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From Selection to Installation: Your Guide to Bathtub Replacement

Americans are expected to spend $33.9 billion in 2022 on bathroom remodeling. We have all heard that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.

Yet many homeowners complete a bathroom remodel for their own enjoyment too.

Whether you are selling or just need to upgrade your bathroom, read on. We will cover everything you need to know about bathtub replacement.

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From Selection to Installation Your Guide to Bathtub Replacement

How Much Space Do You Have?

Before you start browsing bathtubs, you need to consider the space you have for a new bathtub installation.

A standard tub size is 60 inches long, 30 inches wide, and 14 inches deep. Yet there are so many other sizes on the market.

To figure out how much room you have for a tub during your bathroom remodel, you will need to take careful measurements of your space.

Take note of where the drain is on the floor as this can limit your options.

What About Special Bathtub Installation Considerations?

Whirlpool tubs require special equipment including a pump, air switch, and electric timer.

You also have to ensure that your water heater and sump pump can handle the load of your new bathtub. Find out more about plumbing requirements before you move on.

You not only have to plan for their location in the bathroom but that you also have to satisfy bathroom code requirements.

This process is not something to rush. Better to double-check and triple-check rather than being fined or forced to redo your remodel.


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Choose Bathtub Materials

The bathtub material you select determines its price, durability, and cleanability. Here are a few for you to consider.

Plastic

Materials such as acrylic and fibreglass fall under this category of plastic. Tubs made of plastic offer a wide variety in shape and size.

They are also warm against the skin. Another perk is that the water doesn’t cool as fast as metal tubs. Plastic is easy to clean, light-weight, and chip-resistant.

Enameled steel

These formed bathtubs often have a porcelain-enamel coating.

Generally, these are the least expensive option out there. However, because metal conducts heat, the bath cools quickly. It also weighs twice as much as plastic and is prone to chips.

Ceramic

Ceramic bathtubs are made by moulding numerous ceramic tiles together until it hardens. The end result is akin to clay. There are plenty of sizes and styles to choose from as a result.

Yet, you will have to perform maintenance on this tub to avoid deterioration.

Stone Resin

Stone resin is made of crushed natural stone stuck together with adhesive. You get the look and feel of natural stone for a fraction of the cost (and weight).

This is a solid middle-ground option. Tubs of stone resin are durable and offer good heat retention. The only downside here is that there aren’t a lot of options compared to other materials out there.

Think About Installation

Once you have thought about the size and style of your bathtub, you need to turn your attention to installation. This can be a big hassle depending on your doorway size and the shape and size of the tub.

If you choose a heavy tub, hire a professional to install it for you.

Be Confident In your Bathtub Replacement

Now you know the factors to consider when you are preparing for a bathtub replacement. Now all you have to do is choose your favourite bath salts or scented candles to make your bathroom a true oasis.

Before you go, check out our other articles for more home renovation guidance.


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