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Old 10-30-2013, 09:04 PM   #1
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I am looking to tear out the tile that is currently our tub surround and install a solid surround. I have attached a photo with my issue. I have three glass blocks that form a window on the back wall. I would like to keep these for the light purposes. What would be your advise on cutting the surround to fit around this and how would you trim it out?
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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I'm not sure why you want to replace what is there.

What is the mitred trim around the glass block?

How thick will the new material be?

I'm guessing the new material will be much thicker.

I'm thinking I would try to cut an opening where the glass block would be, plus 3/4" in each direction. Then get a length of the new material 3/4 wide. Have it champfered from the width of the new wall material down to the dimension the block are proud of the wall.

So have it champfered from 1 1/4" down to 3/8" for example. Then mitre the corners and install it. I suppose you could leave a 1/16 joint between it and the other two materials and grout this with a color matched grout.

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It looks like this window is fairly high up.

When you run the shower, where does the water hit? If this area gets anything more than a fine mist, I would leave it or re-tile.

If water hits it directly, it will be extremely difficult to seal it completely and you will eventually end up with water damage and/or mold behind it.
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The solid surface tub surronds are the way to go. But there not cheap. Look into i think there called swanstone.
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Do Swanstone or Corian, and have the installer solvent weld corner trim pieces around the opening. Swanstone panels and trim can be purchased from HD, even if the people there don't know that it can be. It's not very DIY friendly for a novice to do though, and it's not cheap. Corian is only sold to certified fabricators that have passed a training class, so it's a pro only install. Not cheap either. But, the (certain) water damage from doing it with products not really suited to the task will be a LOT more expensive.
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