Tips For Bathtub Replacement And Remodeling Projects
When homeowners are faced with the decision of whether or not to replace their bathtub or update the faucet, many often inquire if they should tackle the job themselves or call a professional contractor. There are pros and cons to both approaches. Many homeowners would rather tackle an entire bathroom remodel on their own, although experienced contractors can also do a great job if some basic tasks are followed. Here is a breakdown of how to replace the tub, whether on your own or with a contractor:
The best way to upgrade any bathroom is by replacing the shower or spa itself, but in most cases the bathtub replacement needs to be planned out ahead of time, especially if the old tub is an older model. Some factors to consider when planning for a bathroom bathtub replacement are: what size do you have, will the new one be able to fit in the space, how difficult is it going to be to clean the old one, will you have to purchase an acrylic liner or a fiberglass liner, and do you plan to paint the new unit. When a bathtub replacement is being planned out, it’s important to think of all the possibilities. A good place to start would be to measure the space where you want the new tub to go, including overhead and any doors or windows. Any fixtures that were present when the tub was installed will also need to be accommodated, such as hoses, faucets, water heaters and showers.
The drain holes on the floor above the bathtub replacement could be covered with drain tiles or a shower curtain rod and new drain holes drilled. The old bathtub drain holes should be cleaned and repaired prior to reinstalling the drain tile. If there is a fiberglass or acrylic liner, this must be removed before the wall and floor panels can be installed. After the flooring is installed, the new flooring can be put up on the wall and then the acrylic liner can be installed. The walls and flooring can be put up by nailing or stapling the panels together with plywood. Any necessary siding can be added to finish off the remodel.
To make a bathtub replacement work, the subfloor of the bathroom remodel has to be in good shape. If the subfloor is not level, the new tub will sit on a bathtub floor that is not flat. A good rule of thumb is to build the room up from the floor above the area where the tube will be placed. This will keep the new flooring from sitting on a wet subfloor that could cause problems for your new bathtub replacement.
Fiberglass and acrylic liners require an extra step in the installation process. The liners must be nailed into place, either using screws or nails, to ensure they are completely secure. If the room is not carpeted, the fiberglass or acrylic liners may be installed directly onto the floor using felt tape. These products are heavier than liners made of other materials, so regular cleaning of the bathroom may be required to keep them looking their best.
Bathtub Replacement and Remodeling projects require a great deal of planning. When doing a remodel on a budget, consider replacing the bathtubs with more energy efficient models. Also, consider installing new drain fixtures. New, heavy-duty drain fixtures can prevent water damage and clogging in your shower room. Finally, when considering remodeling your bathroom, make sure to take a look at the quality of your existing flooring.