Installing a new tub of any style, size, or even in a different location increases total installation costs greatly. Even a simple bathtub replacement usually takes at least 2 days. Most bathtub installations and tile surround take at least three days. The average life of a bathtub is usually less than 10 years. If you are interested in installing a bathtub yourself, consider these simple tips before doing so.
If you choose a bathtub installation in a remodeled bathroom, you will likely find that there are already existing walls on one side of the room. It is best to leave at least two walls exposed so you can still access the shower and/or toilet. If you choose a tile wall for your new tub surrounds, you should carefully measure the area where the walls will be attached. You want to make sure that the size of the new tub surrounds will not create a wall or gap between the walls. This may cause water to leak under the tub, causing an overflow during use. Click here for Professional Bathtub Installation.
For small bathrooms, a long tape measure can help you measure a space the size of an eraser from floor to ceiling is about two feet, which is about the average distance for most bathroom remodelers near a tub. Measure the length from floor to ceiling but not the width as you will need to account for a tub stop or door jamb. You should also be aware of possible cuts and bends in the walls where tile may stick out.
Some DIY tub installers suggest that you seal the tops of the tub walls with caulk if you are going to have an above ground tub. This is something that we strongly advise against as it will require the contractor to come out and do the job. On average, depending on the material used, the tub will hold up about three to four inches of water. If the material is extremely heavy, you may end up with mold and mildew problems. Even vinyl and fiberglass will eventually wear down. These are not issues that you want to be dealing with while undergoing a bathroom remodel.
For more information about the materials and installation, talk to your local contractors. They are more than happy to answer questions about the products and their costs. Remember that no matter how much money you save by doing the job yourself, remember that you will still need to buy the parts, tools, and the materials for your soak tub. If you purchase the same type that is offered by the manufacturer, you will have the same savings as the DIY tub installation guys but you might be paying a bit more. So, take a look at all of the options before deciding which is right for your situation.
Take measurements of the inside of the bathtub and the walls and divide the cost of the project by the number of inches. In most cases, the less expensive pieces of material will cost you more in labor over the course of installing the product. Also be sure that the bathroom is the right size for the walk-in tub so that there will be enough clearance for plumbing and electrical work. Most companies that offer bathroom installation in Charlotte will also offer professional plumbing and electrician services should you require these services.