I recently saw some (solid surface) tub surrounds that look like granite in my local big box store. These were 4 large panels designed to be used with a regular tub sized enclosure. It was pretty cool looking. I have not installed any yet but see this as a big improvement over the molded white versions.
As a side note...some tile suppliers are now offering real granite 3/8" thick in some very big 2 x 4 foot pieces...real stone is always tops in my book
Melanie, they are quite nice. Also look into Granite Transformations. These folks clam to fame is their counters, but personally they are not to swift for that and I would not recommend them for them, but they can do bath surrounds and the color options are quite broad.
Thanks! This is a DIY project and we don't want to spend alot, but we also don't want it to be cheap. We don't want a flimsy tub surround. I can't find anything on the granite surrounds. I am also considering tiling instead of a tub surround. Also, any opinions on a jetted tub as a main family bath tub/shower?
Steer clear of jetted tubs. In fact any tub that uses a pump system. They are known for bacteria issues as the pipes never really drain and the soap and skin soils tend to build up within the pipes and cause all sorts of health issues. A good quality soaking tub is best.
Here is a link from a prior posting that I did a while back on the subject.
Thanks, although not what I wanted to hear! I was looking forward to having one, but I definitely do not want all those issues.
Do you believe installing tiles instead of a tub/shower surround would be a better idea?
Personally I like the "look" of tile in a shower / tub area. The enclosures always remind me of a cheap rental I once lived in.