04:26PM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
2 lifetime posts
I am trying to decide between two contractors regarding a new tub surround. The first guy does acrylic liners and will just cover the old tiles. The second guy will strip all the old tiles off and then install laminate sheets.

Any opinions on whether the acrylic liners are worth the money? The estimate was kind of pricey.

What about the laminate walls? I have never heard of using laminate before.


01:22AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
What do you mean by pricey? I installed Corian tub surrounds in my house. They cost about $800 just for the material. I thought that was pricey, but went for it because I figured I could install them myself. I did end up removing the old tile, and the weathered and wet drywall, and replaced the whole area with blueboard, upon which I installed the tub surround.


03:11AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
50 lifetime posts
For my money, I would repair the wall and re-install the tile. A second choice would be the acrylic surrounds. But in no way would I use the laminate. I have seen where the laminate is used and it holds up poorly, one scratch and it's gone, caulk goes bad and it soaks up the water, not a good choice.

One further thought, the laminate has a better profit margin for the contractor.


[This message has been edited by bobp (edited January 17, 2003).]


06:20AM | 01/18/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
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Treebeard: The two contractors are very close in price so the acrylic liners appear "pricey" as I'm only getting the liners whereas I'm getting a new tub with the other guy. But perhaps he's saving $$$ on the laminate walls?

Bob: The laminate is supposed to be one-piece so it appears similar to the one-piece acrylic surrounds. Since they both only have seams where the wall meets the tub, I would assume this would be the only place leaking could happen. Correct? And couldn't the caulking go bad in either case?


10:01PM | 01/22/03
I replaced the 32 year old three piece laminate surround in my main bath about a year ago. Not one issue with leakage. I did chose to replace it with tile over cement backer board., love the tile looks way better than the laminate!!


07:01PM | 12/13/15
I've used high pressure laminate (HPL) for tub surrounds several times and they are all still working great. No signs of issues and one has been in for about 6 years and has an estimated 3000 showers on it. I don't use any kind of trims (corners and edges) just translucent latex with silicone caulking by DAP in the back corners and along the edges. I use a good primer before hand and make sure the corners are nice and straight up the intersecting walls. I have also scribed the edges of the laminate to fit tightly when needed. Much easier to clean and maintain compared to tiles.


05:31PM | 07/06/16
Member Since: 07/06/16
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I just received a quote from a company that replaces the tub, and uses matte laminate for the bath surround. $2600.I haven't seen any samples of this. The other company uses acrylic over top of the existing tub and surround which goes over existing tile which will look wonderful and is easy to clean. This companies quote is $4600.

I can find lots of reviews for the use of acrylic but almost nothing on the use of laminate. I am told they are a matte finish which might be harder to clean.

Can you give me some guidance on this issue?
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