A shower liner or shower wall can protect your shower from damage and premature wear and tear. Installed in your shower, the shower liner goes above or below the shower floor to ensure the water goes down the drain where it belongs.
Shower liners are a great alternative to the traditional shower curtain and shower curtain liner combo that millions of people use for their showers. They’re easy to clean and come with affordable installation options, making them ideal for the modern family.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about shower liners to decide whether a shower liner is suitable for your bathroom.
What Is A Shower Liner?
As mentioned above, a shower liner protects your shower and ensures that water goes where it needs to – down the drain. Shower lines help prevent dirt from collecting in your tile, making maintenance and cleaning easier.
You have options when it comes to shower liners. They go below the surface of the floor, also called the shower pan, and come in flexible or solid forms.
The great thing about shower liners is that you don’t need to redo your entire bathroom for them. You can simply install them in your existing bath, making them an ideal, cost-effective solution, especially if you’re on a budget.
Materials for Shower Liners
Regardless of what material you choose for your shower liner, it will be custom-installed to the exact size and shape of your shower, providing the tight fit you need.
Let’s look at the materials you can choose for your shower liner.
Fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP)
Being one-tenth of an inch thick, you would think that FRP would be fragile enough to shatter easily. But that is not the case. FRP is tough and can withstand some wear and tear. Just keep in mind that it is easily scratched, and the color fades over time. So while it won’t shatter, it does need to be handled carefully.
If you’re looking for a shower liner that will last for decades, FRP probably isn’t your best bet. But if you’re looking for a quick solution for your bathroom, you’re set!
Pure fiberglass is like an upgraded version of FRP. It’s thicker, making it more durable, but it also comes with a higher price tag. You still may deal with scratching and discoloration, but again, this is ideal if you’re looking for a quick fix that’s stronger than FRP.
If you’re looking for something that won’t scratch, discolor, or turn yellow over time, acrylic might be perfect for you! Installation is a bit more tricky since acrylic needs to be placed over backer board, but that’s what the professionals are for, right? Keep in mind that acrylic does cost more than fiberglass.
With PVC composite installed over your drywall or tile, you can easily create a stone or tile aesthetic. PVC composite is generally one-quarter inch thick.
Solid surface shower liners are made of resin, filler, and pigments. Cultured marble and alumina trihydrate, a refined, inert mineral that’s flame retardant, are popular options that are three-eighths of an inch thick. You can easily create a luxurious feel with a solid surface shower liner. If that’s what you’re looking for, look no further!
Laminated MDF is made of vinyl coating that’s been pressed onto a medium-density fiberboard core. To make installation easy, laminated panels are usually manufactured with a tongue and groove. They click together like laminate floorboards and are three-eighths of an inch thick.
Natural stone is for you if you’re looking for luxury, and the price tag doesn’t matter. This option comes with a price tag double that of FRP or fiberglass. Options like marble or granite will take your bathroom aesthetic to the next level while providing your shower with the protection it needs.
Pros and Cons of Bathroom Shower Liners
Now that we’ve discussed what a shower liner is, let’s look at the associated pros and cons to help you decide whether a shower liner is right for your bathroom.
Pros of Shower Liners
- Non-porous and mold-resistant materials make them easy to clean.
- No grout lines.
- They’re easily installed; one panel replaces 20 to 30 tiles.
- Multiple design choices.
- Installation goes over tiled walls.
Cons of Shower Liners
- Not all liners are made equally; some will last longer than others. FRP and fiberglass last 10 to 15 years, while natural stone can last a lifetime.
- Installation can be difficult and time-consuming.
- Getting the panels to the right spot in your bathroom can be tricky.
Based on these pros and cons, you might decide that a shower liner is a perfect choice for your bathroom!
Or, you might struggle to decide, which is why we recommend consulting with a professional who has an experienced eye and who can provide you with guidance on what will work best for your bathroom.
The professionals have installed enough shower liners to know whether one will work for your bathroom or if there’s another option you should consider instead.
Plus, they’ll take that con out of installation! With years of experience, they’ll ensure your shower liner is carefully and correctly installed so you can enjoy a low-maintenance, easy-to-clean shower.
Get Your Shower Liner from Bath Planet
The professionals at Bath Planet are experts at everything from bath conversions (tub to shower or shower to tub) to showers and anything in between. We remodel, replace, and renovate bathrooms every day, and we’d love to help you with yours! We even offer one-day remodels for master baths and small bath projects.
One of the most important parts of getting your bathroom just how you want it is getting the right team to install everything for you. Bath Planet does an incredible job installing bathroom kits. If you’re looking for a custom option, Utah Home Remodel has got you covered!You can find a Bath Planet location near you with our Location Finder, or call us at 855.239.1631 with any questions you have. Let Bath Planet transform your bathroom today!