While tile showers or those with natural stone or granite walls can have a certain allure – they also have their drawbacks (mainly high maintenance and high costs). If you’re looking for a different alternative the questions becomes what products are available to create a low maintenance, high style and affordable shower system? The article below will look at 3 combinations of products to achieve this goal which include a solid surface base and walls, a stylish glass enclosure with matching acrylic base and Euro-inspired high gloss wall panels.
Idea 1 – Solid surface walls and bases with frameless or semi-frameless glass doors
For a traditionally elegant – yet understated look – solid surface walls and bases are an excellent choice. This sturdy product (the wall panels are 3/8” thick and solid throughout) is easy to work with for the professional contractor or DIY enthusiast and is also completely grout free so you can throw out those harsh cleaning chemicals and scrub brushes!
With over 60 color choices and multiple finishes (including high gloss, matte finish and even a faux tile look) you will find an option which will work with virtually any color scheme (with this product you can get also get a solid surface countertop to match). To complete the low maintenance high style theme a frameless or semi-frameless shower door can be coordinated with the walls and bases.
Idea 2 – Decorative faux stone shower wall panels with an acrylic base and enclosure system
Natural stone walls are beautiful but the cost and maintenance makes them out of reach for many homeowners. A much more cost effective alternative is to use decorative faux stone wall panels. These ¼” thick panels combine high technology digital printing, a waterproof PVC backing and 20 popular stone patterns for a cool look on a budget.
Using these wall panels with a uniquely shaped Fleurco acrylic base and matching glass enclosure system will result in a custom look without a custom price (note – they are also easier to maintain than natural stone).
Idea 3 – Euro-inspired high gloss acrylic walls
If a contemporary design aesthetic is your buzz – but cleaning shower walls is not your favorite thing – then check out these contemporary wall panels. They are made from a 5/32” thick optical grade acrylic providing the look of glass without the breakage worries. They are available in 6 colors (including arctic white, glacier, mocha, red rouge, blue attol and carbon) and are a breeze to wipe down. Combine these panels with an acrylic or solid surface base for a low maintenance shower.
Which of these 3 ideas do you like the best? Please comment or call one of the numbers below for additional input.
If you’re looking for more information or an estimate on remodeling a shower or nationwide material supply for the various wall panels and shower bases 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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