Types of Tiles
Many types of tiles are suitable for use in a shower. Just about any tile that can be used for a floor can also be used as a shower wall.
Natural Stone, porcelain, glass and ceramic tiles can be used either alone or in combination with one another in a shower.
Cultured Marble and Cultured Granite
Cultured is made of a densified resin into which crushed limestone, calcium, marble and other various minerals has been mixed, the result is a clean and uniform surface. Cultured marble and cultured granite can have some shade variation and veining which makes them more decorative than acrylic or fiberglass.
Care and maintenance
The biggest difference between tile and cultured marble is the use of grout vs. non-porous sealing compounds. Cultured marble and granite are installed without grout and use glazing grade silicone in the joints. Silicone greatly reduces the amount of maintenance and cleaning when comparing to grout. No matter what type of tile you choose in a shower surround, you will have grout lines. The grout is important to seal the water out from between and behind the tiles and should be cleaned and cared for appropriately to prevent cracking and mold issues. Cultured marble and cultured granite shower surrounds and pans are made up of single, solid surface panels. There is no grout and no sealing or special maintance required, cultured marble & cultured granite can be cleaned with any nonabrasive cleaner.