Shower Installation: Lesson Number 2...
Yes! there is a difference between silicon and latex caulking. Read your shower installation guide carefully. Silicon DOES NOT stick to some materials well. It fact it is rather poor at adhering to Polystyrene - this material from which many shower walls are made.
I discovered this in shower number one... Used the silicon stuff, in spite of reading the instructions to the contrary - and it did NOT stick forever! Six months later it came unstuck.
So in shower stall number two, latex caulking was used.
In fact I rather enjoy using the latex caulk much better for the following reasons:
- It is paint-able
- It cleans up with water
- Does not smell as bad
- Is not a pain to remove - and you will eventually have to remove it.