If you live in an older home, you typically have ceramic or porcelain tile on your bathroom shower walls. While you may not like their current condition or color, the truth is that these ceramic tiles have stood the test of time, often lasting 40-50 years or more. When you consider the typical life expectancy of many materials, that’s a pretty good track record.
In the last decade, bathroom remodeling companies have started offering alternative materials when it comes to offering bathroom designs. Unfortunately, the reason for switching from traditional materials is often to save money and increase the contractor’s profits, not to improve the quality and durability of a bathroom remodel. Shower liner is one of those products. It has reduced bathroom improvement costs, but has also had the effect of reducing the quality of many finished bathroom projects.
Simply put, a shower liner, or bathroom installer as they are often called, is a sheet of molded vinyl or fiberglass that is installed on a homeowner’s existing tile and tub. Pipes under bathtub or shower are not replaced. Many times in an older home, ceramic tile will have mold growth above and below the grout lines between the tiles. Shower walls can be unstable and dry rotten. Unfortunately, once the siding is installed over the tiles, the homeowners do not see the conditions that exist behind it. While on the surface everything seems fine, no one can be sure what lies beneath the surface. Of the many ideas that bathroom contractors have come up with, bathroom siding is among the worst.
Rather than save a few dollars and purchase an inferior product, homeowners would do well to utilize the services of a qualified bathroom contractor who will completely replace shower walls and install new ceramic tile. Whether yours is a small or large bathroom, a custom designed ceramic tile scheme will add beauty to your new bathroom and value to your home. Instead of simply installing a white or almond-colored sheet over the shower walls, we can design an attractive angled tile pattern with interesting edging and glass mosaics.
Very often, the cost of the services of a professional bathroom contractor is not much more than taking the cheapest route and installing a bathroom liner. That’s especially true when you consider that you will likely ultimately need to remove the shower liner or bathtub mount to replace damaged plumbing, and eventually install new ceramic tile and walls anyway.