Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Josh Quality tub surround for the money, but don't use silicone.
I was doing a bathroom renovation on a budget. In lieu of purchasing a whole new tub we decided that our tub was in good shape, just in need of a new surround.
We went to our local home depot which carried this surround in stock. As soon as we looked at the display models we could see the quality difference. This surround is at least double the thickness of the competitors. I had put up a cheap surround in the past, and it was paper thin, and just felt cheap. This surround is very sturdy, the panels can stand up on their own.
Along with the surround we purchased liquid nails tub surround adhesive (the box didn't specify what kind) and we also got GE 100% silicone caulk to use as a sealant, which the box did recommend. Once I got home and read some of the previous reviews we promptly returned to the store and got different sealant and adhesive.
We used Loctite Powergrab tub surround adhesive, which worked very well. I probably overdid it with 7 tubes of the stuff, but then again I was installing directly over a tiled surround (the directions specify not to do this). The Powergrab worked very well, once I put the panel in place and held it for a minute or two there was no moving it. The tape to hold it in place during the curing time wasn't even needed. The next day I even grabbed the edge of a panel with my fingers and tried to pull it off the wall. No way that was going to happen.
After reading another reviewer had tried and failed with silicone sealant, I took their recommendation and used DAP 3.0 sealant, which is solvent based. It's not fun stuff to work with, sticks to everything, is not smoothed out easily, and takes some force to get out of the tube. With all that said, it got the job done and is what I would use again. To ensure clean caulk lines I taped off all my lines with painters tape. I then applied the sealant with my Ryobi electric caulk gun since it took a good amount of force. Once the bead was applied I used a rubber glove and dipped my fingers in mineral spirits before smoothing. The mineral spirits keeps it from sticking to your fingers. Once the bead is smoothed, immediately pull the tape before going on to the next seam. This stuff sets up fast and you don't want it to dry to the tape.
Two weeks later the seams on the surround and holding up fine, the DAP 3.0 is still holding strong, even trying to pick at it with a finger nail and it does not come off. Once I installed the tub spout I thought I could use silicone to seal around that quick. Once the silicone dried I was able to easily peel it right back off. I'm glad I didn't use that for the seams, it would have been a nightmare.
Best surround for the money, but just make sure you use the right adhesive and sealant. Thanks to previous reviewers I only had to do it once.
May 8, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYGuy Very pleasantly surprised
We purchased this unit to replace an old kit in a bathroom that was built in the '50s. We knew it would be challenging since virtually nothing in this house is plumb, level or square. Also, many of the walls are concrete block covered in plaster. I mention those things to let you know that this was not a simple, "everything is in your favor" kind of install. I was skeptical of this unit based on experiences I've had with similar kits in the past. However, I will say that the unit appears to be of good quality. The back and end panels are a heavier gauge material than the kits I've installed previously. The instructions could have been a bit more clear in some ways, but they were adequate. I will share below a couple of tips that may help someone since I had to dig and search from other sources and had to call the support line once as well. The instructions indicate that you should only install on plumb, level, and square walls! I almost took it back! That would have been ideal, but no such luck here. We made it work and it looks very nice, all things considered. There is some room for adjustment depending on your enclave dimensions.
Here are the tips that may be helpful. First, there is no recommendation of a specific adhesive. The box just states that you should use a "construction grade adhesive that is safe for foam board and plastics". This eliminates many choices, and many of the adhesives labeled for "tub surrounds" are NOT compatible with foam board. I initially purchased the LocTite that is specifically for foam board. However, after reading other reviews on that product I decided that it might not provide the initial grab needed. I called the support line, but they will not provide specific adhesive product recommendations for "legal reasons." In any case, they said to use a "construction grade adhesive that is safe for polystyrene or foam board." To add to the confusion, sometimes a product is safe for one but not the other. I questioned regarding the foam board notation, and was told that "9 out of 10 times a product that is safe for foam board will also be safe for polystyrene." Unfortunately, it is that 1 out of 10 that can ruin your day so be careful. Also, some products are safe for polystyrenes (plastics), but are not recommended for heavier sheets of polystyrene such as this. Please read the manufacturers info; it can be the difference between a good install and a major frustration. I find that you can often find expanded recommendations and "not recommended for" info by going to the manufacturer's website and looking at the particular product instead of just reading the label on the tube. After research, we used Liquid Nails Tub Surround and Shower Wall Adhesive (LN-915). This is the solvent version, it is heat and steam resistant, and it is safe for use on this particular product. (There is a water based alternative (LN-715) that has the same name, but I can't say how that one would work.) The directions suggest 4 tubes, but we needed 7. It worked great, and the grab was more than adequate. We put tape on it afterward per the directions, but removed it quickly because it wasn't needed for long. My research indicates that the long-term effectiveness of the adhesive is much better if you vent the gasses by pulling the panel off for a minute or two after you initially stick it up. We did this with no problems. We used a 1/4" trowel to spread the adhesive around per the instructions.
We used a quality 100% white silicone sealant for the overlapping seams per the instructions, and we also placed it along the bottom of every panel before placing it on the wall. The instructions do not say to use the sealant at the bottom, but this helps form a watertight seal at the bottom and acts as an adhesive also. Your finish bead of caulk will be added after 24 hours. When you install the corner panels, my suggestion is that you add the primary adhesive FIRST and then vent it BEFORE adding the silicone sealant to the seams and bottom. You can add it while you are venting the primary sealant. Otherwise, you will risk making a huge mess when you vent the corner panel due to the significant amount of silicone used and the way the corner panel must go in. The silicone's viscosity makes it prone to smearing easily. (Just guess how I know!) You will likely need more silicone sealant than the directions suggest. We used around 2 tubes.
One last tip, there is a lip on the corner panels to overlap the back panel so you may need to trim the back panel to fit within that lip in cases where your enclave width is less than 60". However, there is no lip on the sides where the corner panel meets or overlaps the side panels. The directions were not clear about this, but we learned that you CAN overlap the side panels with the corner panel. Again, just be sure to use silicone sealant between the two along this seam. I would NOT suggest trying to trim the side and butt it to the corner panel because it will much more difficult and less watertight in my opinion. We found that overlapping the side panel with the corner panel made everything fit better and provided a much better seal between the two.
I would recommend this product.
October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GladIdidIt Don't let the price fool you!
I have been looking for an extra tall shower for some time and all were $500-$1,600. Found this one and took a chance which I am glad I did. First time I have ever installed one and it took about 5 hours but I had a lot of trimming to do for a window. Highly recommend instead of having to sell a kidney to buy a different one.
February 12, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sara Don't buy this unless you plan to nail it up
My husband and father attempted to install this unit in our house. Our house isn't that old so the walls are pretty square. Four tubes of liquid nails couldn't hold this thing to the wall. The panels are very thin and flimsy and didn't even stick to each other let alone the wall. My one pro for this is that Home Depot was understanding enough that after 2 days and 2 attempts to install this mess they took it back and gave us our money back. Pro for Home Depot; all cons for whoever manufactured this thing.
July 3, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Paula Great for the price
Very nice shower surround for being inexpensive. Went up easy and looked very nice
January 14, 2014