If you’re renovating your bathroom, the shower is probably one of the most significant focal points in the room. It’s where you’ll spend time decompressing and getting ready for the day, so you’ll want a functional and beautiful space. There are several options for choosing your shower floor, and each has its pros and cons.
What Is The Best Type Of Floor For A Shower?
Today’s most popular shower floor options include tile, wood, stone, fiberglass, acrylic and cast iron. Choosing the right shower floor material and design can really enhance your new space and bring ambiance and cohesiveness to your bathroom.
When choosing your material and design, consider the following factors:
- Cost: the cost can vary drastically from one material to the next. Know your budget and if there is any room for upgrades.
- Maintenance: some materials are easier to clean than others. Smaller tiles mean more grout lines for cleaning. Different materials may require more sealing and conditioning than others.
- Durability: some materials are more susceptible to scratches, dents and water damage than others
- Safety: consider if you’ll need slip-resistant materials or a raised design that would require higher steps
Popular Shower Floor Materials
There are several options when choosing your shower floor, and let’s take a look at some of the most popular options and discuss the pros and cons of each.
- Concrete: Yes, concrete. Casterra uses a special process to cast single-slab concrete shower floors. Our shower floors are smooth with a slip-resistant design. Choose colors and patterns from our large selection. Unlike tile, this single-slab is less likely to crack and is designed with draining in mind.
- Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is available in various options, sizes, colors and patterns. It’s also easy to maintain and clean. It can be incredibly cost-effective. One concern to be aware of is the glaze coating can crack, which can leave the tile susceptible to moisture damage.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass is an incredibly cost-effective option for your next shower floor. Fiberglass floors are prefabricated and cut, making installation very easy and fast. However, fiberglass can scratch or crack and there aren’t as many color or style options as other materials.
- Acrylic: Acrylic is similar to fiberglass in that it is inexpensive, quick, easy to install, and easy to clean. Like fiberglass, it too can scratch or crack. You’ll want to ensure proper installation as water can leak from the shower pan with incorrect installation.
- Wood: Wood is typically a less popular option for shower floors because of its mandatory maintenance. Wood needs regular sealing to prevent warping and moisture damage. It can provide excellent drainage as it’s installed above the shower base. Wood can make your bathroom a truly unique space.
- Cast iron: Enameled cast iron can provide a really different aesthetic to your space. It’s extremely durable and won’t crack like other options. It’s also extremely easy to clean. However, it can be slippery when wet and can be costly to repair.
Casterra Concrete Shower Floors
You’re making a huge investment in remodeling your bathroom and want to add value to your home while increasing your quality of life. Our team will walk you through the process, answer your questions and provide options within your budget for your unique concrete shower floor. Reach out to us online.