If you’re looking to purchase and install a new bathtub in your home, you’ll need to know a bit about bathtub installation before going ahead. Bathtub installation can be a fairly straightforward process, provided that you pick the right tub for your home. There are several things to consider when it comes time to buy a bathtub, including size and style, material (enamel, fiberglass, porcelain, and other acrylic products) and budget. Additionally, there are also additional factors that are often important considerations:
You may have questions about the costs of bathtub installation and if they’d apply to you. Depending on how extensive your bathroom remodeling project will be, you may be able to save money on materials and installation by choosing to purchase used instead of new. There are many places where you can purchase bathtubs at affordable prices. In addition to your local bathroom fixture showrooms, you can also often find discount bathtubs at estate sales or garage sales. Also, you may be able to save a significant amount of money by purchasing a used or “vintage” bathtub online.
When it comes to the question of installing a new tub or installing an old one, there are several things to consider. For example, if you’re simply replacing an existing bathtub with a new model, you might be able to get away with significantly less expensive materials and labor costs than if you were replacing an entire bathtub. If you already have an existing bathtub in place but want to replace the sink, for example, you’ll probably want to stick with a used bathtub. The bathtub that is being replaced might be a more expensive item than the one you currently have so the savings made on installation costs can help offset the cost of the replacement bathtub. However, if your old bathtub doesn’t come with a sink, you’ll need to buy the necessary plumbing materials to make the replacement work as easy and painless as possible.
You should also be aware that quality isn’t always synonymous with price. Some low-priced items may actually be of lower quality than higher priced ones. Although it’s unlikely, you can find some “cheap” walk-in bathtubs but they won’t be built to last and could possibly even be a safety hazard. You should expect to pay slightly more for quality walk-in tubs. This is because of the additional time and effort that the craftsmen put into their workmanship and because they are not sold cheaply in a hurry.
Another factor to consider when installing a new tub is the type of deck you have installed. Some people install in their own back yard decks, while others prefer to install on the wall. If you decide to go with an in-ground option then you should also be aware that your new deck could become a potential area for erosion. In fact, the improper drainage of a newly constructed deck can cause serious problems that could potentially cost you money in the future. Even if you choose to install your new deck above an existing in-ground one, you should be aware that water can still seep underneath the surface of your deck into your basement. So, to be safe, you should try to seal your existing foundation so that water can be prevented from leaking into your basement.
Even if you choose to install an in-ground or over jetted tub in your bathroom, there are still some things to think about. For instance, you must be sure that your plumbing is compatible. It can be difficult and even expensive to change out your plumbing so it’s a good idea to hire a professional contractor to do the job. And, of course, no matter how much you love jetted tubs, you’ll need to be careful with them because jetted tubs have been known to leak.