How to Install a Tub Enclosure With End Panels
A tub enclosure can offer the perfect face lift for your bathroom by reducing leaks and damp patches on your bathroom floor. Though it is a big job, you can install a tub enclosure yourself by following these simple instructions.
Step 1 - Choose Your Enclosure
The most popular enclosures are glass, tile, plastic panels, or a combination of materials. Most enclosures come in rectangular pieces in a kit of either 3 or 5 panels. First decide how many panels you need. Ask for advice at the home improvement store as to how material will be to cut.
Step 2 - Preparation
Before attaching the first panel of your tub enclosure, measure the space and cut where needed. Depending on the material of your tub enclosure, you may be able to cut it yourself with a power saw. If not, have your local DIY store cut it for you based on your measurements.
Don't forget to make sure your bathroom is clean and free from dust and debris. Protect your tub with a tarp or drop cloth while you are working. Don't forget to turn-off the water to prevent an impromptu shower!
Step 3 - Repairs
If you are replacing an old tub enclosure, take this opportunity to repair the walls behind the panels. Inspect the walls for damp patches and replace drywall where needed. Smooth walls that are uneven or cracked.
Step 4 - Hardware
If one of your panels will be placed on the side of the tub where your shower head and faucet are located, you will need to cut that panel accordingly. The best way to do so is to make a stencil. Cut a piece of construction paper, cardboard, or thin wood. Trace the fixtures sit. Then place that stencil on the panel and cut along the markings. If you are having a professional cut your tub enclosure, make sure to bring them a hardware stencil so they can cut this panel for you too.
Step 5 - Installation
Read the instructions that come with your tub enclosure kit carefully. Apply the adhesive properly. Start at one end panel and then work yourself around the tub. Make sure one panel is completely dry and in place before moving onto the next panel so that you do not end up with an uneven or faulty tub enclosure. Once the panels are dry, caulk the seams to make your tub enclosure is truly waterproof.