For some the bath tub is a sanctuary, a place to relax and unwind, but for others it’s an unnecessary component of their bathroom. As a result, a trend in the remodeling world is to ditch the tub for a walk-in shower. A tub to shower conversion isn’t just a simple swap, so here are a few questions to ask before taking the leap to a full on conversion.
How long are you staying in the home?
Homeowners need to consider how long they plan on being in the home before taking on this project. Will it be financially cost effective? In other terms, will the shower get used enough to warrant spending the money? It may not be the best dollar spent if the homeowner plans to move in a couple years.
Is there another bathroom?
For single bathroom homes that have a tub/shower combinations it may not be in the best interest of the homeowner to remove the tub, this could affect resale value and not attract as much buying interest. If the homeowner plans on having children they may want the tub to bathe their small children in.
Do you have room for a hinge shower door?
Space planning in very important when deciding to remodel; one thing to consider when converting to a shower is, if there is to be a door, what type of door is it? Frame-less shower doors are becoming more popular and a lot of the frame-less shower doors are hinged, meaning they swing open. Making sure there is necessary space for the door to swing open and room to maneuver around is important. Otherwise, there are frame-less sliding shower door options that give the shower a frame-less look without running into the issues with space.
What types of plumbing upgrades need to be made?
When switching from tub to shower there will be plumbing upgrades that will need to be made. For instance, most St. Louis municipalities require the normal 1 ½’’ tub drain line to be updated to a 2” PVC drain line. The shower drain can be in the center, left side or right side depending on the preference of the homeowner and where the drain line is relation to the shower floor. This plumbing switch is needed to make sure the drain keeps up with the constant flow of water and soap that occurs when showering.
Low profile or curbed shower floor?
The shower floor or shower pan is designed to keep the water in shower. The homeowner will have to decide if they want a full height shower curb or a low profile shower curb. The shower drains should be maintained especially in a low profile shower to prevent flooding in bathroom. Low profile showers offer a smaller step which are great for older adults who are aging in place. It also gives a more streamlined look from floor to shower.
If you’re interested in converting your tub to a shower contact the professionals at Right Bath for expert service, convenience and our 10 year workmanship warranty. Call now for a free consultation at 314-909-1820, or visit us here.