Tub Apron

Old 10-06-02, 01:50 PM
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Tub Apron

We want to build a tub apron in front of our existing tub (to make the front look somewhat built-in) which will then be tiled with the same tile as the floor and walls. First, we need suggestions on what products to use to build this to make sure it is sturdy (to hold the tile) and then once it is built what should we use in the space along the new tub apron and the tub to make sure it is waterproof before we tile it?
Old 10-07-02, 08:19 PM
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Tub Apron?


I see nobody has answered you on this so here goes;

I question this process for the very same reasons that you wonder how are you going to waterproof where the step meets the tub.

Let's ask these questions first to consider is it worth it;

What condition is your tub now? I assume it is cast?
If you do this and the tub is in fair condition, are you willing to invest alot of time and money now wth the possibility fo tearing it out later to replace it?
(I personnally do not think refinishing is worth the money and the guarantees are for no more than 2 years)
If it is in fair condition, have you considered replacement with a traditional drop in place tub or whirlpool tub that would accommodate the look you desire?
Are there any other improvements being done to the bathroom at this time? Thought about the tub replacement too?
Is this tub currently being used also as a shower? Shower Doors or curtain?

OK, with that out of the way, and I hope your thinking about them. I would assume that building a step is merely doing the same as you would with a drop in tub. 2x4 stock, 3/4" plywood with a cement backer board placed for a solid substrate for your tile application. The problem being is the step against the tub. If the tub is cast or fiberglass, we do have flexing on the sides, however slight there is movement that will create problems.This may not be suitable for even silicone to sustain the continual movement and I fear it will be a continual recaulking and potential damage down the line.

Issue of shower doors or curtain is important. This will also determine how things should be done but again I question the fabrication for this due to your very concerns.

If others have some suggestions, go for it but this application is not usually done for the obvious reasons.

Consider the options, answer some questions and we'll try to help!

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