Every year, Bath Planet of Tampa schedules hundreds of consultations with Florida homeowners looking to replace their outdated or unused bathtubs with stylish new showers. In fact, tub-to-shower conversions are one of our more popular projects. It’s not hard to understand why—most alcove bathtubs aren’t conducive to settling in for a long soak, and some homeowners prefer to take a quick morning or evening shower each day. Investing in a stylish low- or no-barrier bathing enclosure, which is designed for the way people will use it, just makes sense.
Still, we’ve found that many homeowners have questions before committing to a tub-to-shower conversion. That’s why the Bath Planet of Tampa team has put together this convenient guide, answering some of the most common questions we’re asked. If you’re considering one of these projects, read on to learn more about their benefits.
How Long Does It Take to Convert a Tub to Shower?
Converting a bathtub to a shower can take anywhere from two weeks to a single day, depending on the type of enclosure you want for your bathroom. Intricate tile showers, while stunning, tend to take the most time to install. That’s because a professional contractor not only needs to measure and cut tiles to fit your enclosure, but they also need to prepare your existing space, install complex tile patterns, and wait for the grout and sealant to cure.
That’s why some bathroom contractors opt for acrylic products when performing a tub-to-shower conversion. These high-caliber enclosures feature surrounds manufactured to meet the specific dimensions of your enclosure. The simple yet elegant design allows remodelers to install these showers in as little as one day. And since these acrylic surrounds can convincingly mimic the color, pattern, and even the texture of more expensive materials—like stone tile—most homeowners can’t even tell the difference between them.
How Much Does It Cost to Convert a Tub to a Walk-In Shower?
The cost of a tub-to-shower conversion varies from contractor to contractor, but there are a couple of things you can keep in mind if you’re looking to maximize your budget:
Surround Material Will Affect Price
When designing your shower, opting for luxurious surrounds made from cultured marble, natural stone slabs, solid surface material, or stone tile will likely drive costs up. Glass and porcelain tile varies widely in price, with more expensive options being priced similarly to stone tile.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have fiberglass and acrylic shower enclosures. While fiberglass showers are usually the cheapest option, these enclosures lack durability. This means they’ll quickly discolor, flake, and fail. High-caliber acrylic showers, on the other hand, can maintain a like-new appearance for decades without costing you a small fortune.
Labor Costs Are the Most Expensive Part of Many Bathroom Remodels
Your contract may not lay out an hourly rate for your installers, but make no mistake: The hours (or days) of labor put into your tub-to-shower conversion will factor into final costs. This makes partnering with a contractor that specializes in one-day bathroom remodels even more appealing. These teams benefit from special training, giving them the skills necessary to remove your bathtub, prepare your enclosure, and install new surrounds all in less than 12 hours. This helps you to save on your bottom line.
Will Replacing a Bath With a Shower Devalue My House?
If you have multiple bathrooms in your home and if one of those bathrooms will still feature a tub once your project is complete, a tub-to-shower conversion shouldn’t negatively impact home value. Oftentimes, potential homebuyers can accept that there isn’t a bathtub in every bathroom so long as they know that the house features at least one tub. What’s more, home buyers are increasingly gravitating towards spa-like showers that feature seating, multiple showerheads, and luxurious body sprays. This means that your tub-to-shower conversion could improve home value in the long run.
Have more questions about tub-to-shower conversions? Bath Planet of Tampa is ready to answer them! Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.