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Video:Pre-Fabricated Shower Stalls Vs. Tiled Showers

with Nick Manzanares

Deciding between a prefabricated shower insert or a custom tiled shower can be difficult. Here's a quick and easy guide to the pros and cons of prefabricated shower stall versus tiled showers.See Transcript

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Transcript:Pre-Fabricated Shower Stalls Vs. Tiled Showers

Hello, I'm Nick Manzanares, vice president of Pro Builders Design and Construction located here in San Luis Obispo, Calif. I'm here today for About.com to go over the pros and cons of pre-fabricated shower inserts versus tiled shower enclosures. Since the shower is typically the central focus in most bathrooms, choosing a style that will meet your long-term needs is crucial. Please consider the following.

Pros and Cons of Pre-Fabricated Shower Stalls

Let's first take a look at pre-fabricated inserts: they are relatively inexpensive, you have a wide selection to choose from, and the installation time usually takes about two days. However, they're not as desirable as tile, and are often considered low-quality or cheap looking. They also have to be installed perfectly to prevent water leak and damage to the surrounding areas, so there is a bit of risk involved if you do do it yourself or hire someone who isn't experienced.

Pros and Cons of Custom Tiled Showers

Tiled showers not only provide a more custom, quality look, they also allow for more design flexibility during the renovation process. For example, you can add unique niches and benches to the shower, and experiment with the tile placement for aesthetic appeal, not to mention the seemingly endless types of tile there are to choose from. This would never be possible with a pre-fabricated shower insert, for what you see is what you get. The downside of tiled showers is that they're quite costly in terms of materials and installation, and can take quite a lengthy amount of time to complete.

Tips for Combining Pre-Fabricated Shower Stalls and Tiled Showers

Just a tip: If you're having trouble deciding between prefabricated shower insert or a custom tile shower enclosure, there are ways of combining the two. You can always install a prefabricated shower pan, which is the floor or base of the shower, and tile the walls. This will still provide a custom look, but won't be as invasive a process as an all-tile shower enclosure. Whether you choose to go with a pre-fabricated shower insert or a custom tile enclosure, take the time to weigh your options. Think about your long-term needs and the size of investment you're willing to make.

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