Installing a new shower or remodeling an old one can be a major task, but shower replacement isn’t a difficult job for experienced professionals. In general, it is a relatively simple process for anyone with good carpentry skills and a few basic tools to do. Some people prefer to do their own installation in order to save money. But even those who have done their own installations are sometimes surprised by what they find. In Portland, showers can be found in every neighborhood, and there’s usually a wide selection of different types of showers available at any hardware store. Some of the showers are older models that just need a few screws or clamps to put it all together, while others require more complicated installations that are best left to a professional.
When choosing the right Portland shower replacement for your home, you’ll first need to consider how many shower heads you’ll need. If you have a large bathroom, replacing everything in it might be a good idea. Otherwise, you might opt for a showerhead replacement kit that will give you the freedom to choose from a variety of different shower heads that can fit almost any size and shape of the bathroom. You can even get custom-made shower heads for a very unique look.
Tile is popular for bathrooms, and it’s also widely used in shower replacement projects. There are many different kinds of tile available, and you can even find a tile that is grouted so you can still have the luxury of tiling your bathroom. Slate, marble, and soapstone are also popular options for bathroom flooring, and many of these beautiful materials are available in both ceramic and marble. Power shower replacements often use ceramic or marble tiles because they don’t crack as easily as slate and marble, and they have a beautiful shine to them that marble and slate simply do not.
The most important element of any shower replacement is safety; any kind of power shower needs a good water pressure valve to operate, otherwise the shower won’t be very effective. The best way to test if the valve is working properly is to fill the tub with a few inches of water. If the water pressure rises rapidly, then the valve is not working properly. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency tool kit on hand in case of a leak, because most leaks in showers happen when the showerhead isn’t turned on fully.
After you’ve replaced the shower, you’ll need to install the tub and liner. Most shower replacement companies offer a tub and liner installation service at no extra cost, but there may be a couple of you that charge extra for this service. You should always ask about installation fees before you agree to have the item installed. The tub and liner can usually be installed by yourself, but you’ll need some help with putting the flange, pipes, and shower rod in place.
With acrylic or fiberglass tubs, you’ll probably have someone handy with skills in installing the liners. However, most people who are installing acrylic or fiberglass showers do not have this skill. If you choose to have a professional install your new tub and liner, be sure that the person you choose is insured, licensed, and bonded. A great way to check this is to check with your homeowner’s insurance agency.