The wife and I are looking to remodel our bathroom. That will include a new bath and surround. We toyed with the idea of tiling the surround, but decided that we didn't have the budget for it, so we're going for a fiberglass (or other material) surround. We want it to go all the way to the ceiling -- and therein lies the rub.
I can't, for the life of me, find a floor-to-ceiling bath and surround on retail websites (i.e. Lowe's & Home Depot). Am I missing them? The tallest surround I can find is 72 inches high, but our walls are 8 feet. Is the height measurement from the rim of the tub? If so, then that should solve my problem.
Any advice on where to find a ceiling-high / floor-to-ceiling surround?
What is the appropriate way to measure a tub?
I doubt that you will find a higher tub surround than the 72" you mentioned. How you measure kind of depends on your bathtub and the surrounding walls. You can probably get a better picture of how to figure all this out by going to the Home Depot website and selecting a surround. Many of them have a set of installation instructions you can download before you buy.
Inexpensive way to do this is to use a 1/4 inch backer board such as Hardibacker behind the wall surround all the way up to your 8 ft height. Then mix thinset and finish off the Hardibacker above the tub surround the same as you would spread plaster on a wall. Make sure it is smooth so it will accept exterior paint. Then install your tub and surround on top of the Hardibacker. I use this method on ceilings above the shower or bath often.
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