Questions To Ask Before A Bathtub To Shower Conversion Project

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Many people who have an older home might have a bathroom with only a tub. If that is the case, then there might come a time when the homeowner would want to have a shower installed. There are several ways to do this, but one of the most popular is to have a professional bathtub-to-shower conversion expert come in and handle the project.

Before going ahead with this sort of project, it's helpful to have a few important questions answered. These questions can help expedite the project and make sure that you're making the best decision.

Estimate the Amount of Demolition Required

The most important question to ask professional bath-to-tub conversion experts is how much demolition is required. In some instances, no extensive demolition is required. Other projects might require more extensive demolition which could have the bathroom out of service for a week or more. This is an important factor in your decision-making process, so make sure you're aware of the demolition required before moving on with the project.

Will the Bathtub Need to Be Removed?

Sometimes the experts can come in and add a shower to an existing bathtub without removing it. However, it's more often the case that you will need to have the bathtub removed so that the shower can be installed. This is often due to the addition of new plumbing. However, if you are working with an older standalone clawfoot tub, for instance, it is likely that a shower can be added to the area without extensive demo work or having the bathtub removed.

What Sort of Materials Will Be Used 

When speaking with the contractor, make sure to discuss the different materials that might be used. You should know beforehand if you are going to be using glass, ceramic, copper, or other materials. The materials can be a major deciding factor in the budget. It helps to narrow down the list beforehand so that you can focus on the installation. 

Will the Bathtub Still Be Operational?

Finally, you should make sure that you can still use the bathtub if that is something you desire. Some bathtub-to-shower conversions are meant for people who want to completely remove the bathtub functionality and instead have only a shower. If you do want to have the option of either a bath or shower, then make sure that is something that is discussed with the project managers beforehand.

Contact a local remodeling service, such as Coastal Bay Construction Inc, to learn more.