Because profitability is a top priority for Apartment Owners and Managers, it’s essential to understand the risks and total cost of installing and maintaining tile and grout in your showers.
Installing tile and grout requires both skilled labor and downtime. Experienced tile setters can be challenging to schedule in today’s labor-starved economy. When done right, tiling is not a one-day job; mortar requires dry time, an additional set time is needed to grout, and a comeback trip for cleanup. As a result, your project can quickly become delayed and over-budget.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
a great time to do it, because updated spaces make your units more attractive
to prospective residents (or tenants) and raise your property’s value, which enables
you to collect top rents for your market. When you can charge higher rents,
you’ll raise your Net Operating Income (NOI).