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Question DetailsAsked on 9/26/2014

Looking for best quality tub surround

Who makes the best quality tub surround and where can I purchase it from? I need a 60" x 28" All I can see is that some are acrylic and some fiberglass but what are the pros and cons of each? Value, durability, cost, etc?

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Also I'm not exactly sure how to measure for the tub surround. Some of them say they won't "fit" regular tubs and that you need to buy the matching tub. Is this just a ploy to get you to buy the tub too? Why wouldn't the surround "fit"?

Answered 5 years ago by jgr789


Both have advantages and problems - in my experience fiberglass scratches and impact splinters easier and seems to pick up mold faster, acrylic fatigues and cracks more readily and shows cleaning wear faster, especially with abrasive or chlorinated cleaners. You will have to check your local stores, but I imagine in general that fiberglass is a bit cheaper. Personally, I avoid fiberglass wherever possible - but then I don't really like acrylic either because they both make me think cheap motel though I certainly understand people chosing that over having to maintain tile grout joints.

You have to read the instructions for each package on measuring - most are designed to fit down inside the flange or lip (the one that forms the top edge, usually hidden behind the tile/surround) on the tub, so you measure from inside of lip to inside of lip. However, some are designed for specific tubs and actually have a slot that fits down over the lip so can only fit that particular tub. With curved tub or surround corners it gets more complex because the corner of the surround may not fit tight into the tub corner, and of course exactly where the doors are mounted (which is usually a variable) also affects the measurement, especially if not replacing the doors (so able to fit them to the surround instead of vice-versa).

Also, many brands use a dadoed slip joint to fit the pieces together so will only fit a very narrow range of dimensions, others have a wider flat surface with an overlap joint so they are more "adjustable" and on some you can cut off a fair amount of the "back" piece to narrow them - but I don't recall ever seeing ones (other than just plain laminate sheet with dadoed joiner and corner strips) that will fit "anywhere".

I you google a search phrase something like - acrylic versus fiberglass tub surround comparison - you can find quite a few articles on the subject. Also google - fitting a surround to a tub.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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