Shower Panels vs Tiles

  • When it comes to designing bathrooms, we know that tiles are considered the traditional choice for your walls. But we thought it was time to balance the scales and make sure that you know about the quicker, easier, and cleaner alternative: shower panels.

    The popularity of shower panels has been gaining momentum over the past 20 years as homeowners have learned about the new technology and innovative designs of modern panels. Not only can they create sleek, hygienic bathrooms but they’re also the driving force behind the demand for wet rooms. So, below we’ve wrapped up all of the advantages of shower panels to make sure we can answer that growing question: are shower panels really the better alternative to tiles?

    We think yes – but of course, we’re biased. So here are four huge advantages of shower panels over tiles that will have you leaping over to our side of the fence:

    ·       They will save you money

    On average, you can save up to 25% on shower panels vs tiles. That makes some sense though; not only do you need two or three panels vs multiple tiles, but the longevity of our products means that there’s a saving on the full life cost, too. Don’t forget we also offer a 10-year manufacturers guarantee for that extra peace of mind.  

    ·       No grout = no mould.

    Imagine your shower wall as one expanse of easy to clean surface – no grout lines, no breaks in the elegant design. Without grouting lines, we’ve eliminated the breeding ground for mould that you get with tiles. The idea of never having to re-grout your shower is quite a welcome one!  

    ·       They are quicker to install

    If you think of tiling a bathroom enclosure as a 300-piece puzzle, then installing shower panels is an easy-peasy 3-piece puzzle. The maths on which is quicker to complete is quite simple to work out. For you, that helps your installer get in and out quicker, meaning your bathroom gets back to being your bathroom sooner. Plus, you don’t need a specialist tiler to do the work, and any tradesperson will be able to fit and install your panels!

    ·       They’re easier to maintain and stay cleaner.

    No grubby grout lines means no endless scrubbing. With their non-porous surface, shower panels can be cleaned using normal soap, water, and a soft cloth. A lot quicker to clean as you go, without the need for specialist cleaning products.

    While we’re here, lets debunk a few myths:

    Traditional bathroom looks can’t be achieved with modern wall panels.

    o     Not true!

    Yes, shower panels are the modern, improved solution to tiles; they’re innovative in their technology and ability to save you both time and money, however that is not at the cost of a traditional look. If it’s the nature inspired look that you’re after, Wetwall can help you achieve the timeless look of natural stone and marble, but at a fraction of the costs of expensive materials. Or, if you’re set on the tile look, our Composite Range is full of tiled patterns! And that’s the look of tiles, without the need for grouting. It’s the modern-traditional aesthetic with the convenience and benefits that shower panels bring. The best of both worlds.

    I don’t have as much design flexibility with shower panels

    o   Not true

    Our shower panels are available in a wide range of decors including stone, marble, patterned and solid colour. That means you can create any look for your bathroom, from modern, to traditional or even urban – we have the shower panel that will fit your vision. We even have wood style panels that can create a tranquil spa effect in your own bathroom.

    All of our ranges are perfect for walls away from the shower too. Over baths, around WCs and basins, splashbacks and high use areas like behind towel rails. The ranges are ever so flexible for the designer, so why stop at the shower enclosure?

     We might be slightly biased in our preference for shower panels but it’s not hard to see why. Take a look at our full range to find the best panel for your bathroom, and if you have any more questions, we’re always here to help! Get in touch.