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Although plastic tub/shower combos and shower stalls are widely used in new construction and remodeling because of their convenience and price advantage, many plumbing contractors and GCs know little about them. Some simply choose a model from whatever line their supplier carries, while others avoid using these products because they had problems with earlier versions, or have heard horror stories about failed finishes. Yet there is a much wider range of quality and price in these products than most builders realize, and a number of new materials to choose from. Here's an overview of what's available to help you sort through the differences, along with some important installation tips to make sure you're not leaving a problem behind. No Longer One Material Tub/shower