Post # 1
We recently found that our shower was installed incorrectly in our master bathroom and has been leaking through the subfloor and joists into our garage. Took a sledge hammer to it this weekend and have it mostly demolished. While it sucks, I’m trying to not let it get to me and look at it as an opportunity to update the bathroom how I like it.
Problem is, SO and I disagree about what to do with it. I either want a soaker tub with tiled walls, or a full tile shower. The shower that leaked was full tile, so SO has reservations with putting in another full tile shower. He thinks it’s prone to leaking (I think it was just a bad contractor and if we hire the right person, it won’t leak). He wants a walk-in shower that uses an insert on the base and tile walls. I hate that idea. I think it would look tacky and decrease the value of the bathroom from what we had before (tile shower). He doesn’t want a tub because he doesn’t want to have to step over it every time he takes a shower, which I think is petty.
Any opinions? Am I being unreasonable? What do you guys think would give us the most return for money invested and also be something you’d like living with for several years?
Pictures, sorry they are so large:
What we had before we tore it out, full tile (sorry I don’t have a better picture):
Tub and tile concept:
Shower insert with tile concept:
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I would go full tile again. A properly done tile job will have no leaking issues. It wasn’t the tile that was the problem the first time around; it was the person doing the tile job.
Post # 4
my shower is your first option with a built in bench.
i had a jacuzzi tub ripped out and the shower put in when i bought my house.
Post # 5
I like the idea of having a soaker tub, but not when it’s a shower/tub combo. In this case, I’d probably vote for the full tile shower.
Post # 6
@ajillity81: Oh, I’d love a bench. The first pic is an actual picture of my bathroom before we tore the shower out. A bench would be nice for shaving my legs. Now I do this weird balencing act with one foot up on the wall. I could kill myself one of these days. It doesn’t help with the glass doors that whenever SO walks in and I’m shaving he starts laughing.
I agree with most of you ladies (who responded, the poll shows different). I’d like a full tile shower again. The only reason I suggested the tub to SO is because it seems more practical than the shower base if what you really want is something that is “leak proof.” I honestly believe it was just a crappy contractor though. There are plenty of tile showers that don’t leak.
Post # 7
@NotablySidedJP: Once you put that nice tub in, I’m coming over to soak! 😉
Post # 8
@MrsWBS: Deal! haha. If I do put in a tub I think I’ll splurge for a jetted one.
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Post # 10
We have full tile in our current rental and we hate it. Unless you have amazing ventilation in your bathroom and you are diligent about cleaning, the mold and grime build up in the lower tiles very very very quickly. If we skip two weeks of cleaning, the mold starts to grow and we have a bathroom window (but no fan). I would go with the tub or the shower pan. Those are much easier to keep clean and free of mold.
The full clear glass doors are nice but they also require work to keep spotless. Otherwise, the hard water builds up quickly and it’s very difficult to descale the hard water spots. It’s best to try it off after every use. This can be tiresome.
Post # 11
@NotablySidedJP: Jetted tubs are a nightmare to keep clean and functional. Stuff grows in the jet tubes when they aren’t in use – it can get pretty disgusting. They are more upkeep than they are worth!
Definitely go full tile. Properly installed tile won’t leak.
Post # 12
@lilbluebird: The first picture is of what we’ve had for the past year before we discovered it leaking. I didn’t have too much trouble keeping the tile and grout clean and mold free, but the glass is a nightmare. I agree with you there. We have really hard water and right now our water softener is bypassed, so that doesn’t help the situation.