Author: Anna Estabrooks

Affordable Bathroom Updates That Make an Impact

Top apartment owners and managers continuously search for ways to create a competitive advantage over their competition. It may seem difficult to compete with the newly built complex down the road when it comes to securing new tenants. Most often the shower is a forgotten element when it comes time for unit updates, but can be a key differentiator between a good and a great apartment. A simple bathroom enhancement will create a visual impact and can become a useful tool to help lease units.

Challenge the Norm

Most apartment communities have the same showers in each bathroom: fiberglass shower surrounds or tile and grout showers. These bathrooms norms leave many asking why apartment communities have chosen these options for so long – tile and grout showers require constant maintenance and upkeep and are difficult to keep clean and fiberglass surrounds are so underwhelming, that they are often hidden behind a shower curtain during apartment tours. 

Rather than ignore the bathrooms in your apartment, leverage them so they can help lease units. AquaWalls is an easy-to-install solution that will generate positive ROI and enhance the look of your bathrooms, catching the eyes of prospective and current tenants. 

Create a Lasting Impression

When it comes to comparing two similar apartment communities, the prospective tenant can often narrow down their search and base it on elements such as the condition of the bathroom shower. AquaWalls shower walls are sure to make a lasting visual impact that will help your community stand out from the rest. 

Installed directly over tile & grout, AquaWalls transforms old, outdated tile & grout shower walls in under 3 hours, providing you with a competitive look for a price you can afford during renovations, turns, quick-turns, and even occupied units.

Fiberglass Shower Surrounds vs AquaWalls

For years, fiberglass shower surrounds have been the go-to choice for covering tile & grout showers because few options were available. Since then, another shower solution has emerged and is making noise in the Multifamily industry. AquaWalls are installed directly over tile and grout and transform the shower space. Below we match up fiberglass shower surrounds against AquaWalls to see how they compare.

Installation Time

Fiberglass shower surrounds typically take a full day to install. Care must be taken when handling the fiberglass surrounds because they are thin and susceptible to scratching and cracking.  Compare this to the installation of AquaWalls, which takes less than three hours to install. AquaWalls panels are both durable and lightweight and are easily installed by your maintenance staff, your preferred contractor or by a certified installer.

Demolition Needs

Demolition is needed when a fiberglass shower surround is installed in place of tile and grout. Compare this to AquaWalls, which installs directly over tile and grout with no demolition required.

Renovation Timing

Because the installation of a fiberglass shower surround is lengthy, they are typically not installed in occupied units. This means communities often must wait until unit turn to install a fiberglass surround. AquaWalls can install in occupied units because it is both a fast and clean installation process.

Value

Acting as the go-to option for many years, fiberglass surrounds are often considered to be a baseline standard. There is no ‘wow factor’ with fiberglass shower surrounds. They also do not add value to a bathroom. AquaWalls enhances the shower experience. The updated look of AquaWalls adds value to any bathroom.

Pattern Options

Fiberglass shower surrounds typically come in a plain white or neutral color. AquaWalls are available in 5 classic finishes including Calcutta White, English Linen, French Linen, Aspen White, and Onyx. After selecting your finish, you can select the optional laser-etched grout lines.