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5 non-sexy tips to make sure your shower enclosure won’t fail

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 non sexy tips to make sure your shower enclosure won't fail | Innovate Building Solutions

Updated March 9, 2019

Maybe I’ve been in the bathroom remodeling business too long but I actually think shower enclosures can be sexy. I might have looked into a few too many multi-functioning spa-shower heads, sleek deluxe wall panels and even drains with LED lights and my brain has gotten mushy with visions of stylish new showers. Even though I am more than a bit passionate (OK – maybe a bit touched) about shower enclosures, there is nothing sexy about a shower enclosure which has failed!

Does your existing shower resemble these remarks?

  • A cracked and yellowed fiberglass pan which even after calling on a higher power you can’t get clean.
  • A tile grout job which is failing so miserably you may have to resort to begging the grout doctor to come back and repair it one more time.
  • A drain which well – just won’t drain. Now you’re even thinking about buying stock in Draino because it has to go up in price from all the bottles you’ve bought at your local grocery store.

Yes – a newly designed sleek shower can be sexy – but your old shower may be so “un-sexy” you feel the need to (pun-intended) “throw in the towel” on it! If you’ve gotten to the breaking point with your existing shower,  don’t only look at what’s sexy and new in shower products (although that’s a lot of fun). You need to take a look at the nuts and bolts of why showers fail so you won’t go down this “bad shower road” again.

In this article I’m going to challenge you to take a look at 5 “non-sexy” tips to make sure your next bathroom remodeling project doesn’t lead down failure lane. So let’s roll up our sleeves and look at these tips so you can (as Larry the Cable Guy would say) get ‘er done right the first time.

The Pros and Cons of a Walk in Shower – The Untold Story

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Pros and Cons of a Walk in Shower

Updated January 26, 2019

The walk in shower – are you a fan or a foe?

Who knew a type of shower could be such a hotly debated topic, but I’ve seen people struggle big-time on the merits of whether to use a door or doorless shower design. Unfortunately- like most things in life – there is no one right answer on whether the traditional American shower enclosure (which is closed-in on the open end with glass or a shower curtain) or if an open design is the way to go (yes – I have to admit I do have a personal preference – but I’ll share that at the end).

As someone who has a remodeling and shower supply business I will tell you we’ve sold and installed both systems many times and have a pretty good concept of both sides of this “argument” (I say argument because sometimes remodeling can become a “contact sport” between couples!). In this article my goal is to give you the straight scoop, the untold story and the pros and cons of a walk in shower. Let’s check out the points and counterpoints of this debate.

3 Steps to Add Style to a Tiny Home or Houseboat Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

3 Steps for a Tiny Home Houseboat Shower

You’ve seen this nightmare look before. Flimsy plastic shower panels in a tiny home which look like they belong in a beat up old RV – or a yellowing fiberglass shower pan in a houseboat that screams “I got a cheap home center clearance special!” Just because you own or are building a home where you need lightweight materials which will “travel” well doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or style.

Whether you are a DIY enthusiast looking to build an efficient tiny home to live off the grid or are having an upscale houseboat professionally built you can rest assured that lightweight and innovative building materials are no longer mutually exclusive. In the article below I’ll take you on a mini-journey (this “journey” will go from the shower pan up to the shower wall panels and finish with the glass enclosure) to show ways to add style to a tiny home or houseboat shower…without busting your budget.

Does thickness matter in shower wall panels?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Does shower wall panel thickness matter

Updated January 27, 2019

If you’re a do it yourselfer or a homeowner looking eliminate the hassle of a tile shower you may be looking at grout free shower wall panels. Like many things these days the choices can be varied and complex. How do you figure out which is best for you? Here are some options which may be on your list:

 

  • Thin (usually 1/8″ or thinner) and inexpensive shower panels made of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or fiberglass or acrylic wall panels.

 

  • Slightly thicker(1/4″ thick)  and moderately priced panels including PVC backed faux stone panels .

 

The question becomes do thicker and more expensive panels automatically make the best choice? In my opinion, the short answer is no. In the article below let’s explore 5 factors – which along with material thickness – can help you make your best choice. While it’s not bad to have thicker panels, there should be more ‘features’ you’ll want to dig into to choose the best choice for you.

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

5 Things Nobody Tells You about Shower & Tub Wall Panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

Updated July 21, 2019 

If you’ve ever been subjected to an in-home sales presentation from a hard-selling acrylic shower or tub wall salesmen – you know some of the “facts” surrounding grout free shower and tub wall panels “spun” quite a few ways. These reps may tell you their system is the only right one for your bathroom, or they have the only “one-piece” system or that it’s not possible to install grout free shower and tub wall panels yourself. As the owner of Innovate Building Solutions (we wholesale and install 5 different lines of tub and shower wall panels) I can tell you choosing the right system for your project is not a “one size fits all” situation. There is no one product which is “the best” (note – if there was one best solution we would not offer 5 lines ourselves!).

