Bathtub installation is the second most common remodeling task after upgrading the kitchen and bathroom. Upgrading the bathtub can improve your home’s value and aesthetic appeal. Some homeowners will choose a new bathtub based on their current style, but more often than not, bathtub installation is a secondary objective. In today’s challenging housing market, most homeowners are concerned about maintaining and improving their homes. This includes upgrading old bathtub components to make the home more appealing and functional.
When it comes to Bathtub installation, there are basically three types of bathtub shapes to consider: straight, corner, and sloping. The most popular bathtub shape is the rectangular shape because it is the easiest to install. The old round tubs were usually installed by sliding each corner into the adjacent wall. If this was accomplished correctly, it created a slanted wall that drained the water over the side and back into the basin.
Newer bathroom fixtures come in all styles imaginable, including modern circular styles, inset acrylic tins, and fiberglass tubs with hand held massaging pumps. Most people prefer the wall-mounted style of fitting two walls and two drain channels for optimum structural integrity and efficiency. Fiberglass tubs and inset acrylic blocks are perfect for installing at ground level in a bathroom. The solid surface styles allow a higher degree of versatility with installation and are the best choice for older homes with previous versions of drainage plumbing.
Before buying a new tub, you should do some research to make sure the model is both certified and safe for your family. You should also familiarize yourself with local building codes. All new fixtures must meet building codes for general compliance, and some may need more work than others. Consult Bath Planet to identify the work needed and to determine which standards must be met. You can also contact the plumbing supplier to find out if the brand and type of tub that you want are available in your area.
To save money on labor costs when installing a new tub in your home, you may want to consider purchasing a used or “second hand” fixture. Cast iron tubs are very affordable, and they do not take up too much space in the bathroom. Many manufacturers offer a “hand-made” option that is certified to the American Society for Testing Materials. They may be less expensive than purchasing models and come with a guarantee. A second-hand bathroom fixture that meets current building codes can be purchased for the same price as a brand new tub at a local dealer.
When installing a bathtub in your home, it is a good idea to have it installed by a bathtub installation professional. Professional plumbers are experienced at installing new fixtures, and they have the skill and expertise necessary to perform the job safely. Many homeowners are unaware of the risks involved in installing a new fixture and may decide to attempt installing a cheaper, lesser quality product.