If you have ever tripped coming out of the tub or your body is just too tired of climbing in and out of your bathtub, a tub to shower conversion might just be in order. A tub conversion can transform your cramped tub into a spacious shower. Even in today’s showers you can still have that much needed ledge. If you have a disabled or elderly family member, a shower is probably the better choice to help prevent tripping and falling out of the tub. Remove that old tub and install a stunning acrylic shower base and wall installation that comes in a variety of colors and finishes. Nonetheless, here are 3 tub to shower conversion mistake to avoid.
1. Eliminate Germs
Old bathtubs are a true health hazard. Once the tub has become scratched, chipped, or cracked, bacteria and germs spread into these tiny spaces and start to multiply. Even when you try to clean all those crevices, many germs are still left behind to grow and harm your family. Even though you probably have tried to fix this problem through reglazing or recaulking, it is only a superficial repair. It is inevitable that the bathtub will need to undergo a renovation.
A tub to shower conversion is a clean, nondestructive solution to this germ problem. The old and worn tub is removed and replaced by a new tub made of acrylic, which is impenetrable to germs and very easy to clean with a mild detergent.
2. Buy One that Fits
A very common mistake when converting your tub to a shower is that people do not measure the space accurately. In most cases, the drain needs to be moved to the center for the new shower installed to work properly. A lot of time bathtubs are replaced with large shower basins that fit directly into the existing space and are plumbed to the right or to the left. This eliminates the need to move the drain to the center, which saves tons of time and money.
3. Upgrade Existing Bathtub
The first step in a tub to shower conversion involves removing the existing bathtub. Inspect the old plumbing and upgrade it if it is deemed necessary. If the drain needs to be moved to the center, do it now. The acrylic shower base should be installed with the correct drain location that matches your old bathtub or where the new drain has been installed. An acrylic wall system or a solid surface wall system is excellent choices for shower walls. Make sure the shower walls go all the way up to the ceiling so it is easier to clean and more maintenance free. Next, remove the shower valve and relocated it to your desired shower height. This is a great opportunity to consider installing a new one! If the shower will be used by someone with disabilities or the elderly, install safety bars and to make this bathtub to shower conversion complete.