3 Considerations for a Tub-to-Shower Conversion
Looking to remodel your bathroom? One of the most popular renovations today is converting a tub into a large, luxurious shower. There are tub-to-shower conversion experts in Reading who can help you. In the meantime, here are three things to consider before undertaking this job.
Removal and Installation Costs
The first thing you should determine is how difficult it will be to remove the tub. What is it made of? How is it installed? What is the condition of the existing plumbing? Are there mold and mildew issues to contend with? Knowing what’s involved here will help you make a better estimate on the total cost.
Before you tear out the tub, you should also take measurements. Most building codes require a shower stall to be at least 30-by-30 inches, and this is actually pretty tight. And if your tub was in an alcove, you may incur expense modifying this space for a nice-sized shower stall. You also have to think about room for a shower door to swing without bumping into other fixtures.
- Shower stall kit. This usually has pre-made sides with a skid-proof floor, drain, and glass door. They are functional and straightforward, and you can find kits designed to fit into old tub alcoves.
- Curbless showers. These are designed to fit flush with the surrounding subfloor so that tile can be laid continuously over both the shower and bathroom floor. Curbless showers are very popular right now.
- Curbed showers. Showers with just a little lip to step over are also quite popular right now. These bases can be made of acrylic or fiberglass.
The cost of the shower stall itself varies. You can often buy kits at big box stores and find a contractor to install it. This may not be the best route though. If you want the job done right, and in quickly, call a professional like Re-Bath.