Jen, this is a really complicated choice and has gotten to the point that the psychology and feel of the 2 products are major issues for comparison. Tub liners were new and expensive 10 years ago. There are many retail locations in our area and, with the competition, prices are lower and service is up. Personally, I like the idea of both a fiberglass tub liner and and surround, particularly with the old metal tub for added strength in that area. Your feeling might be different. Basically, the decision comes down to checking sources and recommendations in your area.