Shower Installation: Prefabricated vs. Tile

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Shower installation is the type of project that can get out of hand very quickly if you don’t know what you are doing. Before you get started, take some time to think about all of the skills and tools necessary for the job, including your familiarity with local building codes.

If you aren’t sure that you can do the job properly, call in a licensed plumber to do the job right.

One of the biggest questions that you will have to answer before you begin your shower installation is what type of shower do you want to install? There are two types of showers to choose from, a prefabricated shower stall or a tiled shower. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of showers.

The prefabricated showers are easier to install and due to advances in manufacturing techniques, now offer a wide variety of colors, textures and shapes to choose from. This makes the prefabricated shower a great choice for do-it-yourselfers. However, nothing can be taken away from a custom tile shower.

The advantages to choosing a custom tile shower are simple; you have an almost infinite amount of design styles or ideas to choose from. The only limitations in design will come from your budget.

The other great feature of custom tile is that they can be built to match the dimensions of almost any space. However, it is important to keep in mind that installing tile requires skill and special tools to be done correctly. Also, whereas a prefabricated shower can often be installed very quickly, a custom tile shower will take more time to complete. This is important if you only have one working shower in the house.

No matter what type of shower you install, make sure that it is the right choice for you, your budget and your style. If you can’t do all the work yourself, that’s OK, a trained professional will give you the kind of great results that you want.