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Acrylic vs. Solid Surface Shower Bases

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Planning a complete shower renovation or simply seeking to upgrade your existing enclosure? One crucial element that often gets overlooked is the shower base, also known as a shower pan. This seemingly simple component silently shapes your entire shower experience. While it might seem like a minor detail, the material you choose for your shower base can significantly impact the overall look, feel, and longevity of your shower enclosure. Understanding the two most popular base materials – acrylic and solid surface – empowers you to make an informed decision that aligns with your design aspirations and lifestyle needs.

Acrylic Shower Bases: A Budget-Friendly Option

Known for their affordability and ease of installation, acrylic shower bases are a common choice for many bathroom projects. These bases are crafted from sheets of durable acrylic, molded into the desired shape. They come in various colors and patterns, offering a wide range of design possibilities. Whether you envision an elegant minimalist space or a vibrant and playful guest bathroom, acrylic's diverse design options cater to various aesthetics.

Beyond aesthetics, acrylic bases have a lightweight nature, making them easier to maneuver during installation – a significant advantage, particularly for DIY enthusiasts tackling renovation projects. Moreover, the smooth, non-porous surface of acrylic is relatively easy to clean and maintain.

However, it's crucial to acknowledge that while generally durable, acrylic is more susceptible to scratches and dents compared to other materials. In addition to that, prolonged exposure to extremely hot water can lead to warping over time.

Solid Surface Shower Bases: A Luxurious Choice

Solid surface shower bases exude an air of sophistication and offer unparalleled durability. They evoke a high-end look, often resembling natural stone, which is perfectly resonating with the ongoing trend of incorporating organic elements into bathroom design.

These bases are meticulously crafted from non-porous materials like composite resin, resulting in a seamless and incredibly strong product. This translates to superior resistance to scratches, chips, and cracks. Solid surface's inherent strength extends to heat resistance as well. Unlike acrylic, these bases can withstand high water temperatures without the risk of warping, ensuring a comfortable showering experience even for those who prefer a steamy environment.

Moreover, the non-porous nature of the material actively discourages mold growth, promoting better hygiene in your shower space – a vital aspect for homeowners prioritizing health and well-being. Solid surface will allow them to enjoy an easy cleaning process unlike traditional ceramic tiles that accumulate soap scum due to its slightly porous nature.

Even though solid surface bases have many advantages, there are some things to consider like their weight and price. These bases are undeniably heavy, making their installation more challenging and potentially requiring professional help. Additionally, they come at a premium price compared to acrylic options. Consider these drawbacks alongside the long-term benefits before making your final decision.

The Lifestyle Impact: Choosing the Right Base for You

Choosing between acrylic and solid surface shower bases comes down to your priorities, budget, and the specific needs of each bathroom in the house.

For budget-conscious homeowners seeking a wider variety of design options, acrylic bases are the best choice. They are also a practical solution if you decide to install a corner shower in your guest bathrooms or powder rooms that see occasional use. Explore Fleurco’s acrylic corner shower bases.

On the other hand, homeowners seeking luxurious spa-inspired showers should consider solid surface shower bases. Their opulent aesthetics coupled with their long-lasting durability makes them an ideal choice for master bathrooms or ensuites.

From a practical point of view, solid surface shower pans are a more effective solution in busy households due to their superior resistance to scratches. An example of a Fleurco shower base that can withstand the daily hustle is the AURORA collection. This textured option offers superior resistance to wear and tear while maintaining a luxurious look and feel.

For homeowners with elderly family members or individuals with limited mobility, or simply prioritize aging-in-place bathroom designs, Fleurco’s acrylic and premium solid surface shower base collections offer stunning options that make your shower safer and more accessible.

Modern elegant bathroom with a walk-in shower door, a solid surface shower base and a freestanding deck mounted bathtub

Our LVL Zero threshold solid surface base features a remarkably low profile of 1.5 inches with a concealed drain for a clean and seamless look.

a zero-threshold acrylic shower base with linear drain for easy access to the shower area

For a more affordable alternative, our Adaptek acrylic base also offers a zero-threshold entry, simplifying access. This ADA compliant shower base has a textured surface that makes it more slip resistant. Its pre-molded tile flanges ensure easy installation, while the linear drain adds a contemporary charm.

Enhancing the contemporary approach in bathroom designs, Fleurco recently introduced its newest solid surface shower base: the TAVIA base, which is characterized with a sleek low-profile design with a smooth or slate texture, available in three elegant matte finishes: White, Stone Grey, and Cocoa. These bases also feature a decorative square drain cover that seamlessly matches the base color for a sophisticated touch.

Decision Made Easy with Fleurco’s Shower Bases

Fleurco understands the significance of every detail in your bathroom. Investing in a high-quality shower base from Fleurco is an investment in your daily well-being. Our wide range of styles, sizes and shapes ensures you can find the perfect match that complements your design vision and fits every shower door configuration. Whether you prioritize affordability, design flexibility, luxury or durability, we have the perfect solution to improve your shower experience. and transform your bathroom into a rejuvenating oasis.

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