Thinking about replacing your tub with a shower? Well, you are not the only one! This has become a popular trend over the years when doing home renovations. Showers are not only convenient, but they take up less space compared to a tub, allowing more room for other necessities. With new home construction, it’s popular to see a master bathroom with a tub and a stand-alone shower.
Replacing a tub with a shower is a complex project. Its not just a quick switch. We strongly recommend working with a team of professionals, like Crew, to ensure the job is done correctly.
To keep costs down, its ideal to keep the shower in the same location and size as where the tub was. The plumbing is already in place. If you plan on moving the plumbing, you can expect to pay more.
Location– When relocating the shower, you will want to follow the specific spacing requirements for your shower. For example, leaving 15 inches between the side of the toilet and the shower wall, or 21 inches between the front of the toilet and the shower wall. Keep in mind, check with the city to make sure you have the appropriate permits for the job. Inspection will be performed after plumbing has been installed, yet before walls are finished.
Preparing for Tub Removal– We want to ensure all water supply has been shut off before beginning the process. At that point, we will remove some of the surrounding tile and drywall to free the tub. To protect the floor, cover it with plywood. Next we will disconnect the plumbing by unscrewing knobs, drain cover and overflow.
Tub Removal– Depending on the tub material, it can be a very easy, or a very difficult task. We start by removing any nails or screws attached to tub and studs. Cut through any caulk between tub and floor. After prying the tub free from the wall, it’s time to get it out of the bathroom. If it’s a fiberglass or acrylic tub, we can cut it into pieces to easily remove. Once the tub is out, clean the area, and repair any drywall that was cut away.
Inspect-Now that the tub is out, we inspect your subfloor for any damage from moisture. If it needs to be replaced, now is the time to do so! Save yourself that that headache down the road.
Shower Installation– You have a variety of shower options to go with, for example, Acrylic and Fiberglass panels, Ceramic or Porcelain Tile, Stone Tiles or Glass Tiles. Each installation process is a little bit different. If you are looking for something simple and inexpensive, an acrylic or fiberglass shower is a great option, and you have a number of color options to select from.
Showers are great for convenient access, especially those with limited mobility. When you are ready to transform your tub into a shower, your team at Crew is ready to assist and get the project done! Call today for a free estimate.