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Tips For Remodeling A New Bathroom Shower

July 13th, 2012

In the bathroom, one amenity which is absolutely necessary is the shower. If you are considering remodeling your bathroom this is an excellent place to start.  The shower can easily be transformed from an ordinary utility, into a comfortable and relaxing shower. All it takes is a little planning and preparation.

Before planning any major upgrades establish a budget. You need to take into consideration the size of the enclosure, whether or not you will be including a tub, type of materials and fixtures. You will also need to decide if this is a “do it yourself” project or if you will be hiring a licensed, professional contractor to complete the job.  When choosing materials, you can select between inexpensive pre-fabricated units to more elaborate custom tile designs, which is why establishing a budget is very important.

Keep in mind that even pre-fabricated shower enclosures can run from several hundred to a few thousand dollars. Most people who really desire a luxury shower design will choose either custom tile or quality solid surfaces like cultured marble or Swanstone.

Although tile is an extremely popular option for showers, other surface materials that may appeal to you are marble slab, in addition to manufactured or cultured marble, which is both affordable and luxurious. However, marble slab can require some maintenance and be subject to wear and tear.  On the other hand, some benefits of cultured marble is that it is low maintenance, long lasting, resist stains, water penetration, and cuts down on mold and mildew issues.

Another popular surface choice is Swanstone, which is considered one of the top green, environmentally friendly, bathroom surfaces.  It is a manufactured composite that has the look and feel of real stone and comes in wide variety of textures and colors.  It is also long lasting compared to other types of organic surfaces and is more resistant to heat, cracks and stains.

As always, it is recommended that you spend some time at a bathroom specialty store looking over the wide selection of shower materials, tiles, and surface materials, in addition to bathroom fixtures.  This will give you an idea as to what your options are, along with pricing.

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