5 Signs It’s Time for a Bathtub Replacement

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, many homeowners overlook the potential benefits that replacing or upgrading their bathtubs may offer. It can be difficult to know when a bathtub replacement is needed. If you’re ready to remodel or renovate a bathroom, it is essential to consider whether or not replacing your fixtures, including the bathtub, is necessary. If your current bathtub has any of the following problems, it may be time to install a new one. 

1. Leaks 

A bathtub replacement is often necessary when leaks, cracks, or other problems develop. Replacing an older tub during a remodel can spare homeowners the added costs and inconvenience caused by maintenance issues. Older tubs are at greater risk of cracking or developing leaks that threaten drywall and other construction materials. Mold and mildew caused by a leaking bathtub can require considerable expense to repair. 

2. Maintenance Problems

Tubs don’t last forever. Along with permanent staining from wear and tear, your bathtub can develop mold and grime deposits as the surface becomes more porous over time. This staining can be impossible to keep clean.

3. Poor Function

A bathtub replacement may be necessary if you or a family member has mobility issues. Upgrading an older bathtub can increase comfort and better utilize the existing space. Your current tub may be too small, or you’d like to replace a large tub with a more compact shower/tub combination to fit the space better. Your height, age, and mobility issues (both now and in the future) will all affect the type of tub you choose. 

4. Value

Replacing an old, outdated bathtub is an excellent way to boost your home’s value and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Most realtors recommend that at least one bathroom in a home has a bathtub to appeal to the broadest range of potential buyers.

5. Improved Aesthetics

You can improve your bathroom’s decor and color scheme, but it won’t help if your tub looks outdated or stained. If your tub is showing its age, the best time to replace it is during a remodeling project. A new tub can transform the room and make it look entirely different. Modern tubs come in all shapes and sizes to complement any home decor.

Consider the Following Factors

How do you plan to use your tub? Whether you like to take long hot baths regularly, only use your tub for bathing children or pets, or mostly take showers will help determine what type of tub to choose. A bathtub replacement can be costly, so it’s important to consider your current needs as well as the future.

What’s your budget? Bathtubs come in a range of sizes, styles, and prices. With the average cost to purchase and install a new tub between $4,000-$10,000, it’s important to determine what your needs are and what your budget can accommodate. While you may be tempted to purchase a whirlpool tub with jet options, it may not be in your budget. 

Are there special installation considerations? Before you select a new tub, you need to know what can fit in your space. To determine how large your new bathtub can be, take careful measurements of the bathroom and the doorways. Note where the drain is on the floor to ensure it works with your chosen tub. Some tubs don’t allow for a shower installation, so check if that is a must-have feature before buying. If you are considering a larger tub, you may need to have your floor reinforced to handle the additional weight. 

What will look best with your design? Imagine how the new bathtub will look in the finished bathroom with all of the fixtures and accents. Your new bathtub should complement the design style of your bathroom and not dominate it by being overly large. Make sure you purchase a comfortable bathtub. Bathtubs come in all sizes and shapes, and it’s a good idea to go to a showroom where you can climb in and test their comfort level. 

Talk to a Professional Plumbing Contractor

A professional plumbing contractor is invaluable for any bathroom remodeling project. They can help you select the right bathtub and fixtures to fit your needs. If you are ready to update your bathroom, call a professional plumbing contractor who specializes in remodeling projects. They’ll be able to answer all of your questions and design a plan that enhances functionality and adds value to your home. 

Work With a Trusted St. Louis Plumbing Company

For your next St. Louis bathroom renovation project, you want a company with years of experience and a proven track record of excellence. R.A. Guinner Plumbing Company provides complete bathroom and kitchen remodeling services and specializes in guiding clients through every step. We can handle the entire project when you’re ready to renovate your bathroom, from design to demolition to refinishing. 

R.A. Guinner is family-owned and operated, and we pride ourselves on “top-of-the-line” service. Our plumbers are licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection. No project is too big or too small for us to handle, and we always hold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure your needs are met, and you are delighted with the results. Contact us online or call us today at 314-752-9850 to discuss your project.


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