Concrete walls and floors have an undeserved bad reputation because they’re common in hospitals and prisons. The very mention of concrete panels conjures a mental image of drab grey walls, though that is far from the only option. Let’s learn why hotels should use concrete shower panels.
It Is Affordable
Concrete shower panels are much cheaper than the custom installation of a tile wall. Yet you can take advantage of design options that make it look like tile. For example, you can have patterns stenciled into the wall to make it resemble tile for a fraction of the cost. Or have the concrete panel stained to create a pattern similar to wall paper or marble. You can have dye added so it resembles granite or porcelain but at a fraction of the cost.
If you already have tile walls and floors in your hotel, you can arrange for a concrete wall and floor overlay. It will seal these surfaces and costs far less than what it would take to replace broken, molding tiles. Have everything from concrete shower panels to floors to sinks in the bathroom, and you can create a uniform style in the bathroom for a reasonable price. Or simply pay for concrete panels to serve as two or more walls for a shower stall. Concrete panels are a logical choice for hotels buying a number of shower kits to install in new or renovated bathrooms.
It Is Hygienic
Concrete shower panels are commonly used in institutions. Why? There are no grout joints you need to scrub if you want to prevent black mold from growing in the walls. There is nowhere soap scum can accumulate, either. That means they’re very easy to clean, whether you have sick patients or a steady stream of visitors. Some people may worry about the concrete absorbing moisture, but that’s not a problem if you apply a waterproof sealer. Choose concrete panels that are one piece to minimize the installation time and the number of joints.
It Will Last for Years
With the right sealants, concrete will resist chemicals and abrasion as well as mold and soap scum. This means you won’t just have less need to scrub it, but it won’t get scratched by hard scrubbing or fade on exposure to industrial cleaning chemicals. It will retain its color and texture for years despite harsh cleanings and regular use.
It Can Be the Safer Choice
Concrete shower walls and floors are not just more hygienic. Concrete is easily shaped to fit whatever infrastructure you have. Create gently sloping floors to eliminate a curb around the shower pan, so that no one can trip on it. Create a gentle slope down to the shower drain to encourage drainage without having a potential trip-hazard there, too. This is why concrete floors are a logical choice for accessible walk-in showers. You can also add ledges to the shower that serve as both a storage shelf and de facto support bar. If you choose the right concrete panel manufacturer, you can get one that doesn’t weigh as much as standard concrete, so there’s no need for additional structural supports. You won’t have screws or bolts sticking out of the shower assembly. No one can get scratched or cut on contact with that shower hardware.