If you are building or remodeling a shower in your home, you may be considering different materials. Tile is frequently used in shower stalls, as is cultured marble. Consider the look, size and style of your shower before you make a decision of which type of material.
Multiple types of tile are suitable for use in a shower stall. Any tile that suitable for floor use is also suitable for wall use in a shower, as is ceramic wall tile.
Stone tiles, porcelain tiles, glass tiles and ceramic tiles can all be used either alone or in combination with one another in a shower. This allows for customization of the look of your shower to your personal tastes and preferences.
Cultured marble is made of an acrylic resin into which marble dust has been mixed. Colors and sizes are more limited than with tile, but the result is a clean and uniform surface. Cultured marble and other cultured stone panels can have some shade variation and veining which makes them more decorative than acrylic or fiberglass.
No matter what type of tile you choose to use in a shower surround, you will have grout lines. Grout is important to seal the water out from between and behind the tiles, and should be cleaned and cared for appropriately. Grout should be sealed to help prevent staining in wet areas.
If you have crackled finish ceramic tiles, or stone tiles in your shower they should also be sealed on a regular basis to prevent water absorption and staining.
Cultured marble shower stalls are made up of large panels of resin. There is no grout, and no sealing or special maintenance required. Cultured marble can be cleaned with any non-abrasive cleanser and repolished with a gel coat application if required.
Tile showers are infinitely customizable. You can choose from any type and size of tile, as well as any size of shower stall. Tile showers can be made as large as you require them, and can be sized down to fit smaller areas with ease.
Cost will vary widely depending on the type of tile and the size of your shower stall. Expect to pay anywhere from 70 cents to $200 a square foot for tile and installation in your shower.
Cultured marble showers are much more uniform in appearance and size. Panels are sold in set sizes, and pieced together to form your shower. Colors are limited by manufacturer and and by type.
Cost of cultured marble shower panels begins around $10 a square foot and can go as high as $35 a square foot.