What is better for tub wall area: pre-fab or tile? We are renovating our bathroom.

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What is better for tub wall area: pre-fab or tile? We are renovating our bathroom.

Asked by Rebecca

Bathroom is for boys, so ease of cleaning is important. Both boys have asthma and allergies, however.

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Edward Wright's picture

Rebecca,

Both are good, durable choices.If you are doing this work yourself, a tub with a surround may an easier installation choice, since there are fewer parts vs. tile.

However, I am partial to the look of tile. We recently installed a Mauicast tub for our boys.

  • The bathing area is 15" in depth over 2" deeper than the standard 5' bathtub, which is nice.
  • It weighs only 100 lbs. which is easy to transport and install vs. cast iron.
  • It has great heat retention.

Our surround is made from white 3"x6" subway tiles with a glass mosaic band just below the valve.

Another good alternative is a Solid surface surround, like Corian or similar product. The three smooth panels make for fairly easy installation and sealing of the corners with low/Zero VOC adhesives.

Good luck with your choice,

Edward

For more information:

Read "I am having trouble finding information on companies that manufacture tub surrounds/walls that are made of low-VOC materials." a Q&A answered by Molly McCabe.