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The Right Surround to Make a Bathroom Look Like New

By Edited Nov 29, 2013 0 0

Kits are the most commonly accessible and convenient means of getting a nice new surround for your tub. The selection on the market is very impressive both in the span of price and the span of materials and design. If you're willing to be a big spender, the best kits you can find are five hundred dollars and more. However, if you're not comfortable with that, you could look in the other direction at the plastic fifty dollar kits.

You will probably find kits organized according to how many major 'pieces' they have. A three-piece kit is the basic minimum kit, and as you would expect fits a very basic kind of bathroom. Right angles, basic square or rectangular shape, and normal lengths are all expected. If you try to make these kinds of kits work for more unusual bathrooms, you'll be disappointed with the result.

Five-piece sets are relatively more expensive when compared to three-piece ones. However, in exchange for this they offer more flexibility in what kinds of spaces they can work with. Many non-square or otherwise irregular rooms require a five-piece kit, with smaller kits being simply inadequate in space coverage.

The lower-class, simpler look of plastic is what discourages many people from cheaper kits. However, it can also be a very useful material. The negligible weight makes it easier to install and keep in place. It's also very easy to wipe free of dirt or scum. If you're willing to overlook the drawbacks, plastic kits can be useful for the humbler home owner.

Fiberglass is the main material used in more impressive (and expensive) surround kits. Its use is a bit more limited due to expense of manufacturing and therefore purchase. However, it is also very hardy and enduring as a construction material. Perhaps even more appealingly, it has a very unique and high-class appearance to make even an otherwise modest bathroom look great.

Building proper tub surrounds is a matter of having the right tools as well as the right materials. Kits will give you materials but not the tools! You'll need things to remove old caulking and apply new caulking, as well as a way to measure. Other general handy tools include drills, screwdrivers and pliers.

Not everyone has the time or energy to do surround installation on their own. For such people, hiring someone with the expertise and time is often the preferable choice. This does cost quite a bit more than doing it yourself, though. How much more? Well, fees for professional work can vary between half a thousand to over two thousand dollars. As you can see, it's not a choice to make lightly!

Just as a sink or Toto washlet toilet seat is low on reflective qualities and is generally smooth, your surround should be the same. This helps keep it functional as well as beautiful, by hiding discoloration and making it easy to clean. Remember that grime and mildew will inevitably accumulate, and get something that you can clean without trouble.


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