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ritamcbride 01-18-2012 02:11 PM

Advice on new bath walls/liners
Good afternoon,

I am new to this blog as well as remodeling. I need to replace my old tile/grout around tub/shower and have tried to find the differences between fiberglass, acrylic and other materials offered. I don't know the first thing about any of them and am not making much progress w/my search engine.

Could you pls give me advice on the best quality material as far as staying new looking and easy maintenance? I am afraid to make a move as I usually find out I choose the wrong option afterwards :eek: As this is a big move for me I don't want to make any mistakes.

I would like to put in a one-piece wrap around above the tub (not replacing it) covering the three sides. I also need a hole for the shower head. Of course, I welcome advice on this, too. I am so tired of the tile/grout looking bad and replacing the caulking that I think a one-piece would end that problem.

I am open to all suggestions and easily understood (for inexperienced woman) information. I am hoping to only do this once and have it look like new 10 years from now. Is that possible :whistling2:

Thanks so much for your help.

ritamcbride 01-19-2012 08:58 AM

Where's the help???
Oh my. I was counting on you guys to help me out! Maybe it is too elementary? I need to make a decision on what to use as I have already removed the tile and have to put something back up. What would you use and how would you do it?

Please help, I'm willing to do the work I just need guidance.



Blondesense 01-19-2012 11:33 AM

An enclosure will be the easiest and most cost efficient way to go. Tile is an upgrade, but will cost you more in time and money and research. You can DIY tile, I've done it and I'm no expert, but you need to do it right or you will be looking at problems down the road.

Can you post a pic of what you currently have? That might help. What type of tub? Porcelain? Fiberglass? Acrylic?

The only other thing I would mention is if you go with a manufactured surround is to go with the same manufacturers of the tub. A Kohler white may be different than an American Standard white. Check the return policy just in case.

Edited to add: Have you used the search engine here? Taking some time to look through the old threads on tub enclosures may answer some of your questions.

TarheelTerp 01-19-2012 12:31 PM


Originally Posted by ritamcbride (Post 827692)
Oh my... I have already removed the tile and have to put something back up.

Moisture resistant sheetrock at least, cement backerboard is better...
then either a new tile job or an enclosure kit

tub enclosure video:

joecaption 01-19-2012 12:59 PM

Not likly your going to find a one piece one. Most come in three pieces or up to 5 pieces. The reason is unless the walls are perfecly plumb and the framing is the exact right size a one piece will not fit.
The best ones are nailed on not glued. There far thicker and less likly to break.
All the sheetrock comes off the walls and it gets attached directly to the studs then the paperless sheetrock gets attached over the edges to the ceiling and around the front.
A stick on one would need paperless sheetrock on the walls or Denshield drywall. But it would be at least 1/2 as thick as a nail on one.

ritamcbride 01-19-2012 06:11 PM

thank you, thank you, thank you
Everything you have told me is new information to me. I will try the search engine, too. I am also excited to view the video.
I don't know what brand of tub I have but I will try to post a pic.
Thank you for all of your help!

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