One of the first decisions you will have to make is deciding how exactly you want to cover your walls. For most people, that decision will come down to deciding between using ceramic tiles or wall panels.
Here is a quick look at the difference between the two and how they may have an impact on installation, budget, and longevity.
- What is the difference between shower panels and tiles?
Tiles have long been the standard for shower wall coverings. Typically made individually from ceramic, a tiled wall in your shower is completely waterproof, will last a long time, and is very versatile in terms of design.
Panels or "wet walls", on the other hand, are typically either made of PVC, acrylic, or laminate and can be bought in large sheets. The newer and more modern option, panels are also 100% waterproof and can come in a variety of styles.
- Which type is easier to install?
In terms of installation, panels are significantly easier to install as opposed to ceramic tiles. All panel types can either be cut to fit your exact specifications or, you can purchase them in a standard dimension that fits most up fr and showers.
Though you can hire a professional to install your new panels for you, it is also very common to install them yourself with basic tools that you likely already have at home.
Tiles, on the other hand, must be installed individually -- meaning they can take a very long time to cover the area. Additionally, tiles typically will need to be installed by either a professional or someone who knows the tile-laying process.
To give you even more perspective,a professional tiling job can take up to 2-3 days whereas a panel installation can be completely finished within a few hours.
- How can tiles or panels impact my budget?
Panels are a much more cost-effective option than tiles when you take into consideration the cost of each individual tile and the labor involved during the installation process.
If you are on a tighter budget, panels will be the best choice because they are not only cheap, but they still offer a 100% waterproof solution for your shower.
However,if you are looking to add a more sophisticated, personalized, or artistic touch to your bathroom, nothing beats a stunning tile display in the shower to serve as a bathroom centerpiece. This will come at a cost, though, and may get expensive.
- Tiles or panels, which one will last longer?
Over a long period of time, a well-tiled area will last much longer than any panel you can buy. However, tiles do involve grout which can be difficult to keep clean and maintain. Individual tiles also have the tendency to break or crack, meaning you may need to replace certain tiles periodically.
Given the fact that panels are so simple to refit and reinstall, many people prefer to just replace when necessary down the road instead of splurging on expensive tiles upfront.