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Best tub surround (by Jen [OH]) Mar 13, 2018 5:36 AM
       Best tub surround (by David [MI]) Mar 13, 2018 5:39 AM
       Best tub surround (by Vee [OH]) Mar 13, 2018 5:49 AM
       Best tub surround (by Jen [OH]) Mar 13, 2018 6:05 AM
       Best tub surround (by David [MI]) Mar 13, 2018 6:12 AM
       Best tub surround (by Vee [OH]) Mar 13, 2018 6:18 AM
       Best tub surround (by RB [MI]) Mar 13, 2018 6:29 AM
       Best tub surround (by David [MI]) Mar 13, 2018 6:37 AM
       Best tub surround (by plenty [MO]) Mar 13, 2018 6:40 AM
       Best tub surround (by David [KY]) Mar 13, 2018 7:10 AM
       Best tub surround (by plenty [MO]) Mar 13, 2018 7:18 AM
       Best tub surround (by Jen [OH]) Mar 13, 2018 7:28 AM
       Best tub surround (by Vee [OH]) Mar 13, 2018 7:49 AM
       Best tub surround (by plenty [MO]) Mar 13, 2018 8:10 AM
       Best tub surround (by Tom [FL]) Mar 13, 2018 9:08 AM
       Best tub surround (by Gene [OH]) Mar 13, 2018 1:16 PM
       Best tub surround (by WMH [NC]) Mar 13, 2018 1:48 PM
       Best tub surround (by cjo'h [CT]) Mar 13, 2018 8:44 PM
       Best tub surround (by Lynn [MA]) Mar 14, 2018 7:00 AM
       Best tub surround (by J [IN]) Mar 14, 2018 8:03 AM
       Best tub surround (by Josh [CA]) Mar 14, 2018 10:49 AM


Best tub surround (by Jen [OH]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 5:36 AM
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Iím trying to approach things from the perspective of less maintenance down the road. I have a tub surround to get done. Is one type better than the other? Itís going in a rental. --74.141.xx.xx




Best tub surround (by David [MI]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 5:39 AM
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What kind of maintenance are you concerned about a tub surround needing? --12.47.xx.xxx




Best tub surround (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 5:49 AM
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The 55 tiles over backerboard has little if any maintenance, must be installed properly, and now I am just tiling up to 6ft the whole bathroom with a floor drain added (slight tilt to the drain), look at fast food bathroom for ideas. Just take the shower hose and wash down the room with simple green orange scent, rub with toilet brush. --76.188.xxx.xx




Best tub surround (by Jen [OH]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 6:05 AM
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Itís a remodel but Iíve had issue elsewhere with leaks behind the existing tub surround that was the flat style. Didnít know if the prefab formed were better.

Vee how much does it cost to tile just the surround in labor plus materials? --74.141.xx.xx




Best tub surround (by David [MI]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 6:12 AM
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caulk caulk caulk!!

Tiled surround means you still have to maintain the grout so water does not leak there --12.47.xx.xxx




Best tub surround (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 6:18 AM
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Use 1/16 spacers and unsanded grout for the smooth surface. I do these myself in about a week to 10 days overall with new plumbing in/out, tiles you can always find under 1buck and backer is about 10bux 3x5 sheet. Get 3 prices for labor before you begin, some workers know what you want but many have no clue how to do this. --76.188.xxx.xx




Best tub surround (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 6:29 AM
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Build it like a Bomb Shelter. --47.35.xx.xx




Best tub surround (by David [MI]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 6:37 AM
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Vee, do you find tiling is worth it? I just caulk all the seems of the tub surround --12.47.xx.xxx




Best tub surround (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 6:40 AM
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So not new construction? Remodel... Ive had awesome luck with three and five piece tub surrounds . even the cheaper flimsy ones are still giving 15 years later. Read the instructions and use the correct glue! You'll be fine! And they need no caulk. Those that i caulked i still recualk between tenants and it looks new again. --99.203.xx.xxx




Best tub surround (by David [KY]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 7:10 AM
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Every tub surround I have bought eventually stains and looks awful. Tile all the way for me now. --173.239.xxx.x




Best tub surround (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 7:18 AM
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I do not have any that stained. I avoid those with handles as i don't want people holding on to it. The smoother the better. The very thin ones are awesome. But i do like the look of the fancy ones .they are easy to clean. I've even bought return open box units for $5 at Lowe's ... Install beautifully. Use tge right glue don't use brown glue or liquid nails regardless what your handyman says! --99.203.xx.xxx




Best tub surround (by Jen [OH]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 7:28 AM
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What is the best glue --74.141.xx.xx




Best tub surround (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 7:49 AM
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I use the green bag mortar from the cement aisle, it is like powder sugar compared to other mortar. The tile surrounds do not get cracks or burns. --76.188.xxx.xx




