Beadboard surround on tub - how to waterproof?

verymomSeptember 3, 2013

I really love the look of the tub surround here:

We are almost ready to tile our master bathroom. The jacuzzi tub has a motor that needs to be somewhat easy to get to on the front skirt, so we don't want to tile down the whole surround. We were thinking something like the above would be easier to get into should we need to access the motor (do not want an access door ruining the line).

However, I do have small children that will occasionally use my bath. And I imagine even an adult climbing out will splash water on the surround. (The tub does not have a shower).

I have MDF beadboard in the hall bath that needs to be ripped out; it has swollen and warped where it has gotten repeatedly splashed.

Would real wood beadboard be a better solution, or is this whole idea not very practical? I'm worried about the trim / baseboard too for the same reasons.

Any advice/ideas would be great, thanks.

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I have a Swanstone shower surround that I love. It does come in a style that looks a lot like beadboard. It would be more expensive, but certainly would hold up better!

Here is a link that might be useful: Swanstone

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 4:51PM
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You can also get beadboard made from PVC.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 6:12PM
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@numbersjunkie - The shower and bath top 'back splash' area are getting tiled, I'm talking about the skirt, which, I"m sorry, I thought was called a surround.

@writersblock - really? Is it called something else? The hardware store didn't know what I was talking about. Is there also PVC trim/baseboarding? Is it paintable?

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 12:11AM
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Just google PVC beadboard. There are many companies that make it, primarily for porch use. Azek is one brand.

Yes, there's PVC trim, too, and it's paintable. (EDIT I should say some kinds are paintable.)

This post was edited by writersblock on Wed, Sep 4, 13 at 11:11

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 11:10AM
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