Q: Dear Ed: We are remodeling our bathroom to include a walk-in shower. We want to design a custom shower, but do not want to use tile. Do you have any suggestions on how we can build our shower stall using alternative materials?
â€” Mary and Tommy, Florida
A: Letâ€™s start from the bottom up. If youâ€™re not going to use tile, usually you need to first choose a pre-made shower base. Shower bases are factory-made and available in different sizes and materials. A cast-iron shower base can be a solid choice.
For alternative shower wall and ceiling materials, composite panels are becoming very popular for custom stalls.
A composite panel is a high-end, heavy-duty waterproof sheet. The special wall sheets are made in many colors, textures and patterns. They also can be custom-cut and joined together with special seams to create a one-of-a-kind look.
The main advantage with a composite panel is it goes up in one piece without any grout lines.
Bottom line: With composite shower panels, you can wash away any fears about using alternative materials for your custom shower stall.
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