Shower Wall Options: Comparing Types of Shower Wall Materials

A woman smiles as she dries off after a shower. The ceramic tile in her shower is just one of the shower wall options available to homeowners.

When you’re modernizing your bathroom, deciding on the exact way to update your shower to may seem like a difficult decision. Part of that decision is choosing what type of materials to use for your shower walls. But don’t stress! There are many great shower wall options to choose from. Here are a few top choices and their benefits:

Ceramic, Glass, and Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain, ceramic, or glass tiling brings proven style to any bathroom. With these types of materials, you can customize your surfaces in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and textures. Compared to fiberglass and acrylic, ceramic, glass and porcelain tiles can also appear more elegant and classic. They are also highly stain-resistant, and damaged tiles can be easily addressed by simply replacing broken, cracked or chipped tiles.

The downside? ceramic, glass and porcelain tiles can be much more expensive than prefabricated fiberglass and acrylic, and tiling can be a messy, extensive job, compared to other, more modern options. The grout used with these tiles can also be difficult to keep clean.

Stone Tiles

Stone tiles will give a natural, yet luxurious look to your bathroom. If your bathroom already has natural materials, such as stone counters and sinks or metal hardware, adding stone tiles can enhance this look even more. Common options include range from granite and quartzite  to marble and even onyx. There when it comes to traditional materials, nothing is as opulent as stone.

However, stone requires much more maintenance than porcelains and ceramics. Some stone (such as marble) can be prone to stains; others may be surprisingly easy to scratch. Since most stone is water absorbent, it will need to be honed and sealed prior to installation. This sealing material must be reapplied on a regular basis, and can be damaged by some household cleaners. Again, cleaning grout is an ongoing concern. Plus, opulence comes with a price: Stone is the most expensive of the shower wall options

Kohler LuxStone Shower Walls

Midwest Bath offers Kohler LuxStone walls, an innovative product renowned for its state-of-the-art design and modern look, which works well for a stylish and speedy shower upgrade. The installation of Kohler LuxStone walls can be completed in as little as one or two days. Plus, modern manufacturing techniques allow Kohler to create walls that resemble stone, tile and more! Other main benefits of LuxStone walls include:

  • Easy to maintain grout-free shower walls that are resistant to soap stains and watermarks
  • Wide variety of color and pattern options
  • Combines natural marble and durable fiber strands to resist cracking, staining, and chipping off for many years
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Aside from shower walls, we also provide complete LuxStone showers and enclosures, as well as durable faucets, glass doors, and accessories.

Ready to Explore Your Shower Wall Options?

A Kohler product from Midwest Bath is always a great investment. To learn more about the available shower wall options for updating your bathroom, contact one of our friendly service representatives today by giving us a call at 866-816-0065, or get more information by filling out our brief online form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.