Bathtub replacement is a major undertaking. Whether for aesthetic or practical purposes, it should be a well-thought-out project. Fortunately, Autry Plumbing is available to assist you in testing the bathtub installation waters before you dive in.
We’ll help you decide if it’s time to replace your old bathtub, and if so, we’ll walk you through all of the decisions you’ll need to make before installing your new tub. You can also read through our suggestions below on the different options to help you pick the right tub. Soak in these suggestions before making your final decision, to soak in your brand-new bathtub!
So you may have been thinking about how cool a new bathtub replacement would look, especially if you have an old bathtub that’s stained, rusted, or scratched. Some old tubs can be resurfaced, while others are more difficult to restore. Aside from the fact that it’s an eyesore, there are a few other explanations why it may be time to replace the old tub with something new:
There are leaks. If your tub is leaking, it’s past time to replace it. Water damage is a serious problem that, if not addressed quickly, can lead to rot in your floor or walls, as well as dangerous mold growth. First, check under the drain and along the edges where your tub meets the wall to look for mildew or damage.
The worth of something. A new bathtub will change the look and feel of your bathroom if you’re planning to sell or remodel your house.
It has a purpose. Your requirements have evolved. Perhaps you’d like a tub that’s more luxurious or that’s simply easier to get in and out of. Or you may want a tub with soothing jacuzzi jets to address a specific health issue. A longer tube may be an appropriate choice if you’re tall.
There’s a lot of it. You may want to replace the large tub with a small shower stall to save space.
A new bathtub or shower will boost your bathroom and your quality of life, regardless of the reason you’re thinking about making a change.
What Are The Different Types Of Bathtubs?
There are bathtub materials to fit any budget and style. Here are the most popular choices, as well as the benefits and drawbacks to each:
Fiberglass is a type of plastic. This is the most cost-effective option. Fiberglass is a low-cost, lightweight, and simple-to-install material. It’s also suitable for tub/shower combinations. The disadvantage is that it isn’t very stable or long-lasting, and it is susceptible to fading, scratching, and cracking.
Acrylic is a type of plastic. Acrylic, like fiberglass, is light, inexpensive, and simple to mount. It is more durable than fiberglass and is available in a wide range of shapes and colors. With installation, you’ll want to make sure that all of the stress points are supported.
Iron that has been enameled. This is a sturdy and affordable alternative that is available in most regular sizes but just a few colors and types. Enameled steel tubs are easy to clean, but they can rust if they grow chips or scratches. In addition, they lose heat at a faster rate than other materials.
It’s made of ceramic. Ceramic is used to create these tubs. They are the most adaptable in terms of scale, appearance, and form. Ceramic tubs have a rough surface texture and need a lot of cleaning.
Marble is a type of stone. Marble bathtubs are made of crushed limestone and resin, with a gel coat applied on top. They come in a variety of designs and colors, but they are more expensive.
There is cast iron. Heavy, but long-lasting. Cast iron tubs have a long lifespan and can be resurfaced if the enamel wears away. If you’re thinking of getting a cast iron tub, make sure your bathroom floor can withstand the added weight.
With so many choices these days, you’ll be able to find one that meets your needs and suits your budget without having to settle for a tub you don’t like.
What Is The Standard Bathtub Size?
Consider the measurements carefully. Bathrooms are small spaces, so knowing your dimensions to the millimeter, will save you a lot of time and aggravation.
The average bathtub is 32 X 60 inches and takes up 13 square feet of floor space. When you throw in a toilet, sink, and vanity, you’ve got yourself a Tetris-style puzzle. If you only have 9 square feet to deal with, don’t set your eyes on the deluxe whirlpool tub.
A plumber will assist you in determining the size of your room and recommending the best tub or shower choice for you. In addition, he or she can ensure that all applicable building and plumbing codes are followed.
Look at alternate color choices if style is a top priority. Decide what your top priorities are before you go shopping, or you’ll be overwhelmed by the options.
The Best Way To Replace A Bathtub
The first step is to get rid of your old one. We hope you have some strong friends in good standing if you’re embarking on a bathtub replacement of a cast iron tub. To pry the old tub free, you’ll need to strip the sheet of tiles around the flange, and the wall down to the studs. But first you’ll need to switch off the water supply!
If necessary, you might be able to dismantle your old tub into manageable parts. Break up a cast iron tub with a sledgehammer, or slice up an acrylic or fiberglass tub with a saw. Tubs made of porcelain or enameled steel should be taken out in one piece.
For stability, some bathtubs need a bed of mortar to sit on top of. Others come with a built-in bottom support and only need a solid subfloor underneath them. If you’re building an alcove tub, make sure it’s level before you start attaching it to the wall studs.
Once you’ve got your tub in the right place, you can add the plumbing fixtures like the drain, faucet, and overflow. To avoid leakage, make sure your drain is well-sealed with putty or silicone. Cover the portion of wall you removed and retile.
Installing a new tub, as we mentioned earlier, is a big job with a lot of room for error. Hiring a licensed plumber from Autry Plumbing to complete the work professionally, would ensure that the job is completed correctly and will last for years to come.
Your Bathtub Replacement Experts
Make a call or send a message to Autry Plumbing right now. One of our helpful technicians will examine your old bathtub and advise you on the best way to repair or replace it. The most important thing to remember before replacing your bathtub is that Autry Plumbing will always get the job done correctly!