|Posted by LonnythePlumber on July 06, 2004 at 10:00:40:|
|In response to Re: Inexpensive Bathtubs|
: Thanks for the info. If I go fiberglass I will still need to tile. there is a window right in the middle of the long wall of the tub and I'm not looking to remove it as part of this remodel. I've seen pictures of fiberglass tubs with tiled walls, but does it really look funny and stupid if you do that?
: This is a budget remodel to just update the bathroom. It wasn't going to be done at all except the previously installed tub drain was don't wrong and it rusted and then cracked and flooded on me. This is why I havn't considered cast iron because they seem to be at the $300+ rate. if I was going to spend that must, I'd probably get a budget whirlpool at Lowes. There is a $320 unit. but I'm not looking to get into that cost for such little use.
: : With the fiberglass units aqua glass, lasco, and sterling although some of them might be a little more expensive to purchase and install you also do not need the expense of installing an additional tile/solid surface wall surround for the shower enclosure as it is part of the fiberglass tub/shower unit. they are available in wider or deeper styles at less of a price increase. These three mfg. do not require a mortar bed(except for commercial use) but i highly recommend a mortar/plaster bed for all tubs except the cast iron. Aqua glass and lasco are most likely priced higher than you would like since you are comparing to steel tubs, but a sterling vikrell unit is a little lower in price when you consider no extra cost for shower wall surround.
: : I've used the vikrell units for most of my large rental property accounts and a few other budget jobs and everyone has been happy with them so far, no complaints and all repeat customers.
: : just remember when you buy bottom line, you get bottom line...
: : have a mortar/plaster bed put under any tub you choose (no need on cast iron), it will lengthen its life and make a much better install.
: : Good luck,
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