Benefits of Installing Tile instead of a Shower Wall Overlay
There are several different choices and methods to consider when it comes time to replace old cracked and moldy shower walls. Simple ‘quick fixes’ such as bathtub and surround overlays and more the more involved method of installing tile are just two options you as a homeowner can decide upon.
With a complete bathtub/shower overlay it is possible to get rid of old cracked tile and moldy grout lines in one fell swoop. Not only is this revamp quick, it is easy, with a rep coming out once to measure and once to install. There’s practically no mess and since it only takes one day the added stress of having a bathroom under construction for weeks on end is obsolete. Shower overlays provide clean lines and an easy-to-clean surface.
Since a shower overlay is simply placed over the top of existing tile there is no need for any massive demolition.
However, by leaving the tile in place and using an overlay, it is impossible to see if any current damage has progressed further below the surface making it possible for mold, mildew and rot to continue to fester. If perhaps there is cracking around the drain or faucet, a shower overlay is not going to address those problems, its only purpose is to extend the life of the tub and shower surfaces.
Shower overlays are not always cheaper than installing tile. For example, the area around one of your fixtures is starting to crack and while the shower overlay is able to completely cover this area up, the damage remains making it possible for more deterioration to take place under the surface. Removing old tile when problems arise is smarter and more cost efficient in the long run.
Once tile is removed, base boards are exposed and any existing mold or rot can be cleaned up and repaired. New wallboard and tile can then be installed along with special water proof grout. Although choosing this course of action merits more time and dedication to the project, rest assured that tiling versus installing a shower overlay provides a longer lasting, more refined, custom appearance.
While quick fixes may work, they’re not necessarily the best fixes.
In order to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck, always consult with a professional before starting your project. Whether or not you do the work yourself, knowing you’ve made the best decision for your home will give you much needed peace of mind.