If you have been thinking about upgrading your bathroom with an acrylic shower enclosure, then you should read our quick guide that covers installation, cost, customisation, price and the maintenance involved in owning an acrylic shower in New Zealand.
1. Can I install an acrylic shower enclosure myself?
The short and sweet answer is yes! Before you do so, there are a few things you need to bear in mind:
1. Check if you will need a consent and ensure that a plumber completes what they are required to do such as the installation of the shower waste and tray before you get into installing the acrylic shower walls.
2. While less things can go wrong when installing an acrylic shower rather than a tile shower, you still need to make sure that you read and follow the manufacturer’s instruction to the dot for a successful installation.
3. Bear in mind, that is common for first-time DIYers to ruin acrylic walls when cutting the whole for the shower faucet – which is usually caused by poor measuring skills. So just remember, that you can always make a hole larger, but you cannot make it smaller.
If you prefer someone else to do it for you, then usually the company that sells the acrylic shower enclosures will have their own installer team ready to help you, or alternatively you can contact a third-party installer to do the job.
2. Are acrylic showers cheaper than tiled showers?
Acrylic showers are a more cost-effective alternative to tiled showers. Acrylic showers come in a wide range of sizes and styles, and you can expect to pay anything between $5,000 to $8,000 for the complete project. As for tiled showers, you can expect to pay anything between $10,000 to $15,000 in New Zealand.
3. Can I customise my acrylic shower?
Due to the expense of tray moulds, you cannot customise your acrylic shower.
4. How long do acrylic showers walls last?
Acrylic shower walls are one the most durable and resistant materials, and for that reason you can expect them to last anything from 10 to 20 years from the day they were first installed. Due to its properties, acrylic showers don’t tend to chip, crack or fade over time. Being a nonporous material, it means that acrylic cannot absorb any liquid or gas due to its construction making it a naturally waterproof material. In addition to that, acrylic showers have a antibacterial surface, which prevents mold and mildew growth.
5. Are acrylic showers easy to maintain?
Acrylic showers are very easy to clean and maintain. We recommend you use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth when cleaning your acrylic shower, so that you do not scratch or damage the surfaces of your shower enclosure. To prevent soap scum and grime build up ensure to clean your shower weekly with water and soap or a mild cleanser. Avoid products that are ammonia based such as window/glass cleaners and any abrasive, caustic cleaners. By properly cleaning and maintaining your acrylic shower will retain its colour and luster for years to come.