Install a Prefabricated Unit

You are remodeling your bathroom and you need a new shower/tub. Should you install a prefabricated (prefab) shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall?

 

Two Types of Shower Stalls

Pre-fabricated shower stall units are formed in a factory, shipped to your home in one or several pieces, and are then installed in your bathroom.

By contrast, the tiled shower is site-built, constructed from scratch by carpenters and tilers.

Carpenters construct the frame, walling it in with a cement-based board such as Wonderboard. Tilers step in and finish the tilework.

Types of Pre-fabricated Units

They are composed of a shower pan and solid side panels. One deciding factor between one-piece or multi-piece units is whether you can get the one-piece unit through the doors of older homes. Homeowners often choose multi-piece units for this very reason.

Multi-Piece Best Pick: Buy on Amazon – American Standard Acrylux 60″ x 32″ Shower Kit

If you are looking for a sleeker, better-styled shower unit, American Standard has a shower stall unit made of Acrylic capped ABS, reinforced by fiberglass. This kit is everything you need: all wall panels, glass door, and shower pan.

 

Consider a Wall Kit if Your Tub is in Good Condition

An alternative to full kits like the American Standard are wall kits.

Wall kits are for bathtub-only or tub-shower combinations.

The tub stays in place but you cover everything above the tub with wall panels.

Wall Kit Best Pick: Buy on Amazon – Swanstone Veritek Tub Wall Kit

Swanstone’s Veritek Tub Wall Kit is a good, reasonably priced way to refurbish your icky tub/shower combination.

This is a five-panel wall kit that effectively obliterates nasty shower walls, covering them with white, bone, or bisque-tinted Veritek panels.

For a faux-tile look, the panels have simulated grout lines. Best thing: all of the soap dishes and convenience shelves that come pre-molded into the panels.