Shower: insert or tile?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Bosun, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. Bosun

    Bosun New Member

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    I realize that the tile has the look and feel of money, but if you were showering 1-2 times a day, which one would you choose for ease of care and feeding?
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    shower

    Can you get a one piece shower into the room? If so, that would be the least expensive option.
     
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  4. Nate R

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    And be easier to care for in the long run. No caulk or grout to get nasty in years down the road.
     
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    Even if you have to put it in in several pieces (base, two side...), from a maintenance point, it's easier to put a few beads of caulk than maintaining grouted walls. However, prep the walls in a water tight manner! The oldest one I have in use is 15 years old and it still looks and works great(3 piece unit).Good luck!
     
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    For retrofit,
    I like using cultured marble.
    http://www.veronashowers.com/master-bath-pictures

    After removing the existing shower or tub, and removing the wall board, it's easy to drop in a new tub or shower pan,
    Install new backer board,
    And then glue the marble panels up, using Silicone at the joints.

    The panels can be poured to cover the hole left in the room by the removal of the drywall.
     
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    Where?

    Where does one get cultured marble? How does it compare in cost?

    I have a 60" shower--thinking of going with Sterling.
     
  8. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    How much does cultured marble cost?

    More than a Sterling kit,
    But when you add the cost of drywall, taping, texture and painting to the cost of the Sterling, it's about even.

    One looks amazing, the other one looks more like a retrofit remodel.
    www.designersmarble.com
     
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