We have a chipped bathtub and I've never been happy with the tile job around the tub, so I'm planning on tearing it all out starting over. I was pretty much set on 12" tile rather than a vinyl surround, but a friend's girlfriend (who owns a plumbing and remodeling business) said "I wouldn't." She's no longer in the picture and I never ended up asking why. Left to my own devices I'd probably still choose tile but I'd like to hear some thoughts.
We only have a single bathroom in the house so ideally I want to get this done in a weekend if possible, or it at least needs to remain usable at the end of each day. I've tiled a handful of floors and learned when I did this bathtub surround so I'm confident in my ability.
Vinyl surround pros:
- Built-in shelves
- Easier to not screw up
Vinyl surround cons:
- Doesn't go all the way to ceiling
- I'll need to do some drywall work and texturing
- Can cover any area I want, up to ceiling
- No built-in shelves
- I'm afraid grout will be impossible to keep looking good with our hard water
The built in shelves thing is what has me a bit off. I see these things
at Home Depot, which look great, but they're 8" which doesn't really jive with the 12" tile I would be using. Everywhere else I've seen them the cost is absolutely ridiculous (like $90+ apiece). I want built-in shelves but I don't know how to make that work.