to surround or not

Old 08-21-03, 07:21 PM
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to surround or not

My wife is wanting me to remodel our vintage 1962 coral guest bath. I plan to install a jetted tub. Currently the walls are tiled. What would be the advantage of using a surround instead of retiling. I know that the surround will be less compicated but I think that the tile would look better. Do they make surrounds that look desent. If so what brand? Which is more durable?
Old 08-21-03, 09:26 PM
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There all type of surrounds available, do a web search or visit some good kitchen and bath stores.

Here are some links to look at,

This should help!
Old 08-22-03, 07:11 AM
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i was having the same dilema on my bathroom redo. i am going with tile. i looked all over at tub surrounds. the ones that look halfway decent are $300. you can do ceramic tile cheaper than that and i think it looks better... depends if cost is an issue or not. it was with me. tile would be my choice...
Old 08-23-03, 03:57 PM
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I agree that the tile would probably look micer. I am in the midst of re-doing my bathroom and I went with the tub surround.

I currently have tile (yellow) and while tile would look a little nicer, the surround was less expensive and easier to clean. Besides, I pull my shower curtain so how much of it would you actually see?

Good Luck!

Old 08-29-03, 06:41 AM
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Hubby & I just finished installing a pre-fab shower base & surround that is attached directly to the studs. I absolutely love it. Took our first shower in it last nite. Was not difficult to install. We bought the Sterling brand. There is a wide price range depending on the size & style.

Although I really would have loved to have tile, we hate to grout & since the cleaning is up to me, I wanted something that you just have to do a wipe-down & not have to worry about keeping the grout clean.

We still have the rest of the bathroom to finish. Hopefully most of it will be done this weekend.

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