Best Bath Systems One-Piece Fiberglass Shower Installation Cost is 82% Less than Ceramic and 30% Less than Mud Set Surrounds

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RSMeans study confirms that easier shower surround installation saves labor costs on new construction and remodels of healthcare and assisted living facilities and universities.

An independent study conducted by RSMeans Company has determined that the installation of Best Bath Systems ( one-piece roll-in fiberglass shower surrounds takes significantly less time and money than ceramic tile and fiberglass mud set shower surrounds.

RSMeans, a division of Reed Construction Data, is a leading supplier of construction cost and materials pricing information. Developers, architects, engineers and contractors in North America rely on their products and services to project and control the cost of both new construction and renovation projects.

The 2009 study measured the average installation time and labor costs for seven Best Bath Systems one-piece shower surrounds in a continuing care retirement community in Massachusetts. Labor was based on the average wages in 30 major U.S. cities. They determined benchmark average costs of installation at:

  •     Best Bath Systems one-piece roll-in shower surround: $126
  •     Mud set fiberglass surround: $178
  •     Ceramic tile surround: $685

Best Bath one-piece roll-in commercial shower surrounds are pre-leveled and require no additional mud set material. Designed for durability with a wood core, fiberglass and a gelcoat surface, they are ideally suited for the bathing needs of hospitals, independent living communities, university dormitories and condominiums where safety and accessibility are of the utmost concern.

Installing ceramic tile surrounds entails hanging cement backer boards, mixing and applying thin set mortar, laying tile, adding reinforced plywood bracing (hidden from view) for safety bars, grouting and grout sealing. Best Bath one-piece surrounds merely require adhesive to secure the unit. Comparing the two by installation time, ceramic surround installation averages 11.75 hours vs. 1.72 hours for the Best Bath surround.

Conventional fiberglass shower assemblies have a cavity that must be filled with a mud set to bond the unit into place. Installation time on average is 2.44 hours or 30% longer than Best Bath plus the additional material and mixing cost.

Findings of the study revealed that the Best Bath surround installation resulted in a cleaner job site, reduced training costs and easier installation of safe bathing accessories such as shower grab bars and seats at a later date.

About Best Bath Systems: For over 30 years, Best Bath Systems has provided safe bathing solutions for people of all abilities. We specialize in durable prefabricated shower surrounds, walk-in tubs and accessories for both home and commercial applications – all backed by a 30-year warranty. Trouble-free installation comes with our unique one- and multi-piece fiberglass and gelcoat wall and shower pan units that feature SnapJoint Assembly. This system saves significant installation time and labor costs and is easy to clean and maintain. Learn more at


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Andy Hedden-Nicely
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