I am seriously considering doing a bath to shower conversion for several reasons which I won't go into here. I got two quotes which were about the same price. One is for a surround made of a solid surface polymer that is pressed to look like tile. You can tell it isn't tile but you also don't have to deal with grout and it is easy to clean because it is smooth. The other quote is for tile so it would be harder to clean because of the grout and because it would be textured. But it's real tile. Any thoughts?
Personally...I would probably go for the solid surface. Seems grout joints usually become a pain, eventually. We used Swanstone (sort of like Corian?) in a shower stall, after tearing out old tile. We use this shower daily and I like it as it is easy to squeegee off after using. (We have a glass door on this shower, and the squeegee takes only a minute and keeps it and the shower free of any residue.)
Thanks Conrad - I was hoping you would respond. You always seem to give good advice.
I've had both shower surfaces. Not much beats the beauty of gorgeous tiles, properly applied, but oh... that horrendous grout maintenance. Now that I'm 60+, nothing beats the ease of maintaining solid surface panels. It's my belief that as the population ages, SS is becoming the general preference.
That is my dilemma exactly - love the look of the tile but don't want the maintenance. I am 52 but plan to live in this home for the duration. I don't want to do this again so I think I really need to think about 'working smarter, not harder'!
You betcha. That's exactly what I thought when we remodeled, too. I haven't yet been sorry for the choice.
I have smooth cultured marble. I LOVE IT!
Does this hat make my butt look big?
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