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Question DetailsAsked on 11/7/2016

What is the best way to replace a fiberglass bathtub/shower combo?

We have the original fiberglass shower/tub combo in the hall bathroom. I want to save money on that bathroom so we have more money to spend on the master bath. Home depot is saying they can cover it with some sort of shower liner molded to our existing fiberglass combo. I am skeptical.

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I would be more than skeptical if I were you - unless you are trying to recreate a KOA campground shower or the Bates motel. For a quality looking shower which will not detract from house value at resale time, stay away from liners and inserts. Tear it out and either go with a full new surround (acrylic, not fiberglass, if you ask me - and be sure it get full blocking/support und


A kit type acrylic insert with base and doors commonly runs about $1000-2500 installed (with wood flooring under it), plus few hundred $ added plumbing if the drain or shower pipes need significant moving around to fit your unit. Much more in concrete floors. You are not going to get much cheaper than that for any new shower, and I really thing any sort of insert or concealing panel is going to disappoint you - plus they commonly have mold and noise issues because of the gap between old unit and new liner, and the seams commonly have leakage issues because they flex and loosen up the caulk or crack. One very common problem is the liners do not fit tight to the existing base, so they flex and make noise and eventually crack over time. Also, any leakage through cracks or around the drain fitting gets in between the two layers and causes stagnant water smell. MAYBE - just maybe - for a cabin or camping facility, but I would strongly recommend against it in a home. It does not take that much longer to tear out an existing fiberglass unit and put in a whole new base, surround, and doors - especially if you are careful to find a unit that can reuse the existing drain location with no or very minor location changes. Wall fixxtures are usually not a problem because those are almost always field drilled through the surround - so jusat a matter of them carefullyi measuring so the holes go the right place in the surround.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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