By Gene and Katie Hamilton
The three walls surrounding a bathtub take a lot of abuse, especially if the bathroom serves a house full of family members who bathe daily. Those conditions call for a hard-working, durable surface with the ability to withstand the moisture and continued workout. A solid surface material is a good choice to replace less-than-perfect tub walls; a three-wall panel system designed for a bathtub enclosure is even better. It includes a single seamless back panel, two side panels and two corner molding strips.
A carpenter will charge $770 to remove the plumbing fixtures, replace the existing walls with a solid surface wall panel system, and reinstall the plumbing fixtures. The cost will be more if structural repair work is needed for the walls or if you want to replace the old fixtures with new ones. If you have plumbing and carpentry skills and tools, you can do the job for $550, the cost of the wall panel kit. However, we think it's a job best left for a professional who has the expertise and array of tools needed to custom cut the material to fit the openings for the plumbing fittings.
Here's a useful online resource about working with all types of Solid Surfaces.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a solid surface tub surround you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.