It looks like this subject has been beaten to death on the internet but there doesn't seem to be a consensus, so I thought I'd ask you guys which is better. I'm looking at using Swanstone tub walls with a Kohler tub.
The Kohler tub instructions say to use furring strips to provide a flat surface for the wallboard to overlap the tub flange:
But the Swanstone wall instructions say to stop short of the tub flange:
The second method, leaving a gap, seems the simplest since you wouldn't need a 1/4" thickness transition with the rest of the bathroom walls. Is there any reason to choose one method over the other, or does it not really matter?