The best product for you is simple the best one which you LOVE to look at. It’s one which fits your needs. It’s a product which won’t have you on your hands and knees begging to chuck the scrub brush which seems permanently fixed to your hands. And most importantly works for your budget.

My goal in this article is to shatter  the myths and half-truths being told by high pressure, sleezy, ,’dirt-buckety’ (not sure that’s a word!) sales people who have one goal in mine for your project….their commission! Read on to blow up the myths and mysteries regarding grout free wall panels.

Got a problem area? Glass blocks may provide a unique solution

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Glass blocks are a trendy way to add an eye-catching addition to any space in the home. They’re sleek, contemporary, sturdy, versatile, and best of all, low maintenance. Glass blocks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, patterns, and colors and allow privacy while letting in light. Here are four ways to use glass blocks:

glass block shower enclosureGlass block shower enclosures: Do you need to fit a shower into a bathroom with an odd shape or limited space? Glass block shower enclosures can be customized to fit any size bathroom, large or small and regardless of shape. Because glass blocks are available in so many sizes and shapes, the showers can be square, rectangular, or even curved or rounded. Glass blocks are rugged and long-lasting. They tend to last longer than tile or traditional glass showers.

Glass block room dividers: If you want to glass block room dividerdivide a room but don’t want a plain old drywall wall, glass blocks may be the answer. Whether you need a floor-to-ceiling partition or a half-wall room divider, glass blocks are a stylish way to divvy up a space. Not only do they add an interesting focal point to the room, they allow light to filter through. Add colored or patterned blocks for a unique look.

glass block accentsGlass block accents: Glass blocks can create an interesting accent wherever you install them. Use them on the back of a kitchen island for a finishing touch that is stylish and easy-to-clean. A glass block bar becomes the center of attention in a recreation room, home theater, or family room. Use laser-etched glass blocks or colored glass blocks to create a one-of-a kind focal point in any room.

How to Design a Curved Glass Block Shower or Partition Wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Curved glass block shower wall using curved blocks

Curved glass block shower wall using curved blocks

The process to design a curved glass block wall is not rocket science! Yes – you heard that right. Many people want the benefits of a curved glass block wall (which can be less costly and sturdier than custom curved and bent flat glass) but they are unfamiliar with the design, fabrication and installation approaches required to create a curved glass block wall.

 In the article you’ll learn where to use this type of wall, how the product, fabrication and installation approaches in “tight curves” vary from “sweeping curves,” and  also identify unique ways to personalize your wall.

Making a low maintenance shower enclosure with high style and function

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 

Fleurco curved glass shower enclosure with Sentrel Waterproof Wall Surrounds

Fleurco curved glass shower enclosure with Sentrel Waterproof Wall Surrounds

If someone had a dime for every nasty tub and shower enclosure out there – they would truly be a rich person! Let’s face it – since tubs and showers are by there very nature wet spaces they can certainly get unpleasant over time – moldy walls, dirty grout joints, chipped, stained and rusty tubs are just some of the conditions many people find in their baths.

 

The challenge is how can the bath or shower be remodeled to not only improve the looks of the space – but also to make it more functional, safer and healthier?

 

Learn below about an exciting approach which can be used for a shower replacement or a bath to shower conversion which can be used for to transform an ugly (and perhaps unsafe) bathroom into one you’ll enjoy entering every day.

How to finish the top of a glass block wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

 

 

 

Glass block wall with top finished with end blocks

Glass block shower wall that used finished end blocks on the top & sides of wall

A recurring question for people who want to build a glass block wall is how to finish the top of the wall. Similar to the answer to most questions is it all depends. Learn below the most common options to finish the top of a glass block wall (whether it is used as a partition or conference wall or shower enclosure) and what factors you should consider when choosing the best option for your project.

Shower Enclosure and Base Design – One Size Does Not Fit All

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Curved glass block walk in shower wall decorative tile border expanded polystyrene base

Curved glass block walk in shower wall decorative tile border expanded polystyrene base

If you’re planning to convert a tub into a shower or just want to replace an old shower stall with an up to date unit you know the choices can be daunting. To simplify this process follow the 3 steps below or visit Cleveland Design & Remodeling at The Great Big Home & Garden Expo at booth #964 this week for additional input or advice.

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