Best tub surround (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 8:10 AM
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glue for the plastic tub surround. they make it, read, ask, it's in a caulk tub. manufacture may recommend something too. but it will be off the shelf --173.127.xxx.xxx




Best tub surround (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 9:08 AM
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Depends on the house and future resale. Would the house be a low, medium or high end. If a low end rental and resale then use a surround if higher end then tile it. Make certain to use hardiboard for the backer board. Then porclein tile from tub to ceiling. Make sure the shower head is at a good height. Most shower heads are installed for people about 5' 5" and if over 6' thats a pain to try shower. So now you have the walls open make any plumbing changes before closing in the walls. Is the faucet in great shape and can you get parts for it??? Do you have access to the faucet if there should be a problem in the future. A closet or wall on the other side to access the faucet if needing to replace it later.

Make any repairs to the existing wall. Replace any area that is water damaged. Make sure the walls are smooth and clean any loose paint from the wall.

48" x 8ft embossed white fiberglass reinforced plastic wall panel. This panel has little bumps on it. Theres another panel that is thinner and smooth. Either panel is a great choice. Buy 4 panels make certain to purchase the correct glue AND proper caulking. Do not buy cheap caulking. The first pc will be cut to fit the 5' back of the tub wall let it extend the 4 foot height. Apply the adhesive with a trowel. You need to apply adhesive to the entire panel with the trowel, DO NOT use a caulking gun to apply the adhesive. The pc that will cover the area above the first sheet to the ceiling will over lap the first sheet. DO NOT butt it, overlap it. The end walls the 4 foot width will need cut 32" or whatever the width of the tub you could add an 1 or 2 inches to the width if you wanted. Cut it the height from tub to ceiling. Plus cut out for the plumbing and take your time with the cut outs. Along the edge of the panels use a good caulking adhesive to help seal the panel plus you will have the adhesive troweled on the field of the panel. Make certain all the caulking and adhesives are safe for the panel being installed.

Take your time when cutting and fitting the pc, do a dry run NO adhesives. The walls most likely may be out of plumb and level again take your time cutting and installing the 4 pcs.

Once you have the panels in place then use a high end caulking to caulk along the tub and the corner seams and along the ceiling. Take your time with the caulking and tool the caulking as well. DON'T go cheap on the caulking. In the future you may have to removed and re-caulk but that happens and it's maintenance.

--99.56.xx.xx




Best tub surround (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 1:16 PM
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I like the Sterling tub surrounds that Lowe's handles that are caulkless. It attaches to the studs, so no drywall to do behind the tub & surround and no caulking in the future. The material is thick and won't crush.

One caveat - of the last two, one had a small defect that we didn't catch before installing. However the company sent out a representative to make a repair that worked really well. --155.188.xxx.xx




Best tub surround (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 1:48 PM
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We use PVC wainscoting installed in full 8' sheets. Waterproof. Goes up with glue. Then run PVC molding in the corners and on top to finish it off.

It's a bit "country" but we can get away with that here at the beach. --50.82.xxx.xx




Best tub surround (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 8:44 PM
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RB, don't think a bomb shelter would work.There was one in the basement of a house I built for some people away back,it was all the rage then.protect for radio activity,Bit there was no water in it,so no good for s shower...........charlie......don't think it was ever used for anything. would make a good hide and seek hiding place....................................... --174.199.xx.xx




Best tub surround (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Mar 14, 2018 7:00 AM
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We use the heavy 3 piece fiberglass tub surround unless we are changing the tub, then we would use a 2 piece tub.

I don't like tile. It doesn't stay clean and when the tiles start falling it,there's no end to it. --38.142.xxx.xxx




Best tub surround (by J [IN]) Posted on: Mar 14, 2018 8:03 AM
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I have tile showers that were installed in the early Ď80ís on regular drywall that are still working. Some of them have been changed though and 2 of them have been repaired around the valves. Currently, Not saying this is the way you should do it but we are using green board and coating it with red guard, from Home Depot, around the surround area and installing the tile on the red guard. The tile has held up better for rusty water. We have also had good luck with the aker 4 peice remodel tub showers and the $150 thick tub surround from menards and even the cheap ones have been ok. Key is good caulk. The tile seems to really get the wow factor on my units. --174.221.x.x




Best tub surround (by Josh [CA]) Posted on: Mar 14, 2018 10:49 AM
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I am now using 16Ē tiles to the ceiling.

I cover the Green board with cement backer board.

Paint it with red guard. I mix the grout with sealer instead of water. Grout everything. In the corners I grout light where the back meets the 2 sides. I use color appropriate 100% silicone caulk or clear caulk. A caulk that dries quick not one that takes 7 or more days to dry.

I use shower doors not shower curtains. --71.84.xxx.xxx





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