Acrylic tub-shower, why or why not?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Simonnn, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Simonnn

    Simonnn New Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    I've a '50s ranch, and remodeling my only bathroom. If possible, I want an acrylic tub-shower, not fiberglass. There don't seem to be many options, though. Most places stock the Sterling Vikrell modules.

    Are there acrylic front installs for a 59' length? I can't move a wall or go in from the back.

  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
    Tub roughs are measured stud to stud. If you measuer 58 or 59 wall to wall , that is a 60 inch model. ( There is no such thing as a 59)

    The life expectancy of acrylic or fiberglass is not as long as porcelain tub and ceramic tile walls. If you are scrupulous about wiping down the acrylic after ever use, never use any harsh cleaning products on it, etc., you can get many years. But it will not last 20 to 30 yrs+ like ceramic tile and porcelain.
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