Once you have selected the type of shower enclosure that best meets your needs and picked out a stylish new faucet, it’s time to begin the conversion process. Depending on your specific set-up, several steps need to be taken in order for a successful tub to shower conversion.
Turn Off the Water Supply!
First and foremost, it is important to turn off the water supply to the existing tub. Then, you will need to remove any shower wall panels or liners that may be on the walls surrounding the tub. Once those have been removed, you can begin the process of removing the old bathtub and its fixtures. Depending on your setup, this could involve disconnecting a drain or other plumbing fixtures. Be sure to save any fittings, nuts, and bolts for reuse during the reinstallation process.
Prepare the Space!
Next, you will need to prepare the floor for your new shower enclosure. This could involve checking for framing and support before installing a new base pan, as well as making sure that the floor is level and able to hold and support the new shower enclosure.
Install Shower Pan/Base
Once the floor and walls are prepped, you can then begin installing the new shower pan or base. This is often done with mortar and waterproofing materials before you move on to any tile work that may be necessary. After the pan is installed, it is important to make sure the drain is properly connected and sealed.
Install Your New Shower Door!
Once the pan has been installed and secured, you can then begin to install your new shower enclosure. Be sure to follow all the instructions carefully when installing any fixture or hardware during this process. After the enclosure is securely in place, the final step is to install a new faucet and shower head. Make sure to check the faucets for proper connections and water pressure before completing the conversion.
Perks of Tub to Shower Conversion!
A tub to shower conversion is a great way to update the look and feel of an existing bathroom. It can also be a cost-effective solution for homeowners looking to make a big impact with minimal effort. The benefits include;
Safety in Every Aspect!
Safety is an important factor in any bathroom renovation. Showers are often a safer option than bathtubs, as they provide easier access to the shower and you don’t have to climb over a tub wall to enter or exit the shower. This is especially beneficial for those with mobility issues, such as elderly individuals who will find it easier to use a walk-in shower.
Enhance Your Space, Visually!
Converting to a shower also allows you to maximize your bathroom space. By removing a bathtub, there is a more open floor space for other uses. This can be especially beneficial in smaller bathrooms that don’t have much room for fixtures and furniture.
Shower Enclosures are More Versatile!
No doubt, showers provide greater versatility than bathtubs. There are a wide variety of shower heads, enclosures, and other fixtures available that make it easy to customize your shower to fit your needs. From handheld shower heads for easy cleaning to rain-style showerheads for an enjoyable experience, there are plenty of options to choose from when converting from a tub to a shower.
Gives New Style and Aesthetics!
Imagine coming home to a newly painted bathroom and a glossy shower space. Why not experiment with a bold new color this time? Instead of spending a tonne of time and money renovating your bathroom from top to bottom, you may achieve the same results by simply updating a few key features.
Feasible For Seniors or People With Joint Pain!
Is there a member of your family who has trouble stepping over the edge of the tub? You can facilitate their entrance and exit by installing a shower. Numerous safety features, such as textured floors and railings, can be incorporated into designs.
Simpler to Maintain
One can more easily maintain a shower door. Shower systems include a non-porous surface that makes them resistant to mold, mildew, and other bacteria. Without the grout that normally separates tiles, this system is simpler to maintain.
Cons of Shower Enclosures!
New Installations Can Cost More!
Many conversions require the installation of new plumbing and drainage systems, which can be expensive and time-consuming to complete. The cost of the conversion itself may also be higher than that associated with a traditional shower installation.
Kids Enjoy Bathing in the Tub!
If you have another bathroom with a bathtub, this won’t be a problem. However, the conversion may be an issue if the bathroom being remodeled is the only one in the house. Not a FLAW, but your kids may not enjoy having showers in enclosures!
May Not Attract Buyers!
Not necessarily though, as we’ve just discussed, if there’s a bathtub in the house. Some families may be less interested in purchasing your home if it lacks at least one bathroom with a bathtub.
Finally, the Cost!
It can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 to change your bathtub into a shower as part of a larger bathroom renovation, with the median price being $3,000. Size, accessibility features, fittings, installation, and other factors affect the overall price for your new and custom glass shower doors.
With these steps in mind, you can make sure your tub to shower conversion is successful and that your new shower enclosure looks beautiful and works properly. Be sure to take your time with each step of the process for maximum efficiency and safety.