Are prefab shower stalls durable?

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    • #276481
      Avatar photocraig yanke

        I am looking to tear out a crummy shower stall. I wanted to replace it with a higher-quality prefab “neo-angle” base, surround and glass doors. I consulted with a plumber, who is trying to dissuade me from using a prefab surround. He says they start leaking within a few years. He is recommending a base he can buy, with ceramic tile on all sides and a door on the angled sides. Is he correct about the durability of prefab shower stalls?

        Tom O’Donnell
        Urbandale, IA

      • #294231
        Avatar photoRetired plbg1

          Tile with a base is the best but if you want the other one check them out, I think you can get a one piece shower, but check them all.

        • #294232
          Avatar photomikeinpa

            Most quality shower units are durable , you also could look into Swanstone shower bases and walls, swanstone is a solid surface product, ceramic tile is good also but you can have high maintenance with grout joints.

          • #294233
            Avatar photodmodonnells

              Thanks for the quick replies. I should clarify that this plumber says the door and glass are the parts prone to leaking, not so much the surround, though he doesn’t like that part, either. After a few years of opening and closing the doors, he believes the frames and caulking shake loose and start to leak. Is this a problem?
              Thanks again.

              Tom O’Donnell
              Urbandale, IA

            • #294234
              Avatar photoracefanone

                Are all cars the same? You get what you pay for.

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