The Best Shower Stall Materials

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There are many good materials for shower stalls.
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There are many decisions that need to be made regarding a new shower purchase. One of the biggest, though, is what to do with your actual shower stall. When you decide it's time to replace your shower stall, there are many different options available. Knowing the pros and cons of each shower stall material can help you make sure you make the right choice.

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Plastic Shower Stalls

One popular material to make shower stalls from is acrylic. Acrylic can be cut in one large piece and used to cover the entire wall. Acrylic shower stalls usually have a glossy finish, and the material comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, meaning it's an extremely versatile option.

Herl's Bath & Home Solutions claims acrylic is a fantastic shower stall choice if you're looking for good value for money, as it tends to be inexpensive to purchase and to install. Installation is also fairly easy and can even be done without a professional. Acrylic is also mold-resistant and very easy to clean, alongside being less slippery than other shower stall materials.

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Another plastic option is fiberglass. Fiberglass shower stalls are somewhat higher priced than acrylic but offer a more high-quality feel and appearance. Fiberglass retains a high-gloss finish and is easy to clean and maintain. While it can offer a beautiful shower stall option, fiberglass tends not to be as long-lasting as other options.

Glass Shower Stalls

Glass is a classic option for shower stalls. You can opt for tempered glass, which is treated to make it stronger than your standard glass pieces. It can make your shower feel bigger, as it lets in plenty of light, and it offers a lot of variety, as you can opt for different etching options. Home Reference also praises how easy tempered glass is to clean.

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There are some issues with glass shower stalls, however. It tends to show soap scum and watermarks very easily, so will likely need cleaning more often to maintain an attractive appearance. Tempered glass is also quite slippery, so not great for those who are more accident-prone. Glass shower stalls tend to be more expensive and are difficult to install, so that process is best left to a professional.

Stone Shower Stalls

Other popular choices for shower stalls are stone and stone tiles. Quartz and other types of stone tiles are extremely durable, so they make a great option if you really want your shower stall to last. Shower Wall claims a stone stall is essentially a lifetime investment and is resistant to cracking, chipping, scuffing or becoming moldy.

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Stone shower stalls also have a really beautiful, natural look that's totally one of a kind. Essential Home and Garden praises the luxurious feel a stone shower stall offers to any bathroom.

Nonetheless, there are downsides to opting for stone. It can be hugely expensive and difficult to install, especially due to the fact that it's impossible to find totally uniform tiles. Stone can also be a little more difficult to clean thanks to its porous nature and may need to be treated before use to ensure it's properly watertight.

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Annie Walton Doyle is a freelance writer based in Manchester, UK. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Professional Photography Magazine, Bustle, Ravishly and more. When not writing, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature and mysteries.