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Frank
Vikrell tub and surround

I am replacing a bath tub and the accompanying shower surround and am weighing the merits of installing the Vikrell product. This is a snap together installation of a matreial I have never heard of before last week. I am hoping to get some feedback on this product and its durability.

Thanks

johnjh2o
Re: Vikrell tub and surround

They go together very well and they don't leak. The biggest problem and the main reason we stopped using them is they can't seem to be able to ship them without them being damaged. We have opened box after box to find one that could be used. I suggest you open and inspect for damage before leaving the supplier. Be sure to check the bottom of the tub. There is a bracket that supports the apron of the tub. This has been one of the problem areas that seems to be broken most often.

John

dj1
Re: Vikrell tub and surround

To add to John's recommendation:

A damaged shower surround? don't buy one even at 75% off.

Frank
Re: Vikrell tub and surround

From your response, I will assume that if I can find one without cracks and with the bracket in the base in tact, this is a decent product?

dj1
Re: Vikrell tub and surround

New and undamaged, it can give you good service for many years.

Just be aware of all its disadvantages as well as the advantages, before you reach a decision.

dj1
Re: Vikrell tub and surround

New and undamaged, it can give you good service for many years.

Just be aware of all its disadvantages as well as the advantages, before you reach a decision.

Grandma Bunny
Re: Vikrell tub and surround

I purchased a tub and surround over 20 years ago and am now replacing it. Last year the bottom began showing hairline cracks so I guess it is time. The brand is National and I found a local dealer who carries that brand and it is identical to the one I have. You may want to check this brand out. I did notice it is not the 1987 price!;)

Matt72
Re: Vikrell tub and surround
johnjh2o wrote:

They go together very well and they don't leak. The biggest problem and the main reason we stopped using them is they can't seem to be able to ship them without them being damaged. We have opened box after box to find one that could be used. I suggest you open and inspect for damage before leaving the supplier. Be sure to check the bottom of the tub. There is a bracket that supports the apron of the tub. This has been one of the problem areas that seems to be broken most often.

John

Just purchased a Sterling Ensemble Vikrell shower and am having cracking issues. The base and both side walls are fine and upon inspection of the back wall, we noticed a crack as well as a chipped off piece. Lowes was kind to replace the back shower wall the next day however the replacement also had crack. Because water exploits cracks without fail and the cracks had a spidering effect, we sent the replacement back as well. To Lowes credit, they sent 2 Sterliing Vikrell back walls the next day hoping at least one would be ok. Unbelievably - both back walls were cracked! Lowes said that they will contact the Sterling Rep directly to discuss but I am having serious reservations about Vikrell. I already have the base installed and plumbing adjusted for the Sterling tub. So far, I can not recomend the Sterling Vikrell product.

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