Shower Surround Options for Your Bathroom

Bathroom with shower surround around tub and glass doors.

A tub surround can come as a premade one-piece unit with the tub attached, or be constructed in place from individual pieces or large sheets.

Materials used for a tub surround include:

  • Tile
  • Stone
  • Cultured marble
  • Fiberglass
  • Acrylic

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Further Information

Tub surrounds can be a place to really show off your style, especially if you choose ceramic, porcelain, or glass tiles. And if you’re really ambitious, you might even save a little money by doing the installation yourself. Just make sure you waterproof the underlayment before you install the tile. Stone surrounds are more often installed by pros because the materials are a lot more expensive.

Another popular surround surface is cultured marble. Making this stuff is a very labor intensive process, so cost will vary widely, but it makes a great surround. Just be careful not to use abrasive cleaners as the gel coat finish can be scratched.

The same can be said of fiberglass or acrylic surround. These are the most inexpensive and quickest to install. In fact, some units even snap together from several different pieces which makes it easier to get them into close quarters.

Before the surround goes up, the tub and shower valves will have to go into the wall.


  1. I am having an acrylic tub and shower surround installed. Is there any problems during installation that I should be aware of to prevent problems at a later time? Type of drywall, insulation, ways to prevent mold.

  2. We have a 30 year old fiberglass shower/tub surround in a color that has gone out of style. Is replacement our only option or is there a way to resurface the unit in a more agreeable color?

  3. Can I get rid of the yellowed aging on my white faux marble counter tops and tub plus surround? I would only like to bring it back to the original look. I believe it is about 20 years old.

  4. Homax tough as tile tub and tile resurfacing kit from either Lowe’s or home depot. Takes a little skill but if you follow the directions carefully it’ll come out great. And it’s only about 40 bucks. Good luck..

    -Be Unique.


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