Selecting the Right Shower/Bathtub Enclosures and Shower/Bathtub Surround Kits
You have decided to renovate and remodel your bathroom and part of your new design is to replace your existing bathtub and shower with new shower/bathtub enclosures. If you have done some preliminary shopping, you already know you have a wide range of options to choose from, such as:
- Bathtub Surround Kits
- Acrylic Shower Pans
- Shower Surround Kits
- ADA-Compliant Shower Kits
- Separate Tub and Shower Kits
- Acrylic Wall Panels
- Acrylic Bathtub Surrounds
- Traditional Wall Tiles
- Pre-Fab Wall Tiles
- Vinyl Floor and Wall Tiles
- All-Glass Shower and Tub Doors
With such a wide range of bathroom stall ideas and options to choose from, it can seem difficult to decide which one is best for your bathroom. Here are some great bathroom remodel tips to help you design your new bathroom and figure out which bathtub enclosures and bathtub surround kits would be best for your bathroom.
1. Create a budget for your bathroom remodel.
Before you even start looking at different materials, you need to know how much you can afford to spend on your bathroom remodel. If you are looking to save money, then acrylic bathtub surrounds are a great investment. You can put finishing touches on them like using vinyl tiles or shelving paper to give the appearance of natural wood, stone, or marble.
2. Take into account the maintenance costs of your bathroom remodel.
Ceramic tiles, marble, and other high-end materials do require a lot of maintenance. You also have to regularly clean the grout to keep mold and mildew away. With acrylic bathtub surround kits, there is very little maintenance other than normal weekly cleaning.
3. The complexity and difficulty to install bathtub enclosures and wall kits.
Some installations can be very complex and require numerous steps before you can enjoy your new bathroom. You may even need to hire a contractor to do some or all of the work based on the complexity of the project.
With acrylic bathtub surrounds, enclosures, and wall kits, it is easy and quick to install them following the installation instructions. If you are handy, you may even be able to install them yourself and save even more on your bathroom renovation project.
4. Determine what size shower/bathtub enclosures, wall kits, and surrounds you need.
If you take the pre-fab route to renovate your bathroom, you will discover there are several standard sizes of shower/bathtub enclosures, wall kits, and surrounds. If you want to use pre-fab and a standard size won’t fit, you can also custom-order the sizes you need. Just remember to measure the space twice to avoid any measuring errors.
5. Think about what shower/bathtub surround options and accessories you want.
Do you want a soap tray, shelves, or a window in your new shower or tub? Some of these things can alter your design and budget. If you are looking for the least costly way to add these items, consider ones you can install directly to the wall after the acrylic bathtub surrounds and wall kits are installed.
6. Save money where you can by using the right shower/bathtub surround options.
If you really want that glass-enclosed shower and ceramic tiled walls and have the money to afford it, then, by all means, go for it. Yet, you should look for ways where you can achieve the desired results and save money. For instance, using vinyl wall tiles that look like ceramic, and one of our shower pan kits as the base for the walls, not only saves time but also money.
To learn more about our shower and bathtub enclosures, surrounds, wall kits, and accessories, feel free to shop our online store or call American Bath Enterprises, Inc. at (888) 228-4925 today!