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Expert Insights: Why Solid Surface Showers Offer Superior Value Over Tile

When planning a bathroom renovation, the choice between solid surface and tile for your shower can profoundly impact both the project's overall cost and the long-term satisfaction with your space. At Bath Pro KC, our extensive work with The Onyx Collection has provided us insights into why solid surface showers may offer superior advantages for many homeowners.

Beautiful, modern, solid surface shower remodel

Cost Efficiency and Installation

Tile showers are known for their labor-intensive installation process. Achieving the correct slope, waterproofing, and careful grouting not only demands precision but also time, contributing to higher labor costs. On the other hand, solid surface showers, particularly those from The Onyx Collection, feature a four-piece system streamlined for efficient, less costly installation. Our experts can complete these installations in about 2 to 3 days, offering a simpler, quicker, and more budget-friendly option for homeowners.

Minimal Maintenance Required

The maintenance demands of tile versus solid surface showers can be night and day. Tile surfaces, especially the grout lines, are prone to staining, mildew, and mold, requiring regular cleaning and periodic resealing every six months. Solid surface showers, with their non-porous nature, eliminate such concerns. They don't harbor mold or mildew and are significantly easier to clean. At Bath Pro KC, we enhance this advantage by employing specially formulated color-matched silicone in our installations, ensuring a watertight seal that further reduces upkeep requirements.

Unparalleled Selection and Style

Choosing solid surface materials doesn’t mean compromising on design. With The Onyx Collection, for instance, homeowners have access to a vast spectrum of over 50 colors and a variety of wall patterns, all available at equitable price points. This wide selection makes it easy to customize your shower to fit any bathroom aesthetic, from modern minimalism to traditional elegance. Additionally, the seamless look and feel of solid surface installations give your shower a luxurious, high-end appearance without the high-end maintenance.

Durability and Warranty

The long-term resilience of solid surface materials can be significantly superior to that of tile. The Onyx Collection, for example, offers a remarkable lifetime guarantee on their products. This commitment to durability signifies a product that can withstand daily use without the wear and tear that might necessitate early replacement of tile showers. It's an investment in peace of mind, knowing that the beauty of your shower will endure for years to come. Many customers ask, “Who’s forever, theirs or mine?” Rest assured, The Onyx Collection has been around since the 1980’s. They are a family-owned and operated business, and while they are based here in Kansas, they ship their product from coast to coast. They are a company that truly stands behind their forever guarantee. This guarantee is tied to their product, not to the purchaser. If the product ever fails, they will replace it. 

Why Choose Solid Surface for Your Shower

With nearly 250 shower renovations annually, a significant majority of our clients at Bath Pro KC opt for solid surface solutions, largely due to the advantages outlined above. While our expertise spans all kinds of bathroom remodeling projects, our experience leads us to recommend solid surface materials for those looking to balance aesthetic appeal with functionality and ease of maintenance.

Our commitment at Bath Pro KC is to transform your bathroom into a space that not only reflects your personal style but also meets your needs for durability and minimal upkeep. Solid surface showers represent just one way we can help you achieve a bathroom that looks great and functions even better, now and in the future.

We invite you to explore the possibilities solid surfaces offer for your bathroom renovation. Let Bath Pro KC help you create a timeless bathroom space that is as beautiful as it is practical.


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