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Old 02-14-2020, 05:18 PM
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Year before last I built my dad a cabin in my backyard. I've posted about it here before, but in case you haven't seen it - here is an album of a bunch of pictures from it. https://imgur.com/a/TIrcxMr

So he has a 32"x32" shower right now with a 6 gallon hot water heater. It works...but he's not that great. He has to take a super short shower and the shower stall is so small he can barely wash his butt.

There is enough room to put in a 34"x48" shower.

We were looking at buying some tile, but I realized that tile + cement board + red guard + thin set + grout would be the same cost as buying a pre-made acrylic 34x48 shower walls with built in shelves and all that. Plus it would be a lot easier, we could install the whole thing in a day, rather than taking 3-4 days due to drying times.

Being what this is, and not my main house, is there any reason to go with tile over an acrylic shower surround?

Edit - also planning on upgrading him to a 15 gallon water heater.
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Nope it's perfect for your needs.
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Acrylic + bigger WH = WIN!
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He's a guy. I'm sure he'd be happy with the acrylic shower. I know I would be. Easy to take care of. Get a really nice shower head and of course the bigger water heater.
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We just put in swanstone we like it so far.
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Swanstone panels and base for the win. Pretty much bulletproof and carefree.
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5x5 kohler base, swanstone panels and wall hanger jets
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On a side note, is the water electric or gas? Why not install a tankless system
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I would be good with acrylic enclosure. A lot easier to maintain.
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I replaced my tile shower many years ago with a fiberglass one. The tile was way too much work to maintain and/or repair for me.

6 gallons might be enough if you can crank up the temperature, but then you have to be a bit more careful with it to keep from being accidentally scalded.
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Originally Posted by jamesbfishin View Post
On a side note, is the water electric or gas? Why not install a tankless system
Water is electric. we dont have gas, although I am looking into an LP tankless with a 100lb tank. It's only him, so that should last several months.
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
I replaced my tile shower many years ago with a fiberglass one. The tile was way too much work to maintain and/or repair for me.

6 gallons might be enough if you can crank up the temperature, but then you have to be a bit more careful with it to keep from being accidentally scalded.
I have the six gallon cranked all the way, and a low flow shower head and it's only good for a tits and pits shower. He has to get wet, turn it off, soap up, then back on to rinse
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Originally Posted by hottoddie View Post
He's a guy. I'm sure he'd be happy with the acrylic shower. I know I would be. Easy to take care of. Get a really nice shower head and of course the bigger water heater.
He wants a big rainfall shower head.
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I went with Bathfitters for my shower surround after Irma. It was about the same price as tiling and they gave you all new valves and faucets. Great for a rental. Less work to clean and can be taken out if needed for repairs and then reinstalled.
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
Water is electric. we dont have gas, although I am looking into an LP tankless with a 100lb tank. It's only him, so that should last several months.
That sounds like a great alternative. Nothing more relaxing than a nice hot shower
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Can you physically get the shower unit into the bathroom and stand it up??
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Can you physically get the shower unit into the bathroom and stand it up??
planning on going with a 3 piece plus pan unit.
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I've done quite a few showers from scratch. And my first one cost something like $135 in supplies.

The new house we just bought has "manmade marble", for a lack of a better word. The pan is leaking on the subfloor when you take a really big, long shower. This is something I've got to address. I'm going to see if there is any commercial base available, and go for there. I'd hate to have to tear out that very expensive shower and build another from scratch.
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Check to see if the leak is around the drain where it meets the fiberglass pan. Ours leaked only when you stepped on the drain itself. All we had to do is re-set the plumbers putty and tighten.
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I know acrylic is cheaper but you might want to look at Kohler Choreograph panels. They glue onto the green board. It's easy to work with. I did a 48 X 36. we love it.






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