Many people arrive at Showerwall having been searching for an alternative to tiles. The fact that they are already using the word ‘alternative’ suggests that they understand the short comings of traditional ceramic tiles. So if that’s you and in order to get things down on paper so to speak why might you choose bathroom panels instead of tiles?
- Fitting Speed – Undertaking tiling to a good level requires a skilled tradesman and like any skilled tradesman they come at a cost, anything from £25-40 an hour (OCT 16). That’s not to say Showerwall doesn’t require a degree of skill to install but it is an easier proposition to tiling and you may be able to employ a more general property maintenance/handy person to install at around £20-30 an hour (OCT 16). Given the size of the sheets it’s also much quicker to install since you cover more space, this means you’re also employing a fitter for less time.
- Cost – The cost of both Showerwall and tiles will differ from retailer to retailer and will also be affected by the geographical location you live or shop in. Tiles in a swish London showroom will cost you far more than a job lot from a plumbers merchant in Stoke. Furthermore the decor, colour and size of tile will impact cost. If you choose a comparable finish of tile and compare the cost in terms of square metres, Showerwall will more than hold it’s own. You’ll need to do this on at a local level though to get an accurate comparison. Checkout your local Showerwall dealers.
- Less Mess – Fitting Showerwall is a relatively dry process. Tiling a wall after the surface has been prepared still requires 2 wet stages. Applying mortar to bed the tile into and then grouting once dry. This can be a messy process. At it’s most basic Showerwall simply requires a synthetic rubber / resin mix (that’s special glue!) panel adhesive to bond the panel to the wall.
- Easier To Change – Let’s face it Avocado tiles aren’t to everyone’s taste. If you’ve ever moved into a property you may have come face to face with someone else’s choice of decor, specifically the tiling. Those flowery numbers from the 70’s just aren’t you but removing and replacing them is a big job. Even a decent tiler will take half of the plastered wall away with them when removing and this process takes time. If you fancy a change of Showerwall it will be relatively easy to ease from the wall. Let’s be right it won’t all be plain sailing but by comparison far easier. You can also use the old panel as a template for the new one, useful if you’ve fitted around windows or other features. By the way if your existing bathroom does have tiling you’d rather people didn’t see then did you know you can actually fit Showerwall directly over the top? You do now.
- It Won’t Discolour – Tiling looks great when it’s first installed but over a period of time they can look grotty. This is particularly true of the grouting which with a white grout will turn orange/pink in a shower space. Yes you can clean this and furthermore replace it or white over with a pen. It’s still time and expense though, Showerwall requires a simple wipe and the finish will not discolor.
It wouldn’t be a fair comparison if we don’t look at some of the benefits of a tiled wall. Who doesn’t like tiling? What with all the designs and intricate detail you can incorporate.
- Lots Of Choice – While Showerwall has 70+ designs and growing it’s fair to say that the choice of tiles available has us beat. There are literally 1000’s of designs available, in every colour and style imaginable. However can you have a family photo blown up and applied to tiles? A picture of your cat even? No you can’t, but you can with Showerwall. Checkout the bespoke design service, by simply supplying us with a digital file.
- Can Be Repaired – It’s not to say that Showerwall can’t be repaired it’s just that an average householder will be more accustomed to replacing a tile or repairing grout lines.
- Tradesman More Familiar With Tiles – There are plenty of tilers around. Pick up a free local supplement and you can find all manner of companies that will come out and tile your new bathroom and everyone’s got a mate that can do it too. It’s not quite as easy to identify a Showerwall installer. Chances are though if you give a tiler, builder or local handyman a call they will be able to do it as essentially it’s just another form of wall cladding, in layman’s terms.
Ultimately this blog piece is not about trying to make tiling out to be the root of all evil. It’s fair to say though that Showerwall makes a good bathroom splashback instead of tiles and has significant benefits related to cost, fitting speed and upheaval. So why not browse our latest designs here and order a free sample.