When it comes to bathroom remodels, a bathtub should take top priority. This is a place of cleansing and rejuvenation, both physically and emotionally. If your shower of bath looks old, worn and unsightly, a new installation will definitely give your bathroom a new look and a fresh new feel. Here at Anta Plumbing, we relish the opportunity to help out with bathroom renovations, and we get a kick out of seeing how an old and worn bathroom turns into a modern new sanctuary.
Here are some great reasons for replacing your bathtub and or shower:
You Want a New Look
Whether you want a new look for your bathroom for yourself or to sell the home, it is a great investment. If you’re planning on selling your home, a bathroom remodel will definitely go a long way to fetching you the best price. Home buyers are always impressed with a premium bathroom.
You Need a Conversion
Depending on your family’s needs, you may need a bathroom conversion. Full walk-in showers or wet rooms are very popular these days. However, families with young children still need baths. Take advantage of a required conversion to install a premium fixture, whether you want a bath-to-shower conversion, a full walk-in shower, or a combo bath and shower.
The Tub is Old and Unsightly
There are cheaper options to remodel an old and unsightly bathtub other than replacing it. Abrasive cleaners are a major culprit in damaging the surface of your tub. Reglazing is a great option, if the tub has permanent stains. However, if it is badly damaged with dents or rust, or if it just no longer matches your idea of a perfect bathroom, it may be time to consider a new replacement tub.
It is usually practical to replace an old builder-grade bathtub, but if you have an old, heavy, cast-iron bathtub, refinishing is generally a better idea. Most tubs can be refinished.
Tub Needs Repairs
Cracks are a great source of damage, not only on the bathing experience, but also to your property. Instead of spending money on constant repairs, it would be a good idea to invest in a quality bath tub upgrade. It will also make your bathroom look nice.
Replacing Your Old Bathtub
When it comes to replacing your old bathtub with a more modern upgrade, you must be prepared for a big job. Ideally, it should only be done by someone with professional training and experience.
Also be sure to take your measurements, as new tubs generally have a different width to the ones installed in older homes.
New bathtubs come in a variety of materials, designs and cost ranges:
Enameled steel is the cheapest, and it is lightweight. However, it can be slippery and chip easily. It may also allow water to cool too quickly.
Enameled cast-iron is durable and retains the heat of the water. However, they are heavier, required additional structural support and are generally more expensive.
Acrylic tubs are just a little more expensive than enameled steel, but they are also fade-resistant and lightweight, and they hold heat well when insulated. The only draw back is that they show scratches.
Plastic composite or fiberglass tubs cost about the same as acrylic tubs, and are lightweight.
Proprietary composite tubs combine resins, porcelain enamel and heavy-gauge steel to combine the benefits of cast iron for a much lighter product.
If you’re looking at replacing your tub, you may wish to speak to Anta Plumbing. With years of experience, we can assist you in making the best choice.