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  1. #1
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    Question Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower

    I want to replace my tub with a shower. I am having trouble deciding if I should install a Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower. What are the pros and cons of either a Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower

    what your going to end up with is a lot of opinions. mine is tiled = house, prefab shower = mobile home
    Last edited by havanagranite; 12-27-2007 at 06:01 PM. Reason: add comma

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    Default Re: Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower

    really though they do make some nicer prefabs. but you have a lot more options when you go tile. limited only by your imagination.


    from michigan huh? I'm originally from a small town in michigan called mio

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    Default Re: Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower

    Prefab
    1. cheaper - and looks it
    2. faster install

    Tile
    1. looks nicer - costs more
    2. more design options

    Compromise - fiberglass pan with tile surround. Faster/easier pan install, while still having lots of design options

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    Default Re: Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower

    Here’s my two cents worth…

    Tile is more expensive. But if you go with tile and take the time to come up with a good design that you like a lot and it is done right you will probably be very happy with it for years to come.

    If you go prefab it will certainly perform the function well enough but it will probably be boring and you very well might wish you’d gone with tile. (If you do tile right you will probably not end up wishing you’d done prefab.)


    Bottom line:
    If you are more interested in the function and minimizing cost then prefab would be a good choice. But if you are more interested in having something you really like then tile would be a good choice.

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    Default Re: Prefabricated Shower Stall or a Tiled Shower

    I replace my tub with a curb-less shower stall that I designed and tiled myself. The big advantage to tile was that I could rob space from the closet and from the center of the bathroom to make the stall much larger. I used 1" hex tiles on the floor with epoxy grout and 3x6 subway tiles on the walls.

    But, it took me a long time to finish this project. A prefab would have gone in a lot quicker.

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