Re: Shower tiled or ?2
Nov 12, 2009 9:16 pm
Slumped glass is something we were considering (not because of cleaning issues though) but for looks. However it would have cost a fortune. You could always go for very large tiles.
You might be able to get polished concrete walls as well but would imagine it would cost a lot.
It depends on your budget I guess.
Re: Shower tiled or ?3
Nov 12, 2009 9:36 pm
The major plumbing houses have a preformed product - some form of plastic (don't let that word put you off - same material as shower bases) that comes in the form of a large sheet with a fold down the centre where this fold fits into the corner of your shower. The sheet is glued into place and is completely water tight. Drill or cut the holes for where the taps and shower outlet go prior to gluing into place.Thus it is obviously groutless - material from memory is just a few mm thick.
(Apologies for the poor description of this product - I had all the info on this until a while ago when I threw it out.) I know TradeLink have this product as have seen it there.
Re: Shower tiled or ?4
Nov 13, 2009 7:19 am
To help barkly out, they are acrylic shower systems. Best place to have a look on the web is the Marbletrend website. The system comes as seperate shower base, walls (folded in corner - so no join) and screens & door.
Acrylic is non-porous, hygienic and easy to clean. There's no grout, and if installed correctly no sealant for mould to grow in.
Average pricing $1000 - $2000. Plenty of styles to choose from including some really nice frameless ones now.
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Re: Shower tiled or ?5
Nov 13, 2009 11:27 am
I was referring (trying to refer ) to the walls only in my above effort. From memory the folded walls were about $500 or thereabouts. Your estimated costs I presume include the base and screens as well?
Re: Shower tiled or ?6
Nov 13, 2009 2:43 pm
We get asked for tile alternatives all the tile. Plastic walls are the cheapest and easiet alternative and work well, but many people do not like the look, Next up in cost is laminate and Laminex have wet area pannelling. This is better and comes in a variety of colour and style. I alwys think it will be good, but then stumble when it comes to joining, they sell edging strips etc, but they do not look to great. I have seen them siliconed together, but again this may not work 100% and water may get in.
Glass is a great next alternative but tends to be cost prohibitive. $4-500 per sqm installed. Ace for cleaning tho....
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Re: Shower tiled or ?7
Nov 13, 2009 2:53 pm
squidgy and a wipe with towel after use. Will last forever without mould.
My parents bathroom still looks new after 20 years on the first silicone application and the original grout.
Is a bit of a b%&^ch to get into the habbit of but once you get everyone over that initial hurdle....
Re: Shower tiled or ?11
Dec 26, 2009 6:47 pm
I know it's been a while since this post was commented on, but we were recently in this same position and can relate. I hate cleaning the shower!!! It takes forever to clean the grout and is such a pain so when we renovated our bathroom we looked at other alternatives and decided to go with ceramalite panels which are I guess like a laminate panel and they have been nothing but trouble!! Now I wish that I had stuck with tiles and would def go back to cleaning tiles if given the option!
I also think a dark tile in the bathroom looks great and I would advise to go with tiles because as much as they are a pain to clean, you don't want the alternative!
Hope this helps a little if you are still unsure or deciding what to do!
Re: Shower tiled or ?13
May 18, 2010 11:26 pm
Acrylic wall sheets work great! But glass would look the best, but works out the be some $200 per sqr metre. I think it has to be at least 12mm toughen glass and then have to get some one to install it.
I personally think tiles look the best, but grout is porous and will has the problem of mould growing in it.
Marbletrend has acrylic walls, however, I wouldn't get the one with the moulded soap holder, looks like trouble. Make sure you get acrylic walls that are PVC capped acrylic, I used some cheap walls from a major green home ware centre, it wasn't suitable for wet areas.
Re: Shower tiled or ?14
May 26, 2010 3:01 pm
I've found these guys do poly marble bases, there is a small write up on poly marble. http://www.showerline.com.au. Also I read this that might help also - http://www.improvemyhome.com.au/articles/bathrooms/bathroom-shower-bases