If you’re in the process of remodeling a shower or tub surround and want to eliminate the hassle of grout or get rid of a dated and dirty looking fiberglass unit it’s important to choose a DIY panel system which matches your budget and sense of style. The article below will profile 3 popular options which provide different design styles, price points and options. The common thread with all 3 systems is they are easy to clean and easy to install!
Decorative faux stone tub and shower wall panels
Natural stone has a look many people cannot resist. To achieve this style at a cost effective price consider using a ¼” thick PVC backed DIY faux stone wall panel system. This product incorporates an advanced digital imaging process and is available in 20 stone patterns with a full array of corner seats, recessed niches, accent strips and decorative trim options.
The most cost effective way to purchase this product is with a standard tub or shower kits which are 60” and 78” high respectively. The standard tub kit starts out at $820 and a standard 3 wall shower kit is $1,120. Their smooth surface makes them a breeze to clean.
Understated elegance of traditional solid surface shower and tub wall panels
While the patterning of the PVC faux stone walls can be dramatic some people prefer a more traditional look for their bathroom surrounds. Given this objective the 3/8” thick solid surface wall system not only is a good fit with many home styles – but it also offers the widest variety of color and finish options than any of the 3 options discussed in this article. There are over 60 color options and 5 finishes ranging from gloss (which is shiny smooth surface), matte (for an understated look) to tile, slate and stone patterns. The tile, slate and stone finishes are molded to look like the real materials but have no actual grout joints to clean!
These panels come in standard sized tub and shower kits (which are most cost effective) and start out at $1,050 for a tub and for a 3 wall shower system $1,820. If you need a custom size it’s nice to know the panels can be made as large as 144” x 100” with no seams (wow!). Accessories range from corner caddies, recessed niches, bench and corner seats, various trims and a full array of shower bases.
Sleek contemporary optical grade high gloss acrylic panels
For a modern, clean Euro-look you’ll want to check out high gloss acrylic wall panels. This product comes in 6 fun colors (including arctic white, glacier, blue attol, mocha, carbon and the vibrant red rouge) which can make a statement in a contemporary shower or bathtub. They are available in 36” x 72”, 60” x 72”, 39” x 96” and 60” x 96” sizes and are easy to cut and drill with common woodworking equipment.
Prices for a standard tub unit (3 walls and 60” high) and a 3 wall shower system would be $1,490 and $1,690 respectively.
Which system do you like the best? Please comment below.
If you’re looking for more information or an estimate on remodeling a shower or nationwide material supply for the 3 various wall panels mentioned above call The Bath Doctor in Cleveland (216-531-6085), Columbus (614-252-7294) or for nationwide supply Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888).
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