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Old 06-19-2015, 01:58 PM   #1
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New tub and surround

We have ASB Firenze bath tub and surround. Which after 6 years is cracking in two places on the floor of tub. We are looking at replacement tubs. Would like 60x32, and at least 15 inches deep, right now ours is 16inches.
We got a quote from a plumber which was a little high for a Americast tub and 3x6 tile surround. I have a few quotes from FW Webb for three tubs. One is the Aker (Maxx) 3260, with and without the surround. And the third is for the American Standard Cambridge. My dilemma is should I go with tile or back to a surround. I don't know how study the Aker surround is but the Firenze is crap. And I don't want to repeat my first mistake. The tile way would be nice, but to cut cost, I would attempt my first tile job, but would opt for a bigger tile (12x12, etc), to cut down on labor. As for the tubs, I have heard good and bad on all of them.
Any suggestions on tubs and surrounds?
I don't even know what my current Firenze tub is made of, but I don't want the same material
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:49 PM   #2
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I think I would avoid the Americast. Our lake house has an Americast kitchen sink. I always thought it was porcelain till I went to redo the counter caulking. Whoa this thing is light. The surface has worn over time and does not so good. Similar to wear you would seen in porcl/in but happened much quicker. I redid my bath 3
Years against and got a Kohler cast iron tub for just about 340 dollars from a local supply house
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