Hi,. We purchases a shower surround that should be installed onto the studs as well as glued down to the studs. The contractor we hired simply secured to the existing studs (2 at the back instead of recommended 5) and onto the sides. What this means is when you push against the back wall, you can push it in about half a foot. What options do we have? Do we leave it as is or should it be taken down? I worry since the back wall is an exterior wall that it may cause issues. I also worry about the warranty being void because it wasn't installed properly. Would love to get some guidance.
From description, I recommend re-doing it as it sounds like was not done correctly, should be no movement once secured, a foot???. Not sure why he used 2 studs? only 2 available maybe?. It does not have to always be as per factory instructions as the space may dictate otherwise and being creative is essential but a surround once attached should be nice and solid and extra studs if needed can be added before a install. They are meant to flex a bit which is why you silicone gaps/joints etc. but a foot?
In my opinion I think you should probably live with it and hope for the best. If you try reinstalling it I'm quite certain ithat some damage will occur and you would then have the added cost of another new shower. Your warranty would definitely be void because of the improper installation. So basically, you pay now or possibly later. I would pick later and hope for the best. That is if it is functioning properly which it seems to be.
It should bebremoved and installed properly. At this point you may have to remove drywall in the room backing on the shower. Then framing can be added and glued. Then reinstall tape and mud on reinstalled drywall.
Hope it works out for you. Please everyone outthere.....be sure to hire competent and honest contractors.
Good luck with it.
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