The bathroom at our rental property has been in dire need of a tub surround since we purchased it. Even though the tub area was tiled, it was never meant to have a shower in it (thanks, people who owned the house before us, we really appreciate you installing that shower head!), so the walls and the area around the window were all squishy. Squishy is not typically a good thing when you are talking about a tub.
We finally bit the bullet and decided to install a fiberglass tub surround. This evening, we removed all of the tiles from the shower area, along with the rotted wood beneath them. This was a rewarding experience–there’s nothing I’d rather do that remove ceramic tiles from a wall. The end result was worse than I hoped for, yet better than I expected. I guess you can’t ask for more than that.