A number of individuals have talked about that they've seen adverts about plastic covering items with tub liners. There appears to be an idea that plastic cowl items with tub liners are a good idea as a result of they are advertised as an answer to ugly tile partitions and tubs. Over years of dealing with each the plastic items and ceramic tile I've seen some various things about both.
I do not really recommend the plastic shower/tub liners.
Why? Because they cowl up the problems with the tile or walls beneath the tile. In addition they tend to leak. (I'm speaking concerning the thin plastic panels, not a one piece molded at the manufacturing facility unit)
Anyway take into consideration an unsightly moldy bathe that maybe has some rotting wallboard as nicely. It is in unhealthy form, ugly, soiled and moldy. Do you actually want to go away that filth, and ugly mold there and simply cover it up? You'd get a nice mold farm behind these plastic panels. Yuk! Plus, I've discovered that the panels should not usually very safe they usually transfer when you step into the bathe or bounce round. So any caulk you set in to seal it will not stay put after which you might have a leak.
If you would like panels for some purpose and you just don't like tile then get something thick and sturdy that may stay on the wall! Like Corian, cultured marble or a one piece Kohler unit. Of course these value more than tile but they'll final. The only actual use I can consider for the skinny plastic ones would be as a short lived measure in a rental unit that you're going to transform soon anyway.
Ceramic tile looks like extra maintenance nevertheless it's really not. Just refresh the caulk when wanted and repair any grout that gets cracked right away and that ought to be about it. Keep away from utilizing any bleach products of any form, or something that comprises bleach at all (most tile cleaners comprise bleach, you possibly can often tell by the label or the scent). The explanation for that's that bleach will eat away the grout. In case you have worn down grout or pinholes in the grout, that might be from bleach or bleach products.
Also Realtors have informed me that their prospects want tile and that it provides to the value of your private home.
For those who still need the panels in your shower or tub space after reading all this, or perhaps you have not determined between tile and panels but, so do some comparisons, this is what I'd suggest: Do a bit of analysis on-line or at a house improvement store. Take a look at the prices for Corian panels, cultured marble panels, Kohler items etc. Do a worth examine, get some colour samples and convey them house and see what seems to be good in your rest room, together with your lighting and with the colours already in your toilet.
The final time I priced out a one piece Kohler unit molded from the manufacturing unit, it was round $3000. The cultured marble was someplace round $1800 for an average shower dimension, however these costs may have changed since I've checked out them. You might also wish to price out ceramic tile for comparability. (a mean plain white tile for a mean bathe is about $300 for the tile). In the event you test it out for your self I think you'll be able to make a greater determination in response to what you find out and your personal taste.