Many homeowners prefer tile tub surrounds, but fiberglass tub surrounds have their own benefits as well. Your choice depends on both your needs and your tastes.
Tile Tub Surrounds
When it comes to beauty, tile tub surrounds excel. The variety of tile choices makes it possible for you to create a tile tub surround that perfectly suits your bathroom design. However, tile tub surrounds have their unique challenges. Maintaining the grout can be difficult because tile tub surrounds are susceptible to mold and mildew. To prevent mold and mildew, you must diligently clean and dry tile tub surrounds. On the other hand, installing tile is a simple, one-person job.
Fiberglass Tub Surrounds
Fiberglass tub surrounds are made of solid sheets that attach to and provide complete coverage of the shower walls. They are easy to maintain because they do not have grout lines. Because they lack grout lines, there are fewer places for water penetration.
Therefore, fiberglass tub surrounds offer more protection against water damage for the underlying walls. The color and texture variety of fiberglass tub surrounds is not nearly as extensive as the variety available for tile tub surrounds, so your design options are limited. As with tile tub surrounds, installing fiberglass tub surrounds is a one-person job.