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Bathroom Remodelling: How to Choose between Acrylic Panels and Tiles

Choosing the critical and aesthetic aspects during a bathroom remodel can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. When it comes to deciding between acrylic wall panels vs. tiles, there are man factors to consider, such as the cost, durability, and installation requirements.

An acrylic wall panel is a large one-piece sheet that covers the walls of the area surrounding the shower. Ceramic or porcelain for a shower space are commonly used when tile walls are installed.

Both offer durability and aesthetic options to suit most bathroom styles and designs. If you’re wonder whether acrylic wall panels are better than tiles, the answer is that it depends on several factors.

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Installation

Acrylic shower panels or tiles both take time and skill to install, although acrylic wall panels do offer an easier installation in comparison to individual tiles.

With acrylic units, it is important to ensure the base is secured with a wet plaster or mortar in cases where needed. This will prevent the unit from moving and forcing the seams of the walls. The panels are affixed to the wall with an adhesive for a tight fit. The units are available in one to three-pieces to cover all three sides of the shower walls.

Tiles, on the other hand, require special equipment and tools such as grout, mortar, a tile cutter, and a trowel for basic cases. The process involves prepping the walls before placing each tile one-by-one in the correct position. There are options of tiles set in rows for an easier installation and to reduce the chances of water penetration between the tile lines.

Both choices can be done as a do-it-yourself project if the installer has a particular skillset. A professional will have the expertise and tools to properly install an acrylic shower unit or shower tiles to ensure a waterproof fit.

Aesthetics

Depending on whether you choose acrylic wall panels or shower tiles, it can affect the aesthetics of a bathroom. Do you want a calming effect for a spa-like bathroom or do you simply need a functional shower space for all members of the household?

Acrylic wall panels are limited in colour, texture, and designs in comparison to porcelain, ceramic, stone, or glass tile options.

Bathrooms with a modern and sleek style can benefit from an acrylic wall installation as the appearance offers a smooth and seamless look. On the other hand, tiles can feature different textures to enhance the ambiance of the room’s design.

Maintenance

Due to the limited cleaning and easy maintenance of acrylic wall panels, most households with young families prefer this options. Acrylic wall panels can easily be wiped down after each shower and the whole unit can be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner and a cloth.

There are tile options on the market today that offer a quicker cleaning method as opposed to the tiles used a few decades ago. However, in most cases, the grout between the tiles must be meticulously cleaned and maintained to prevent mould and mildew from developing and spreading.

It’s worth noting, however, that if there is any damage or destruction to an acrylic shower wall, it requires the entire panel to be replaced whereas a broken or chipped tile can easily be repaired in most cases.

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Waterproofing

As water damage to the wall underneath the shower can lead to serious structural issues, it is crucial to have the acrylic shower walls or tiles properly installed.

With tiles, the wall requires waterproofing measures as the grout lines between the tiles may succumb to water penetration. An acrylic shower wall provides a watertight seal as acrylic is a non-porous material. This helps to prevent water from seeping behind the unit to the structural walls.

Durability

One of the biggest concerns with a bathroom shower remodel is durability. Is acrylic stronger than ceramic? In terms of use as a shower wall, yes, it is.

Acrylic shower walls are resistant to chips and scratches and the three-piece units are designed to withstand use over years, expanding and contracting when when the shower heats up and cools down.

Tiles can easily crack or chip despite the longevity and durability. Unlike acrylic units, though, the tiles can be easily repaired if addressed by a professional.

Cost

Lastly, it’s important to consider the cost and your overall budget. Shower tiles tend to be more expensive, as the cost of materials and labour can add up quickly. On the other hand, acrylic wall panels offer a more affordable option without sacrificing quality. Not only are they typically cheaper to purchase and install, but they also require less maintenance over time.

Ultimately, the choice between tiles and panels will depend on personal preferences and budget constraints, but it’s worth considering the cost-effectiveness of each option before making a decision.

Ask the Professionals Which Option Is Best for Your Bathroom

Lampert Renovations has been dedicated to bathroom renovation products for half a century. We have also been in the plumbing business for 100 years. Our Lampert Bath Liners Plus section offers budget friendly and grout-free solutions to your shower needs thanks to our acrylic shower units. Call us at (416) 787-4925 to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable team at our massive Toronto showroom.

About Lawrence Lampert

Lawrence Lampert is the third generation running Lampert Renovations with over 45 years’ experience in the family business. He first started working for his father at the age of 15.  In 1980, Lawrence began running the retail end of the business, gaining experience in selling products and designing showrooms. Lawrence began running Lampert Renovations in 1995 and started up Lampert Bath Liners Plus in 2004, providing customers with acrylic bath liner systems as a grout-free and budget-friendly solution.

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