Bathtubs are commonly found households all over the United States. However, that doesn’t mean bathtubs are necessarily the most convenient option for homeowners or tenants. In this guide, we explore tips on how to replace your bathtub with a shower easily and why you should consider this switch for your next bathroom remodel project.
Here’s what you can do to replace your bathtub easily and without getting too far into the yearly fix-it budget.
There are many reasons why someone might choose to convert their tub to a shower. One of the first reasons why people replace their bathtub with a shower is cost. Standard bathtubs can cost a lot to maintain. A switch to a walk-in shower is often cheaper in the long run for many people. Even though the tub-to-shower conversion might cost more money in the short-term, you’ll save money in water and heating costs over time.
There are many advantages of replacing a bathtub with a shower including:
This method involves installing a shower liner over the existing bathtub. The liner, typically made of acrylic or fiberglass, fits directly over the bathtub and extends upward to create the walls of the shower enclosure. It’s a cost-effective and relatively quick way to convert a tub into a shower without major renovations.
Similar to the liner, a shower surround is installed over the bathtub. These surrounds come in pre-fabricated panels made of materials like acrylic, fiberglass, or PVC. They encase the walls around the tub area, providing a seamless transition to a shower space.
This method involves completely removing the bathtub and replacing it with a standalone shower. It requires more extensive renovation work, including removing the tub, reworking plumbing, and installing a new shower base, walls, and fixtures. This approach offers more customization options, allowing you to design the shower space according to your preferences and available space.
This option does have some drawbacks, including the amount of time that it takes for the tub removal and plumbing work. Removal time and ease depend on the type of tub being removed. Bathtubs come in a variety of types and some can’t be removed with a simple pry bar.
When dealing with a complex tub removal, it may be helpful to consult with a professional bathroom remodeling company in your area. This may be the case especially if you’re unsure about the plumbing connections or structural elements involved.
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