Project Guide

How to Install a Shower Surround

1
PREPARE THE ENCLOSURE
Prepare the Enclosure
  • Shut off the main water supply and remove all fittings.
  • Clean film and dirt from the wall surface and dry thoroughly.
  • Prep cement backerboard with a stain-blocking primer to create good bonding.
  • Allow the surface to dry completely.
2
SELECT A CORNER PANEL
Select a corner panel
  • Select a corner panel and test fit it into any corner.
  • Remove the panel and lay it on the floor with the surface that goes next to the wall facing up.
  • Apply 1-inch pieces of double-sided tape along the vertical edges of the panel.
3
APPLY ADHESIVE TO THE PANEL
Apply adhesive to the panel
  • Using a caulking gun, apply dots of adhesive at intervals of no more than 12 inches along the vertical length of the panel.
  • Rows of adhesive near the edge should be back from it by 3 inches.
4
INSTALL THE FIRST CORNER PANEL
Install the first corner
  • Position the panel on the wall.
  • Press it firmly onto the wall, then pull it back about 6 inches for a few minutes (or per the manufacturer's instructions) to let the adhesive set up.
  • Push the panel back in place.
  • Firmly apply pressure all along the panel, making firm contact with the wall.
  • Repeat in the opposite corner.
5
MEASURE THE OUTLETS
Measure the outlets
  • Measure where the pipes extend from the wall and create a cardboard template with cut-outs in the correct place to allow room for those pipes.
  • Determine the height from the bottom of the panel and the distance of each fitting from the inside edge of the panel.
6
TEST FIT THE TEMPLATE
Test fit the template
  • Lay your cardboard template against the wall, making sure the template openings line up with the pipe outlets.
  • If they don't, measure them again and make a new template.
7
CUT OPENINGS IN THE PANEL
Cut openings in the panel

Tip: Placing a piece of scrap wood beneath the panel will produce a cleaner cut.


  • Mark the positions of the openings on the back of the panel with the template—drilling from the back will minimize chipping.
  • Test fit a final time and use a hole saw to cut the openings.
8
APPLY EXPANDING FOAM
Apply expanding foam

Tip: Use foam according to manufacturer’s instructions – too much foam can expand and crack the panel.


  • You can fill the crevices in the panel with expanding foam to make them more rigid.
  • Position the panel onto the wall.
  • Apply pressure by hand—side to side—to mount.
  • Install the remaining panels.
9
SEAL WITH CAULK
Seal with caulk
  • Use a caulking gun to apply a quality tub-and-tile sealant.
  • Seal along the outside edges of the panel and around the fixtures.
  • To get a “perfect bead,” use a small spoon dipped in soapy water to smooth the caulk line.
  • Avoid using the shower for at least 24 hours, or according to manufacturer's instructions.