Choosing the Right Shower Wall Material

Choices for shower and tub wall surrounds have grown over the years and with a little research; you can find the right shower wall material that suits you best. Depending on your budget and taste, you can choose from plain and practical to exotic and stunning.

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Re-Bath offers the three most common types of shower wall surrounds: tile, stone, and the Re-Bath patented DuraBath Wall System.

Here’s How the Top Three Stack Up:

Tile Shower Wall Surrounds:

Tile has been the standard for quite some time because it’s durable, comes in a myriad of colors and styles, and can be arranged in many different ways to create a unique look.


Tile is manufactured in ceramic, porcelain, and glass and can be made to resemble wood and stone. Tile is a designers dream come true because of all the possibilities that can be created by using different patterns, colors and textures. There are also many features that can be incorporated to give you a one-of-a-kind design including oversized tile or feature strips.

Oversized Tile Wall Surrounds:
One of the newest styles is oversized tile. These tiles are great for large walk-in showers and come in a variety of sizes ranging from 12×24 inches to as large as 32×32 inches.

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Feature Strip Shower Wall Surrounds:
Use a feature strips to create a contrast or complementary pop of color.

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One of the major cons of tile is upkeep. Spaces between tiles are filled with grout, which must be maintained regularly. Grout stains easily, is hard to clean, and can crack, causing leaks inside the walls. However, if tile is the look you prefer, use a quality grout sealer to reduce maintenance and keep your tile shower clean.

Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s tile options

DuraBath Shower Wall System:

Re-Bath offers their own-patented material called DuraBath. Made from a nonporous polymer that is both mold and mildew resistant, it is so durable it comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. DuraBath wall systems are panels, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns resembling stone and tile.

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DuraBath is the best option if you want to upgrade a bathroom for aging in place design because it requires little upkeep. By using mild cleaners, DuraBath can keep its original shine and beauty effortlessly.

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The only negative to DuraBath is that you cannot incorporate unique designs such as a feature strip. However you can incorporate shelves, in the wall niches, and other shower accessories.

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Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s Durabath options

Natural Stone Shower Wall Surrounds:

One of our most desired and attractive offerings, stone makes a profound statement. With a wonderful selection of travertine and marble Re-Bath can design a majestic shower for you.

Re-Bath uses state of the art technology that reinforces each natural stone panel to give it 800% more strength at a fraction of the weight. We adhere the stone to a strong durable backing system, creating large-scale panels with the durability of stone slabs.

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The only deterrent of Natural Stone is that it is on the higher end of the price scale and can require more maintenance than tile or DuraBath. Stone must be sealed regularly to maintain its beauty, although newer sealing systems have been created to make this process easier and last longer. Most agree the style and sophistication of natural stone is worth a little extra effort.

Check out our Natural Stone options here

If you need any extra help when it comes to making a decision about which wall surround is right for you, come visit us or give us a call. We offer free, no commitment, design consultation with a guaranteed quote on the spot. We’d love to discuss the pros and cons of each of these options with you and help you determine the right product for you.