Do you need to replace a bathtub that has no flange for tile?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and plan to tile around the tub for a shower. The house is 50 years old. There is no flange on the old bathtub for tiling.

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  • 17335038 17335038 on May 03, 2018

    What is between the wall surrounding the tub and the top part of the tub now? Is there any silicone caulking? Is the wall made out of sheetrock?

    I understand from your question that you are planning on having shower plumbing installed in this tub area.

    If you posted a picture, we could see what exactly it is that you have to work with, and then would be able to offer suggestions specific to your situation.

    • Sharron Hawkins Schafer Sharron Hawkins Schafer on May 03, 2018

      The tub, I think, is original to the house and does not have a flange for tile. I have took the shower wall panels and sheetrock down to the studs. I am attaching a picture so that you can see. At the top of the tub (all around the tub) is 1x6 or 1x8. I plan to put cement board over the studs before tiling. I was told that the tub needed a flange to prevent water damage. That is why I thought I might need to purchase a new tub.

  • 17335038 17335038 on May 06, 2018

    Thanks for the picture. It makes sense to me what you have been told, but now I see that I do not have personal experience with this same project. Are there any other Hometalkers out there who can share their knowledge with this particular dilemma?


    Sharron, by asking lots of questions first, 'talking' to others, and learning, you are approaching the project in the correct way. Don't be discouraged by not immediately getting all the answers you need. Repost your question with the picture.