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The Hidden Refurbishment Time Bomb Of Traditional Tiled Shower Rooms

Posted by Michael Kiernan


tiler-2554768_960_720Traditional shower cubicles have always needed tiles and grout.  Although tile-and-grout showers can be visually appealing, they need regular cleaning and maintenance to retain their hygiene and appearance – and to avoid leaks. Residential organisations who use a lot of shower cubicles – from hotels to university halls – often find themselves facing a ‘refurbishment time bomb’.

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A tile and tray shower may look good at first, but what happens in 5 or 10 years? We’ve all seen tired looking hotels and residential units. Leaks will invariably occur, particularly if the water is acidic or if the unit is placed within a location associated with frequent temperature changes. The end result is extensive repairs on a more or less regular basis.

This ‘time bomb’ explodes when multiple shower cubicles require an overhaul at around the same time, a common problem when you consider that tiling and grout needs replacing every 3-5 years in high use units.

Damage Limitation

This is expensive and time consuming for the organisation – but also entails a lot of disruption to users and must be planned for carefully. The traditional way to avoid the hassle and expense of having to refurbish multiple shower cubicles is to plan maintenance in stages – essentially so that only a fraction of showers give out at any one time. This involves fairly complex planning and at best is only damage limitation.

Thankfully, an interesting alternative to tile and tray showers is now available…

Why Choose Shower Pods?

Shower pods have numerous benefits when compared to traditional tiled enclosures. First and foremost, their fibreglass construction ensures a leak-proof design, helping to guarantee that costly repairs are not needed in the future. Issues such as mould and bacteria are averted with the simplest of cleaning regimes.


  • Shower pods are available in a variety of styles and configurations.
  • They give an excellent return on investment when compared to tile enclosures and wet rooms.
  • They are available in a range of designs and dimensions.

How Does This Address The Refurbishment ‘Time Bomb’ Issue?

Shower pods do not so much defuse the bomb by spreading maintenance costs as remove it altogether. The lifetime maintenance and cleaning expenses of a shower pod are minimal, and a well-installed unit should last you 20 years plus. Hence you won’t need to plan for a wave of refurbishment expenses every few years as your shower cubicles start showing the effects of wear and tear.

Call Advanced Showers today to discuss your shower pod options.

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