Bathroom Design Acrylic or Tile?

Acrylic Shower or Tiled Shower | Bathroom Design

When it comes to your renovation bathroom design, deciding on the materials for the shower walls is one of the most critical decisions you will have to make.

Athena Soul Shower Bathroom Design
Athena Soul Shower

Deciding between acrylic or a tiled shower is one of the key decisions during your planning and design stage of your bathroom renovation or new build design. It is quite common that the final decision will come down to your personal preference, the available space and your renovation budget allocation.

However, before making your final decision, it is wise to understand the difference between these options.


Installing an acrylic liner for a shower is one of the most common options for a bathroom renovation or new build.

Allora Wall Round Moulded Shower - Bathroom Design
Athena Allora Moulded Shower

The acrylic liner is strong, flexible, water proof, typically white, shiny and easy to clean. They are glued to the walls and sealed with an overlap down to the shower tray. It is a very reliable system and very rarely gives trouble.


Tiled walls can look stunning. The tiled walls rely on the waterproofing behind the tiles to ensure there are no leaks.

Tile showers do come with a risk of leaks. If the shower pan is not sloped properly and if the tile grout is not sealed correctly, the shower can leak. There is also the risk of cracked tiles that could lead to leaks. Leaking can cause mould, mildew and rot underneath and behind your shower. However, with proper care a tiled shower wall can last for the life of your shower.


The cost of a tiled show does vary due to the selected format/quality of the tiles, fittings and area of the shower. In general tiled showers are normally designed as part of a fully tiled bathroom i.e. tiled to the ceiling.



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