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Prefabricated Shower Options

Don’t like your existing shower unit? You may want to consider installing a pre-fabricated shower over the bathroom flooring you already have. Pre-fab showers are very convenient and come with a hassle-free installation process. Here’s some more information to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your bathroom.

Costs

The cost of a pre-fabricated shower depends on the quality of the unit, the size of the shower being outfitted, and any extras added. There are units available for under $1,000, or over $1,000 depending on what you are looking for. Get a couple price quotes from local bathroom installers to find out what a new pre-fabricated shower would cost.

Pros

Pre-fabricated showers are convenient and reliable.

They can now come with add-ons, like multiple shower heads, steam options, water jets, and stereo equipment.

Pre-fabricated shower units are extremely lightweight and can be installed without a supporting underlayment.

Cons

Single-piece pre-fabricated showers often need to be installed in pieces.

They don’t offer many variations when it comes to color and design.

Durability

Pre-fabricated units are extremely durable and built to withstand normal wear and tear.

Maintenance

The maintenance required of a pre-fabricated shower is the same as that required of a customized shower unit. Regularly clean with soap and water and avoid the buildup of mildew.

Common Questions and Answers

What are pre-fabricated showers made out of?

Pre-fabricated showers can be molded from fiberglass, laminate, or acrylic.

Can installing a pre-fabricated shower be completed as a DIY project?

Yes, pre-fabricated showers are lightweight enough to allow homeowners to install them themselves. They also don’t require the supporting underlayment like heavier tile showers would, for instance. Just make sure to do your research and know that you are

History

It wasn’t until indoor plumbing became a viable option for homes in 1850 that people began using freestanding showers. However, the bath was still more popular than the shower until the second part of the 20th century.

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