Bath & shower wall repair questions.
I've been working on the bathroom, now. (Sequel to "The void under the stairs", really). As I usually do, I've ended up doing more than I probably should've. :-). Why just dig out all caulking, when you could rip out everything??? Right?
The silicone(?) caulk that I dug out was yucky with grey & black stuff. (Gee, that doesn't look right..), so - of course, I HAD to see what else was going on.
Now, after destroying the perfectly good shower wall panels, I now find that there are a few things that make me unsure how to proceed.
First, I've discovered that part of the walls around tub are drywall - & part of them are plywood. There's no rhyme or reason to it - top 1/2 of one wall plywood... Bottom 1/2 of another is plywood. It's been so long since we replaced the old shower wall that we didn't remember what was back there - we just left it as it was & put different panels up. (We did not put drywall or plywood there, btw, it was existing).
Now, DH is thinking that it should all be one or the other - & he's thinking plywood is not the best material for this, because heat & humidity cause wood to swell/contract, & perhaps made the situation escalate? Or is the Sheetrock the wrong option?
The other question - many bath/shower surrounds I've looked at say can be installed directly to drywall... Some don't. Should I put something else up first, even if manufacturer says it's not necessary? I want to do this right - & not ever do it again.
I'm at the point where I need to either remove more material - the plywood or the drywall?) or get going buying & installing a new surround. Suggestions?