Is your old tub collecting dust? Are you or an aging relative experiencing mobility issues? If so, a tub to shower conversion may be exactly what your bathroom needs. This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about converting a bathtub to a shower, so you can make the right decision for your home.
Reasons to Consider a Tub to Shower Conversion
There are a number of reasons you might consider converting your tub to a shower, but these are some of the reasons we see most often:
The Centers for Disease Control has reported that the bathroom can be the most dangerous room in a home. In fact, a 2008 study shows that approximately 21.8 million people over the age of 18 sustained bathroom injuries that year.
If you misjudge when stepping over the wall of a tub, you run the risk of tripping and falling. Slipping can also happen more easily in a bathtub than in a shower. A tub to shower conversion can help eliminate the risk of injury and give you peace of mind while bathing.
Many of our customers prefer showers to bathtubs because they are significantly easier to clean! With a beautiful new shower, gone are the days of being on your hands and knees scrubbing away at soap scum.
The Illusion of Added Space
Did you know that a tub to shower conversion can make the whole bathroom look bigger? It will also give you more in-shower floor area than a bathtub. While the actual space in your bathroom will be the same, you’ll feel like you have more room once your new shower is installed.
Increased Home Value
According to Remodeling Magazine, an upscale bathroom remodel can add up to $34,000 to your home’s resale value. On average, homeowners that remodel a bathroom recoup around 56% of the remodel cost once they go to sell their home. If you convert your tub to a shower, you’ll enjoy the benefits yourself and if you decide to put your house on the market.
Things to Consider Before Getting a Tub to Shower Conversion
How do I pick a contractor?
Once you’ve decided you’re ready to convert your tub to a shower, the most important decision you can make is who you will hire to do the job. We recommend asking the following questions to any potential contractor you are thinking of hiring:
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you offer any warranties?
- Can I see examples of your past work?
- Do you have customer testimonials I can read?
If you were to ask Herl’s those same questions, we’d tell you that we’ve been providing high-quality bathroom remodeling services to residents in the Delmarva Peninsula since 1991.
All of our technicians have at least 125 prior installation jobs to his or her name and our work is backed by warranties. On our website, you can see a beautiful photo gallery with real examples of our work and read reviews from hundreds of happy customers!
How long will a tub to shower conversion take?
We can’t speak for how long it will take other contractors, but at Herl’s we can convert your bathtub to a shower in as little as one day! Of course, the more customizations you add to your project, the more your timeline may be affected, but we try to work as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality.
Do I have space for a converted shower?
There’s nothing worse than getting excited about a home renovation project and then realizing the logistics won’t work. Before you decide to move forward with a tub to shower conversion, keep in mind these key measurements that meet building codes. If your bathroom won’t allow for these requirements, you may have to look into other options.
- The floor of a shower stall needs to be at least 30”x30”, but a 36”x36” wide stall is recommended by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
- The finished ceiling height will be 80”.
- There needs to be a minimum of 15” from the side of the toilet to the shower wall (measured from the center of the toilet to the shower wall), but 18” is recommended when possible.
- There must be a minimum of 21” from the front of the toilet to the shower wall (measured from the front of the toilet bowl to the shower wall), but 30” is recommended when possible.
- The shower door should clear all obstructions, especially the toilet and vanity cabinet when it swings open. Sliding glass doors or shower curtains can help solve door swing space issues.
Does a tub to shower conversion make sense for my home?
How many bathtubs are currently in your house? If you think you might sell your home in the future, it’s a good idea to keep at least one bathtub, as they tend to appeal to more homebuyers, according to Realtor® Magazine. If you’ll still have at least bathtub in your home after the conversion, you should be in the clear.
What kind of tub am I replacing?
Do you have an alcove tub (a standard, built-in tub) or a freestanding one? The type of tub you replace may affect your shower conversion options. While both tubs can be converted to a shower, converting a freestanding tub may require additional plumbing work. Keep this in mind as you ask questions to potential contractors.
Do I want to relocate the shower to a new spot within the bathroom?
One of the best parts about remodeling your bathroom is that you can rearrange the layout to your liking. If you’re thinking about converting your tub to a shower in a new location within the bathroom, communicate that with your contractor from the beginning. It will make plumbing logistics easier throughout the project.
What kind of shower floor do I want?
When you decide to convert your bathtub to a shower, you have the option of a curbed shower (which has a small curb or “lip” at its base) or curbless shower (which is flush to the ground). There are pros and cons to each, but it all comes down to what is most important to you.
A curbless shower is safer and more easily accessible for all age groups, as there is no to curb to step over when entering the shower. The seamless look of a curbless shower can also make it look bigger. With a curbed shower option, there is less chance of water leaking out on to the bathroom floor and it keeps heat in better than its curbless counterpart.
What are the benefits of an acrylic shower stall?
We recommend acrylic shower stalls to most of our customers because they are a convenient and cost-effective way to update your bathroom in as little as just one day! These are one-piece systems that can be completely customized to suit your needs and are cut to fit perfectly in your bathroom. Acrylic is highly resistant to mold and mildew and very easy to keep clean. Learn more about our acrylic shower options here.
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