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Acrylic Tub / Shower Kits

If your existing bath area is looking old and tired, you can replace it by installing an acrylic tub/shower kit. These units usually consist of a tub plus three surrounding panels that all interlock and seal to create a water tight unit. Acrylic is easy to keep clean, as it wipes off quickly. It also has few joints to harbor mold, dirt or soap scum. The tub and panels are light enough for one person to lift, so there are no costly labor charges to install them.

If you are thinking of replacing your current tub area with acrylic, consider the following:

  • Start by measuring the length and width of your existing bathtub; then allow 3/4 of an inch extra at each wall. This should give you a measurement that is close to a standard tub size, and you will know which tub to buy. The panels should fit the tub measurement.
  • Avoid trying to install one piece shower surrounds and one piece tub/shower stalls when remodeling. They are usually too bulky to get through an existing bathroom door.
  • You will also need a new drain, overflow assembly, and clear silicone kitchen/bath caulk. Consider also replacing the old shower valve, shower head, and shower arm at the same time.

An experienced do-it-yourselfer should be able to complete this project, including demolition of the old tub area, in one full weekend.

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