Tubs and Showers
A popular low-cost remodeling solution for a bathroom includes an acrylic tub and three-piece surround. You can buy a high-quality tub with insulation to keep the water warm and durable finish that cleans easily. And replacement tub surrounds are generally of a higher grade than those used in new construction. Because surrounds come in pieces, you can carry them through doors and install them in tight spaces. Some even snap together and don't require caulking.
A three or four part shower stall consists of a base and wall panels. It can be installed easily against an existing or newly framed wall. The better acrylic products keep their shape over time without deforming, while less expensive fiberglass units require backing. Many manufacturers make walls or surrounds that you can place over existing tub or shower pan.
If you do not have a lot of space, a small base or pan with glass shower enclosures could be a better solution for your bathroom. They are half the size as a tub and are affordable to install.
Ceramic or Granite Tiles
If you like tile, the easiest and least expensive approach to a new bathroom appearance starts with acrylic bathtub or shower base, rather than a site-built base and then lining the walls with a lightweight tile backer suck as the Georgia-Pacific DensShield. This stiff gypsum board is waterproof and easy to cut so all you need to do is caulk the corners and apply the granite tile.
Resurfacing and Repair
An old-fashioned claw tub makes bathing an especially pleasurable experience because of its deep sides and length. If you have a battered cast-iron tub that you'd rather not replace, you may consider reglazing it. You can do this by using an epoxy, sometimes applied to the old surface electrostatically. A more durable but more expensive way is to install an acrylic tub liner molded to fit inside the tub with a front apron that covers the old fixture entirely. Some manufacturers offer wall panels as well. As an added bonus, the extra layer has an insulating effect so your bath water will stay hot longer.
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