Sometimes, when it comes to your bathroom, you need to make a change. Sometimes that change involves completely replacing your bathtub. Whether it’s for aesthetic reasons or functionality, replacing a bathtub is a big decision. Don’t jump in before making sure the proverbial water is fine.
We’ve already written you an exhaustive guide to choosing a new bathtub. What we haven’t covered are some of the more specific details and considerations to make beyond the tub itself. Lucky enough, this post dives into the key considerations before replacing your tub. Once you’ve read both blogs, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is making time to enjoy your upgraded bathroom.
Take your measurements very seriously.
Bathrooms are small. Knowing what space you have down to the inch is incredibly important. Otherwise, you won’t be able to fully optimize the space when replacing your bathtub. On average, a standard size bathtub takes up 13 square feet of floor space.
However, there are a huge variety of bathtub options available. You can find exact measurements for the most frequently chosen varieties here. Don’t get your heart set on a whirlpool tub with jets if you only have 9 square feet of space. Instead, take measurements first and look at options afterward.
Consider replacing it with a shower instead of another tub.
It makes sense to replace an outdated bathtub with a brand new bathtub. That’s not your only option, though. You can also choose to replace the tub with a shower stall. Showers are more water and energy efficient than bathtubs and can add to the resale value of your home.
They also have a smaller physical footprint. This can be very appealing to someone trying to make the most of limited space. They cost more to install up front, however, so take cost into consideration alongside efficiency and aesthetics.
Decide what you want to prioritize before looking at fixtures.
When you replace your bathtub, your options will go beyond which tub looks the best. Before you make any choices, think about what you want most out of your new bathtub. If you’re looking for a tub you can lounge in, make sure you get one that doesn’t have straight uncomfortable sides.
If you’re not able-bodied, look into options that give you the support you need to get in and out. If your main priority is style, look at alternative color options. Decide what your biggest priorities are before shopping or you’ll find yourself overwhelmed by the possibilities.
Replacing a bathtub shouldn’t be a DIY project.
The long and short of it is that you shouldn’t replace your bathtub on your own. It’s a big process. It involves removing flooring, pipes, fittings, walls, and so many more intricate details. It’s not as simple as bringing a claw-foot tub in and hooking it up to the tap.
If you want a proper bathtub replacement done, call in the professionals to do it. The work will come with a guarantee, you won’t have to stress, and your home will be safe from potential damage. Everybody wins.
There you go! You’re now one step closer to your dream bathtub replacement. If you’re ready to take the next step, give the team at Ben Franklin Plumbing a call. We’ll walk you through choosing, purchasing, and installing your brand new tub in no time.