Tile Vs. Acrylic and Your Bathroom Remodel

January 2, 2019

When it comes to breathing new life into your bathroom, you may be wondering whether or not you want to incorporate tile or you want to go with a pre-fab acrylic piece. A brand new bathroom is a long-term commitment, so before you make your decision, you need to weigh your options. Let’s take a look at both materials and evaluate them across several metrics.

A bathroom with blue tiles

How Long Will It Take?

Considering how important the bathroom is to your daily activities, a speedy remodeling process can be pretty important. When it comes to speed, an acrylic piece cannot be beat. Installing a new acrylic bathtub or shower can take as little as a day with minimal mess. It’s a smooth process that will fit perfectly into the busiest of schedules. Tile, on the other hand, has a varying time table. It all depends on what kind of tile you’re using, the amount of tile being installed, the pattern in which they are laid, etc. If you’re looking for a custom tile experience, then you can expect the process to take a while.

How Much Care Will It Need?

If you have a jam-packed schedule and a whole house of family members, getting into the bathroom to give it a deep cleaning might be a challenge. Thankfully, acrylic is easy to keep clean and holds up beautifully for a long time. To keep it clean, all you need to do is wipe it down with a gentle cleanser periodically. Tile, on the other hand, needs a bit more work. The grout that sits in-between each tile is going to get dirty. It may attract mold, stains, and other nastiness over time and the older it gets, the more likely it is to lose its luster. The tiles themselves may not give you much trouble, but the grout definitely will.

Let’s Talk About Leaks

Getting into a warm bath should be a relaxing experience. A morning shower should never be a cause for concern. When you work with acrylic, you can rest assured that your bathing experiences will go off without a hitch. Acrylic is installed as one piece and that piece is completely watertight. Tile, unfortunately, can cause issues down the line if it wasn’t perfectly installed and if it isn’t then perfectly maintained. Over time, the grout can break down and then water damage can occur.

The Final Word

When it comes to simplicity, it doesn’t get any easier than acrylic. It’s cost-effective, quick to install, and low-maintenance. Tile, thought undeniably beautiful, may end up costing you down the line. For your bathroom remodel, the choice is yours.

Call on Bath Doctor for Acrylic Bathroom Remodeling

If you’re looking to bring a fresh look to your bathroom, then call on the experts at Bath Doctor. We can help you with all aspects of your new bathroom from lighting to fixtures and more. Contact us today for more information. We look forward to serving you.

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