Replacing Your Bath or Shower: Tile Vs. Acrylic Systems
Your bathroom does not last forever. When it is time to replace your bath or shower, you have a decision to make. Two of the most popular options include tile bath tubs and surrounds and acrylic shower and tub systems. Each option has advantages and disadvantages, and what is right for one person may not be right for another. Learning about these advantages and disadvantages can help you decide which option is right for your bathroom. Here is what you need to know about tile and acrylic systems.
Advantages of Tile
They Can Be Customized: Tile systems can be customized. Very unique and complex designs can be created using different materials and color schemes.
They Have a High-End Appearance: Tile shower and tub surrounds also tend to have a high-end appearance. Many people think tile looks more expensive when compared to an acrylic system.
Disadvantages of Tile
Installation Takes Longer: It takes longer to install a tile system. It is a more labor intensive project, generally requiring an installer that specializes in tile installation. The installation project is typically rather expensive and can vary depending on the complexity of the design you choose.
Higher Likelihood of Leaks: The grout and the tile allow cracks to form, which can cause leaks to appear. This is more common with tile systems than acrylic systems.
Tiles Are Heavier: This is a negative because they require the proper flooring support. If this is not in place, it can increase the cost of your project.
Tiles Are High Maintenance: Lastly, tile systems are high maintenance. The grout is easily stained, cracked and mildewed. The tiles need to be sprayed, wiped and squeegeed often to keep them clean. Over time, tile installations may also need to be professionally cleaned or re-grouted. These are important considerations to keep in mind, especially for homes with older family members or homeowners that are aging in place. The daily and long term maintenance may become an issue in the future.
Advantages of Acrylic Systems
Acrylic Systems Shine Bright: Acrylic shines brighter than tile, making it look cleaner and increasing the aesthetic of your bathroom.
Some Systems Have a Bio-Lok® Microbe Shield: A Bio-lok® microbe shield allows you to prevent bacteria growth without the use of chemicals. Did you know that up to 250,000 germs and bacteria per inch can live in your bathtub or shower surround? A Bio-lok® microbe shield prevents this with minimal cleaning effort.
Stylish Options: Acrylic systems have different options available. You can select from a simulated tile or beveled subway tile look, various color options or upgrade your fixture options to make the area look stylish and unique.
Perfect for Aging in Place: Lastly, acrylic systems have many add-on features that make this option perfect for those looking to age in place. You can add easy entry shower bases, slip-resistant bottoms, grab bars and ADA shower seating. They are also low maintenance when it comes to cleaning.
Fast Installation: Acrylic systems can be installed in only one to two days, making it a fast option.
Disadvantages of Acrylic Systems
Appeal: At first glance, some future home buyers may perceive acrylic to be less elegant than a tile bath or shower system. In reality though, the low maintenance benefits of acrylic versus the continued maintenance of tile should be taken into consideration as well.
Both acrylic and tile shower and bathtub surrounds have their own unique benefits. If you are looking to remodel your bathroom or just change up your tub or shower surround, let the experts at Quality Craftsmen help you decide which option is best for your space. We help families through out the East Cobb area identify the perfect solution that will meet the changing needs of their family long into the future. Contact us today for a free consultation.