I’m going to remodel the (original) bathroom in my 1953-built home. It is old-school ceramic tile on lathe/chicken wire/plaster. It is solid as a rock but ugly as sin.
I had a guy come out for an estimate (via Home Depot). Even though I am going to completely re-model every inch - take it down to the studs, as they say - 95 per cent of his presentation was about how wonderful his company’s proprietary tub enclosure system is. I wanted an estimate, I got a sales pitch. He spent precious little time discussing which floor, vanity, sink, counter surface, accessories I want.
To be fair, the example photos he showed me did not look horrible. Modern surrounds have evolved from the cheap, plastic-looking enclosures that are commonly seen in cheap hotels (not that I frequent cheap hotels).
My mind is set on ceramic tile for the tub area, but every time I mentioned it he hand-waved it away and re-directed toward his product. Needless to say, I’m not going with that company.
I am wondering, though, if there is a grain of truth in his assertions that ceramic tile is a very bad idea, that it’s only a matter of time before the grout wears away (all that water pounding against it in the shower dontcha know) and behind-the-wall leakage occurs.
My home is 65 years old, and the tile is in good shape. But there is some moisture and mold/mildew on the subfloor under the tub (can see it from the basement).
I am still set on ceramic tile, but I thought I’d ask here for other opinions.