Though Tub To Shower Conversion is a very popular project today among most households, the project is not a straight forward one. Since every bathroom is a complex set up, you will need to address altering several aspects to adjust with the new shower you will install. Here are some useful points regarding the project that will come to your help and ensure you do not make the most common bathroom remodeling mistakes.
It is not an easy job to remove your old tub. Some old model bathtubs are made of cast iron and you will need enormous muscle power to pull it out of the way. Provided the tub is in good condition, you can sell it or donate it with other tiles and other fixtures you will remove during the bathroom remodeling. While tearing out the old bath tub, you will have to check the condition of the existing pipelines and replace as needed. Examine the framing and subfloor to see if there is any mold, mildew and rot and carry out any repairs if required. If you feel appropriate, upgrade your shower valve for a good one.
Shower floor choices
The floor of your shower decides the kind of bathroom remodel project you are attempting and how much you will have to spend on the project. The two basic options are showers with curbs and curbless showers. The one with curbs requires you to step over while entering the shower space. They are generally cheaper and easier to install. Working with curbless shower stalls is a tricky job. While building, you must see to that the draining slope of the floor is below the level of the surrounding flooring space. You have to install a transition threshold and will find the situation awkward if you have to roll in a wheel chair inside.
About shower stalls
If you are looking forward to low cost options, you will find shower stalls the best options. These are manufactured from fiberglass or acrylic and come with premade sides, a skid proof floor pan, drain hole and curbs. They are made for fitting well into the corners and old bathtub alcoves. The kits feature seamless individual pieces and therefore kit installation is very easy.
The shower pan comes with curbs to contain water and there is also a slope built in for drainage. These days, kits are available in different sizes and configurations to address any situation. You will also find them built with extras like bath seats and shelves to store bath products.
If you wish to go for curb-less kits, you must either increase the bathroom floor level or lower the floor of the kit to see that the transition is seamless and smooth.
Homeowners also have the option of building tiled showers with curbs on site. While the curbs are built with two by fours flat stacked one on another, the finishing is done with ceramic tiles and make a solid or glass wall sit on top of the curbs.