One of the first decisions you have to make is how exactly you want to cover your walls. For most people, that decision depends on whether or not they use ceramic tile or wall panels.
Here’s a quick look at the difference between the two and how they can affect installation, budget, and longevity.
- What is the difference between shower panels and tiles?
Tiles have long been the standard for shower wall cladding. Typically made individually from ceramic, a tiled wall in your shower is completely waterproof, lasts a long time and is very versatile in terms of design.
Panels or “wet walls”On the other hand, they are typically made of either PVC, acrylic, or laminate and can be purchased in large sheets. As a newer and more modern option, the panels are 100% waterproof and can be offered in different finishes.
- Which type is easier to install?
Regarding the installation, In contrast to ceramic tiles, panels are much easier to install. All panel types can either be cut to your exact specifications, or you can purchase them in a standard dimension that is best suited for showers.
While you can hire a professional to install your new panels for you, it is also very common to install them yourself using basic tools that you likely already have at home.
Tiles, on the other hand, have to be laid one at a time – which means it can take a long time to cover the area. In addition, tiles usually need to be installed by a professional or someone who is familiar with tile laying.
To give you even more perspective,Professional tile construction can take up to 2-3 days, while tile installation can be fully completed within a few hours.
- How can tiles or panels affect my budget?
Panels are a much cheaper option than tiles when you factor in the cost of each tile and the amount of work involved in the installation process.
If you are on a tight budgetPanels are the best choice as not only are they cheap, but they also provide a 100% waterproof solution for your shower.
However,When you want to add a more refined, personal or artistic touch to your bathroomNothing beats a stunning tile display in the shower that serves as the centerpiece of the bathroom. However, this is costly and can become expensive.
- Tiles or panels, which ones last longer?
Over a long period of time A well-tiled area will last a lot longer than any panel you can buy. However, tiles are grout and can be difficult to clean and maintain. Individual tiles are also prone to cracking or cracking, which means you may need to replace certain tiles on a regular basis.
Given that panels are so easy to put back in and reinstall, many people prefer to simply swap them out when needed, rather than spreading them out on expensive tiles in advance.