With no time left on the building permit, and my reluctance to take on another messy tile job, I decided to search the internet for an easier solution to Eric's shower walls. I found many sites to buy shower wall enclosures but none of them could be trimmed to fit our odd-sized shower pan (32x32x42). I had almost given up when I googled: "custom-sized shower surround wall kits" one more time and presto! "American Bath Enterprises, Inc." came up. They offered 3-wall acrylic shower and tub surround kits that are trimmable and glue-able. Their "Ameriwall" product line (made in America) looks like what you see in motels and hotels---white simulated tile that is sparkling clean and easy to maintain. Perfect for a bachelor.
That conventional look wouldn't have been my choice for the rustic log house I built but will be practical for Eric who would rather be playing the piano than scrubbing tile and cleaning grout. The price was reasonable ($400 plus shipping) so I ordered the kit without hesitation. It was shipped from Hayward, California and arrived in only 2 days. The vice-president of the company, Larry Arcadi, was great to work with by email and by phone---personable, professional, and instructional. I was able to install the shower walls in a few hours---just as they claimed---and I am very pleased with the results! Eric got soaked again, but 4 piano tunings and it's paid for, so he's pleased too. See Dorothy's full testimonial with pictures here.
I meant to drop you a line some time ago just to let you know about the tub surrounds ordered last November. Just around that time a neighbor was in the process of renovating two bathrooms and inquired if I knew where to find good quality tub surrounds. I told them about your product and suggested they may wish to wait and see them as I was expecting to receive the two I had ordered shortly. They were impressed and I ended up helping the husband install them. We were both amazed at how quick and easy it was. I checked with the lady of the house just last week, some three months after installation and she said they are extremely happy and thank their good fortune, as she put it, "we lucked into at just the right time". The folks for whom I had originally ordered had an opportunity to view the installed product and they liked what they saw, so I will be ordering a few more for them soon. I assume the ordering process will be the same. I'll send the request through to your sales desk. Once again thanks for your patience and help last fall. The people here who have seen your product seem very impressed and interested in it, as am I, and as said above I can attest to the short and easy installation process (which usually pleases everyone).
Larry and Don,
Just had to let you know that I successfully installed
my AmeriWall tub surround with a minimum of anguish
and gnashing of teeth, mostly caused by dealing with
out-of-square, out-of plumb walls. Once those
anomalies were accounted for, I got the surround up in
less than 2 hours. I am so impressed with the quality
of you product and the ease of installation. The
installation instructions were very thorough and you
both gave me some great tips over the phone. Your help
in getting the surround to Juneau and willingness to
spend time with me on the phone is greatly
appreciated. (I’ve saved all of Don’s instructions for
ordering/shipping to Juneau.) You guys are the best
and I won’t hesitate to recommend your product to
Thanks again for all your help,
Just thought I would let you and Larry know that our
shower walls have been installed and they look just
beautiful. We are so pleased and happy with the
results, a few of our friends thought that we tiled
our shower walls.
We found two wonderful fellows nearby who did a great
job installing the walls and we are once again able to
use this bathrooms shower.
Thanks, again for all your help and cooperation on
this small project which sometimes seemed
26247 Research Road
Hayward, CA 94545
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to express my complete satisfaction with
your company. I recently purchased the tub/ bath
surround for two of my units in Fremont and had them
installed on Saturday August 27, 2005. Your
salesperson came out and gave me a complete product
overview, explained exactly what the install team
would be doing, and gave me an accurate cost and time
On the day of the install, your workers were quick,
courteous, clean and most of all, professional. The
install was scheduled to take all day, but they were
done in under four hours. The job looks fantastic. The
cost was a fraction of a complete bath remodel that we
were looking at and looks just as good if not better.
We are selling this unit and will be making
approximately 400% ROI on the cost of the new
I couldn’t be happier with your company’s product,
service, and follow through. I will definitely be
doing business with you in the future and have already
recommended you to two other people and expect to
continue to do so whenever someone is looking to redo
Member- California Apartment Association
About a week ago I came too your showroom and purchased a 3 panel tub kit. The installation went perfectly and it looks great. Thanks for your help with the selection and the tips on how to do the installation.
Just wanted to let you know that the shower enclosure and window kit arrived in good time and in A1 condition at Houlton, Maine, last October, and we were able to pick it up and bring it across the border to New Brunswick with no problem.
The fellow who installed it was very impressed with the way it went together and we are more than happy with the appearance and function - just what we needed to solve the problem of a window on the shower wall. The unit was installed at our cottage last October but we didn't get a chance to use it until a couple of weeks ago when we opened up for the summer. It has lived up to all our hopes and expectations. I have attached a couple of pictures of the unit installed in our renovated bathroom.
Thanks for all your help.
New Brunswick, Canada
Mr. Larry Arcadi
American Bath Enterprises
26247 Research Road
Hayward, CA 94545
Just a brief note to say how grateful I am for the
installation of my new AccessaBath shower system. It
certainly provides the bathing comfort and safety that
I was looking for. In addition, I appreciated your
assistance obtaining the required Rossmoor Property
and the City of Walnut Creek building permits.
I also appreciated the courtesy and fine workmanship
of your installers and of your field sales, service
and office staff.
Rossmoor Walnut Creek, CA
If you want a good reference for your product, here it is! I've just finished installation of the AccessaBath shower enclosure and it's working out great! The panels are well designed and fabricated and easy to install, the pan is very sturdy and easy to level and all the hardware/plumbing fixtures fit the unit just right. My mom loves the seat and it folds down with ease. Your customer service and customized order was just what we needed. I took the time to find the website for a shower unit that would fit exactly into my unique space and I'm glad we found yours.
Thanks for your great product - I already referred a friend and she bought the same unit for her dad. Let me know if you have a customer on the fence and I'll give them the same positive feedback. Good luck with your ongoing work.