Are you remodeling the plumbing fixtures in your bathroom and thinking of replacing your bathtub with a shower?
There are plenty of advantages to this approach. A shower takes up considerably less space than a bathtub and opens up your bathroom to other design possibilities. Installing a shower in place of a bathtub can also be good for property values. Many homebuyers prefer showers over tubs — they offer fast convenience for young adults and can be more accommodating to older individuals.
Here are a few advantages and factors to consider when replacing a bathtub with a walk-in shower.
How much does it cost to replace a bathtub with a shower?
It will generally cost you $1,500 to $8,500 to convert a bathtub to a shower, depending on the style. Average prices hover around $3,000. For a walk-in style, you can expect to pay between $2,000 to $7,500. Installing a simpler shower stall is considerably cheaper at $1,200 to $3,600. A custom design will naturally cost you more, while a one-piece stall offers a more affordable option. If you have to add a door or install additional plumbing, the price will be higher.
A shower conserves space with a smaller footprint
The average bathroom is five-feet by eight-feet. A standard tub measures 30 inches wide and 72 inches long. But a stand-alone shower can range anywhere from 36 by 36 inches to 36 by 48. Converting a tub to a shower saves considerable space and opens up the possibilities of your bathroom. It feels less cramped. You can even install a spa-like shower with more room to bathe in less space than your average tub.
Ease of access
Getting in and out of the bathtub can be hazardous, especially for seniors. In fact, around 80 percent of falls happen in the bathroom, often from a bathtub, according to statistics from the National Institute of Aging. Compared to tubs, showers are safer and more accessible, especially showers with a curbless or roll-in design. Showers enable seniors to maintain independence and live at home longer.
Showers are resource efficient
A bathtub typically holds 25 to 45 gallons of water, according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency. A modern low-flow showerhead comparatively uses 12.5 gallons for a 5-minute shower at 2.5 gallons per minute. Using a shower over taking a bath can reduce your water bill.
Why you should hire a professional plumber to install your shower
Be honest with yourself. Replacing a bathtub with a shower likely pushes the boundaries of your DIY limitations. This job requires demolition, carpentry, plumbing and finishing skills. You need to be experienced with numerous power tools. If you have only one bathroom, keep in mind it will largely be unusable during the renovation. Hiring a professional plumber streamlines the process so you are not living in a construction zone for long. A project that might take you a week to accomplish can be done by a professional in a day or two.
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