Rated 3 out of 5Â by 8
Rated 1 out of 5Â by DIYinOH Nope, nope, nope. Spend a little more, or you'll regret it.
This was super easy to install and I was really happy with it for about a year. We needed a surround that could be cut (we have a window to work around in the tub area) and this was one of three that fit the bill.
Unfortunately, there is a MASSIVE design flaw. The plastic slopes and tapers around the washcloth bar but there is NO reinforcement in that area... it's hollow behind it. This surround being super thin it will eventually crack if it sees any kind of pressure... like trying to steady yourself against a wall... I'm speaking from experience.
I'm cashing in on the 5 year warranty and upgrading to a unit that costs about forty percent more but has three times the thickness.
December 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by gruffbear Great for the price, instructions aren't quite correct.
Installation went well, but I've installed these kind of tub and shower surrounds before. The instructions were erroneous, though, so be careful. The instructions said to install the side panels first, the back panel second, then the corners last. However, the back panel has a raised edge detail and must be installed after the corners are in. The sides or corners can go in first, depending on which way you want the seam to point. The back panel has to go in last.
March 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by SamC Not as bad as reviewed by others but...
As stated by another reviewer, this tub wall is not top of the line material. It's a 1mm thick and quite fragile looking. As mentioned in the description though, it is quite flexible in size which was my first criteria of choice since the walls in my old bathroom are not straight at all. It was really easy to install though and the result is far from ugly, especially if you do not follow all the instructions in the manual. One big mistake in the manual is the fact that it states that the last two pieces to assemble are the corners. On this specific model, the last piece to glue and silicone is the middle back piece. Furthermore, applying snake-like blotches of glue instead of smearing it all over made the assembly a lot easier and the result is just as good if you apply proper pressure on the panels. So overall, this is an inexpensive, not high-end but fair and nice tub wall if installed properly.
August 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Chris607 Good product for the price...
I installed this in my home shortly after moving in. My home was previously owned by someone who only took baths. After about a month of showering, the plastic tiles started popping off of the walls. A few months later, the gypsum board behind the tiles rotted and developed mold.
On a time and money budget, correctly re-tiling was not going to happen for a few years, so I set out looking for new drywall and an inexpensive tub surround. One catch, I had a window to work around. Cost of tub surround, glue, drywall, screws, paint was less than $250.
-Longevity for the price (At the time, $69)
-This surround allowed me to work around the window(at the time there was only one other option at 3 times the price for similar quality)
-The thin material and 5 piece design was easy to install even though my walls were not square.
-Shelves weren't deep enough for anything
-Cracks did form around the towel bar after about 5 years. After 7 years it needs to be replaced after a fall and a quick grab of the towel bar caused numerous cracks. I expected 5 years (the warranty) out of this so I am happy.
I would use it again if a budget repair was needed.
June 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mark Durable and easy installation
The Allura bathtub surround is easy to install even over an unleveled tub position. It is durable and looks great with built in soap dish and towel hanger. The material cuts easily with a pair of tin snips and doesn't crack during cutting. You don't need a saw or a scoring knife to cut this durable plastic down to size. It's 5 piece kit can be adjusted to meet the layout of just about any standard size tub/wall configuration, using Home depot's FRP liquid nails adhesive, and is perfectly water proof with the proper caulking applied.
I renovate apartments and houses, and rent them.
November 5, 2013