What is a Tub to Shower Conversion?

August 10, 2016

shower head for a tub to shower conversion

Who has time for a warm bubble bath these days? Having that kind of time is a commodity that many of us do not have; many of us may also not physically be able to take a bath. There’s a reason most modern homes these days include showers in every bathroom, while outdated homes from the 60’s and 70’s will feature only tubs. Times have changed and now a shower is more desirable than a bathtub. There are many reasons why homeowners choose to convert their bath tubs to showers, let’s take a look at the conversion process and who’s doing it.

What is a Tub to Shower Conversion?

A tub to shower conversion is just that: converting that old tub to a more modern walk in shower. This conversion can be from a basin tub to walk in shower, or a shower and tub combo to sliding enclosure. The possibilities are virtually endless, but if you are going from strictly a tub to some form of shower than we refer to it as a “Tub to Shower Conversion.”

What is involved with a Turn to Shower Conversion?

There are many factors involved when converting a bathroom, for example if you have a small bathroom your options may be limited and some shower types and materials may be off the table. In general you can expect to deal with the following elements before and during the process:

  • Plumbing
  • Shower Type/Style
  • Wallboards
  • Tile

When planning a tub to shower conversion, you’ll want to have completed basic measurements as well as taken the above into consideration to help with the planning phase. Your project may involve reworking your plumbing, replacing all wall boards, and additional construction. Your shower style and tile should be discussed as well to make sure they fit within the scope of your project. Obviously there are many steps and also other considerations, but these are heavy hitters and can save you time with your contractor if you consider them earlier.

Why Convert?

  • Showers are better for home resale (just be sure to keep at least one bath tub in your home for bathing children and doing other chores that require a tub)
  • Showers use less water than bathtubs
  • Showers are more easily accessible and are better for people with impaired mobility
  • Showers can be modified with grab bars and other safety features
  • Showers are ideal for small bathrooms
  • Based on recent studies most people prefer showering over bathing

If you are considering converting your bathtub to a shower, don’t be left in the dark wondering what materials to use, what kind of shower is right for you, and what the cost will be. Contact Bath Doctor today and get a free estimate and let them bring their showroom to you. Seeing samples in your own home is a personal convenience that we feel everyone deserves.

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