If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, you may be wondering whether a tub to shower conversion or a replacement tub is right for you. They can both be worthwhile investments depending on your specific needs. Let’s first examine how to know when it’s time to replace your old bathtub and then see if you would benefit more from a tub to shower conversion or a tub replacement.
When to replace an old tub
Leaks are the most pressing issue that warrants a bathtub replacement. Cracks are another thing to look out for as they can lead to leaks. Stains are also an unattractive feature of an old tub that can be hard to remove. Also, mold and mildew can start to build up on the tub’s surface if it is older. Generally, if the tub is not suiting your needs or the needs of your family, it’s time for something new.
Tub vs. Shower
Let’s first consider practicality when deciding between the two options. First off, a tub is great for bathing small children. It allows them to soak and get clean without the overwhelming water pressure from the shower head. This makes a replacement tub the obvious choice for new parents. Tubs are also very convenient for washing pets. They can also be a great way to relax in warm water after a long work day. They also increase the value of your home, as over half of homebuyers expect at least one bathroom with a tub.
A shower on the other hand, is excellent for an older population, as getting in and out of a tub can be difficult as you age. There is also greater room for customization with a shower. Going for a sleek, modern look? Or more of an old fashioned, rustic look? A shower can be built with many different materials in many different styles to match the look of any bathroom. Showers also take up less space so there is more walking room in the bathroom. A tub to shower conversion may be the right choice if these benefits resonate with you.
Cost and Convenience
The national average price to install a replacement tub is higher than the price of a tub to shower conversion. However, a tub is easier to install and only takes roughly half a day until it is ready. A shower can take anywhere from three to five days on average. Luckily, Advanced Window Systems can replace your old bathtub or convert it into a shower in just one day for a low price! Click below to see our excellent offers!