Choosing a Bathtub Surround

Example of a bathtub surround

If you've noticed your bathtub looking outdated or less than appealing because of cracks and stains, a new bathtub surround can solve your problems. Made out of acrylic, this is a sturdy and attractive way of enclosing the wall around your tub. Once installed, it can update the look of your tub for a fraction of the cost of expensive tile. If a surround seems like it would be ideal for your home, then take a look at the tips below for choosing the right one.

- Consider Your Style

The most popular type of surrounds are those that offer smooth white walls. While this is classic and clean, it's not suited for everyone's taste. If you are looking for something a bit more luxurious or unique, then you may want to choose a surround that has a stone or tile finish. There are many different options to choose from so you're very likely to find something that fits your style and the decor in your bathroom.

- Determine the Setup

With bathroom surrounds you can choose a one-piece system or a three-wall enclosure depending on the look that you like the best. If you're doing the installation yourself, then a three-wall enclosure may be the best option because it require filler pieces like the one-piece system does.

- Factor in Your Budget

While you will have to consider the cost of the surround itself, you should also consider whether or not you want to hire a professional to do the installation for you. For most people, the expertise of a contractor is well worth having because they minimize the chance of work being done improperly. Contractors also know the proper installation techniques and methods so they will leave you with high quality results you can count on.

Advantages of Installing a Bathroom Surround

- Affordable

If you don't have a big budget for luxury tiles in your bathtub, then an acrylic surround can help save you money. Fortunately with the many finishes and styles available, you won't have to give up on achieving a certain look

- Attractive

No matter what style bathroom you have, a surround can make it look more attractive and pulled together. This can even contribute to a more customized look in your bathroom, which can attract buyers in the future if you decide to move.

- Simple to Install

If you hire a professional to do the installation for you, the process will be quick and easy. What's even better is the fact that surrounds are much easier to install than tiles or other types of enclosures, so it will take less time to have your bathroom back to normal again.