April 1, 2021
Save Money with a Tub-to-Shower Conversion
September 28, 2017
If you are planning a bathroom remodel in the near future, it would be wise to look into whether or not a tub-to-shower conversion is a good solution for your home. If you are ready to ditch the tub and replace it with a large, luxurious shower, a tub-to-shower conversion is a cost effective solution. Let’s look at how tub-to-shower conversions are done, the pros to doing a conversion, as well as any cons or other aspects to consider.
Tub-to-Shower Conversion Process
A tub-to-shower conversion is done by removing the existing bathtub in your bathroom and replacing it with a custom fit shower base. Once the base is in place the wall is renovated to ensure no leakage occurs. This is typically done through the use of a one-piece wall surround to ensure minimal fail points for leakage. Once the wall surround and shower base are installed, they are sealed with caulk along the areas where the wall surround and base meet.
Tub-to-Shower Conversion Pros
Converting an existing bathtub into a shower can give you the luxurious shower you’ve always wanted, while also providing you with a more accessible option. Showers have become a good selling point in homes due to their ease of accessibility for elderly or disabled homeowners. A tub-to-shower conversion in particular is a great option because it is a much more affordable alternative to a brand-new porcelain or tile shower. In addition, the installation process is quick, and because it is only a few large solid pieces, your shower won’t have the maintenance which comes with all the caulk in a tile shower.
Things to Consider
On major consideration when trying to decide if converting a tub into a shower is the best idea for your home, is whether or not it is the home’s only bathtub. If your master bathroom has the only tub in the house, it would be wise to not eliminate it entirely. While a large shower in the master bath has the potential to increase your home’s value, having no tub at all can make your home a hard sell for younger families with children. Another consideration when making the decision is your budget. While a complicated, detailed custom tile shower may be what you’d prefer, it may not be what is within your budget.
If you are ready to renovate your bathroom and make it both more functional and more spa-like, converting your old bathtub into a large, functional shower is a great option. While there are things to be considered before making the switch, overall in most cases it is a good change for your home, especially in the master bathroom where large showers have risen in popularity.