Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Carpentry

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-12-2008, 05:54 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 0
Share |
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


Does anyone have an opinion on tile shower versus shower insert? We are on the fence not sure which one? Thanks

yakgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2008, 08:39 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,186
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


Tile shower looks so much better. We just went on the tour of the Street of Dreams and they had multimillion dollar homes with fiberglass showers. Talk about tacky.

Tile needs to be done well in a shower to make it look good. It also has to be waterproof, not water resistant, water proof.

__________________
My idea of a perfect day: No where to go and all day to get there.
Marvin Gardens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2008, 08:56 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


Depends on how hard you want to work. You can't beat a tile shower for value, and classy looks, but you can't beat the ease of installation of a fiberglass shower floor.

There are a lot of critical steps in the installation of a tile shower floor. Definately right and wrong ways to do it.
Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 07:25 AM   #4
Nailerman
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: ohio
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 0
Blog Entries: 2
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


Definitely go with the tile shower. They look much nicer and fiberglass inserts tend to chip and peel. They need reglazed after time. The tile is more expensive but pays off in the end.
nailerman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 07:41 AM   #5
Another DIY Zombie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Champlain, NY (NY, VT, QC Border)
Posts: 281
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


I remodeled my bathroom last year. The original tub/shower was a 1 piece tub/surround. Not bad enough to warrant a replacement by the sellar, but once I got the house, it came out. Granted, the tile I put in was not my choice, it was the GF's (Artistic Director for the house), but everytime I use the shower, I am so happy that I spent the time and effort to do it in tile. Fglass looks OK right after the install, but quickly loses any flare. And you have so many other options with tile for decorating, colors, shapes, spaces, etc...
javan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2008, 09:42 PM   #6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


Tile definitely sounds like the way to go. Now we have to decide whether to do it ourselves or have someone else do it. We hear that the tile base is the tricky part. Any helpful hints out there? My husband is pretty handy, but never has worked with tile. Thanks
yakgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2008, 08:36 AM   #7
Handyguy
 
Brik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: SE PA
Posts: 803
Rewards Points: 0
Send a message via Skype™ to Brik
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


I woudld NOT do a tile base. You can do a solid surface base or even an acrylic or fiberglass base and tile the walls. Lots of base only options. It will make plumbing connections, waterproofing and everything else much easier for a DIYer.
Brik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2008, 09:13 AM   #8
Member
 
RippySkippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Ames, Iowa
Posts: 1,233
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


I would do a tile base, and will NEVER have a acrylic/fiberglass shower/surround again.

I built a tile shower in our home, used the mud deck and kerdi system. And for a DIY'er...it's a great way to go. While it's a bit more expensive...it's a dream to work with, and fully water proof. Go over to the John Bridge forum and do some reading, he also wrote and sells a book that lays out the steps very clearly from start to finish...worth every penny. There's a ton of pictures to give you some ideas...plus you can read up on the kerdi product. If you go the Kerdi route, I'd recommend the Tile-Experts, very knowledgeable, and great to work with. Their site is a bit cumbersome...if you get frustrated, give them a call and they'll set you right up with either a kit or individual pieces...what ever you need.

Just this weekend, my wife commented that every morning is like showering at a resort (that was our first experience with a fully tiled shower). And you know how it goes...if the wife's happy...we're all happy!
__________________
when it comes to breakfast, the chicken is dedicated, the pig is committed.
LMASD
RippySkippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2008, 11:42 PM   #9
Green Builder
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sedona, AZ
Posts: 58
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


Whether you use a tile base or a solid-surface, they key is to get slope to the drain (from all directions) and a complete waterproof liner underneath everything. One piece liner is fairly DIY friendly as long as you remember to fold it not cut it, and not poke holes in it too low.
chalk_hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2008, 07:03 AM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hermitage Pa.
Posts: 586
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


here is a little sugestion go to you local tile or box store and look at all the differant tile then look at the surrounds once you see all the options you have with tile and how much better it looks you will answer this question for yourself.I was a first time bath tiler myself and to tell you the truth it was not that hard to do the job right and now the bath that I did looks great.Every time we have people ove the comment on how nice it looks and ask ok now when are you going to replace the one upstairs it has a surround.I will tell you this though the one thing that made it easy was the info from this site or I would have really made a mess of things and Rippy is right on the Kirdi system is idiot proff..........good luck and let us see how it turns out
clasact is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2008, 09:51 PM   #11
Nia
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 47
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


I've used both when building new homes and Tile is the way to go. For a few dollars more upfront it has a better value for resale and appearance. The insert is easy to install but no matter what quality of style you select, the bottom line, it's still plastic (oh I mean fiberglass).
Nia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008, 01:05 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 32
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


Quote:
Originally Posted by yakgirl View Post
Does anyone have an opinion on tile shower versus shower insert? We are on the fence not sure which one? Thanks
Hi, I have both in my home and because I have hard water, the insert is far easier to clean. The insert still looks sleek, while the tile shower has issues with build-up on the grout. I didn't go cheap with the insert or the tile/installation. I'm particular about cleanliness and scrubbing the grout (with tile/grout safe cleaning products) is time consuming. Even after my tenacity with trying to keep ahead of build-up it still seems to appear and is difficult to remove, thus taking it's toll on the grout itself and in some areas the tile as well. I have had to re-grout the floor of the shower once and it's ready for it again, I'll probably have to do the wall grout this time as well. A big job!
So, I guess you might take your water hardness into consideration before making a final decision.
DorothyOlive
dorothyolive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008, 02:26 PM   #13
Member
 
kimberland30's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 325
Rewards Points: 0
Default

tile shower versus shower insert


We will be taking out our shower surround and installing tile in that space. It just looks SO MUCH BETTER and will have a better return value if we ever decide to sell.

That being said, if you go with a tile, make sure you do it in neutral colors so that you don't 'date' your bathroom. All trends come and go, and what color/styles may look fab-o now may not in a few years. We are going to go with a natural color (tan) and use paint to bring in color.

Good luck! It's much more work (and don't forget to add insets for shampoo/soap!) but so worth it in the end!

kimberland30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tile under the shower? Lynn_Rich Flooring 2 09-26-2008 08:39 AM
Another newbie building a tile shower ChadC Building & Construction 7 08-25-2008 02:58 PM
Problem Glass Tile Shower robin2107 Remodeling 9 04-23-2007 08:19 PM
Shower tile need some help here dirtyb115 Remodeling 2 12-23-2006 12:27 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.