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The Bathtub and Shower Replacement Process

Published on Tuesday May 30, 2023

Embarking on a bathtub or shower replacement can breathe new life into your bathroom. It can elevate both aesthetic appeal and functionality. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the essential aspects of the replacement process, from the duration and steps involved to the average costs and vital questions to ask before diving in. With these expert tips in hand, you’ll be well-prepared to transform your bathroom into a modern and inviting oasis.

How Long Does the Shower and Bathtub Replacement Process Take?

The duration of a bathtub or shower replacement primarily depends on factors such as project complexity, replacement type, and contractor expertise. Generally, the process takes anywhere from one to three days.

However, you should always ensure the company you work with is capable of getting the job done quickly and effectively. Long Baths completes most shower and bath remodeling projects in as little as 8 hours without sacrificing the quality of our services. 

“We don’t cut corners,” said Matt Mack, Long Baths Mid- Atlantic Branch Manager. “A problematic bath remodel can cause larger issues with water damage in your home. Trust a reputable company like Long who will stand behind their work.”

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Steps Involved in the Bathtub and Shower Replacement Process

A well-executed shower or bath replacement involves the following steps:

1. Assessment and Measurements: Your contractor will evaluate your existing setup and measure the space to determine the appropriate replacement.

2. Removal of Old Fixtures: The old bathtub or shower, along with any necessary tiles or panels, is carefully removed.

3. Installation of New Fixtures: The new bathtub or shower unit is installed, ensuring a perfect fit and watertight seal.

4. Plumbing Adjustments: Any necessary adjustments are made to the plumbing to accommodate the new fixtures.

5. Finishing Touches: Grouting, sealing, and caulking complete the installation.

What Are the Average Costs of Shower and Bath Replacements?

The cost of replacing a bathtub or shower can vary significantly depending on factors such as fixture type, materials used, and labor involved.

On average, a bathtub replacement on its own can cost $2,000-$5,000. Meanwhile replacing a bathtub with a shower typically ranges from $2,500 to $7,500. When obtaining a quote from your chosen contractor, be sure to ask for a cost breakdown. This can help ensure that you get the best value for your investment.

Questions to Ask Before You Begin

Speaking of things to ask your contractor, be sure you have answers to the following questions before getting started. This will help you make an informed decision before hiring a contractor. 

  • What are the available options for bathtub and shower fixtures?
  • How long will the replacement process take?
  • Is the contractor licensed and insured?
  • What warranties are offered on the products and installation?

Luxury Features to Enhance Your Bathtub and Shower

Another component that impacts your shower or bathtub replacement are add-ons. Incorporating luxury features can enhance your bathing experience. Some popular options include:

  • Therapeutic hydrotherapy systems for bathtubs
  • Multi-functional showerheads with massaging jets
  • Inbuilt seating options for added comfort
  • Aging-in-place bathroom features such as grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces

Replace Bathtub with Shower: A Modern & Space-Saving Solution

Replacing a bathtub with a shower is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. It allows you to maximize space in small bathrooms, or just to have a larger shower with a sleek design. This conversion enhances the overall functionality of your bathroom as well as several other benefits that are worth considering.

1. Space Optimization: A shower enclosure often occupies less floor space than a traditional bathtub, making your bathroom appear more spacious and providing additional room for other fixtures or storage.

2. Accessibility: Showers, especially those with low-threshold entry and slip-resistant flooring, offer easier access for individuals with mobility issues, making them an ideal choice for aging-in-place or multi-generational households.

3. Water Efficiency: Showers generally consume less water than bathtubs, especially when fitted with low-flow showerheads. By replacing your bathtub with a shower, you can contribute to water conservation and potentially reduce your water bill.

4. Customization: A shower replacement offers numerous options for customization, such as frameless glass enclosures, rainfall showerheads, built-in niches, and benches. These features allow you to create a tailored showering experience that caters to your preferences and enhances the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom.

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Upgrade Your Bathtub and Shower in One Day

Your bathtub or shower should be a sanctuary where you can unwind and rejuvenate. So, take the plunge and embark on this exciting journey to elevate the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your bathing space. 

Long Baths is the go-to for bathtub and shower remodel projects in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as New England, Connecticut/Western Mass, and Florida. We provide our customers with the right blend of luxury features, expert craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail.  

Contact us today to learn more about our services and get started today. Happy remodeling!

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