Installing a new bathtub in an existing bathroom greatly increases installation expenses significantly. Bathroom remodel professionals and most plumbers install bathtubs. A simple bathtub replacement usually takes only 1 day. A tile surround and bathtub replacement usually takes 3 days to install.
The main reason to replace a bathtub or replace the entire bathtub is because it is broken and does not provide adequate tub support and comfort. Modern bathtubs are made of acrylic, fiberglass, cast iron, stone, glass, marble, and/or wood. The common materials used to make bathtubs are acrylic, fiberglass, and cast iron. Acrylic bathtubs have a lower average cost than fiberglass. Cast iron bathtubs are very popular due to its high quality construction.
An acrylic bathtub can be installed for approximately two thousand dollars to four thousand dollars depending on the complexity of the installation. Fiberglass, stone, and marble take more time to install than acrylic. A bathtub can be installed for under one thousand dollars depending on the type of tub being replaced. Some of the reasons that a bathtub may be more expensive to replace than an ordinary bathtub include; it is older, has a low water pressure rating, and is installed over a sill. Installing the bathtub over a sill is usually a more labor-intensive method of replacing bathtub than installing over an existing floor.
Newer bathtubs have jetted spouts that increase the water flow through the tub. A jetted spout can increase the water flow by as much as forty gallons per minute, which is a considerable amount of water. The additional flow adds an extra cost to the installation and it can raise the labor cost significantly. Other additional factors that increase the new tub costs include; having the tub installed over the floor or over a deck, having the tub put in a concrete bathtub area, and installing it near a septic system.
Installation of an acrylic bathtub on a deck or over the bathtub with a tile surround will raise the average cost of the project to eight hundred and ten dollars, while installing with a simple ceramic tile surface will cost six hundred and thirty dollars. Another factor that can increase the average cost of installing bathtub replacement is the type of tile used for the surround. Tile is very expensive to install because it is labor intensive and expensive to install. Ceramic and porcelain tile is the least expensive type of tile used for bathtub surrounds. The reason that tile is less expensive to install is because the tiles do not crack, chip, or break.
Modern bathtubs are designed with the homeowner in mind, however, price should not always be the deciding factor. In some cases, bathtub replacement is not practical. Waterfall bathtubs may be the exception, but they are generally quite large and heavy, depending on their shape. Also, in the event that a drop-in bathtub is the best choice, there are many styles of drop-in bathtubs available today from chrome, nickel, brass, bronze, copper, marble, wood, glass, fiberglass, and more. For more details on bathroom remodeling visit www.lasvegasbathroomremodeling.net.