There are relatively few occasions wherein you will be called upon to replace a bathtub. If your tub size is not to your liking (in terms of size or color, for example) or it becomes damaged in some way, you might elect to upgrade to a newer or more appropriate bathtub for your space. But it’s more likely you’ll live with such issues or find quick fixes until such a time as you decide to renovate your bathroom. The reason is that replacing a bathtub can be a costly and difficult process. And once you set your mind to the task, there are several factors you’ll need to consider before you rush into a purchase. Here are a few things to think about when buying a new bathtub.
- Measurements are important for several reasons. First, you want to make sure you’ll fit in your tub. Many standard bathtubs are only sixty inches (or five feet) long and twenty inches deep (or less), which doesn’t leave a lot of room for soaking. If you want a longer or deeper tub, you might have to do some searching. Second, you need to make sure your new tub will fit in the available space in your bathroom. And finally, you definitely want to make sure you can fit it through the doors, hallways, and stairwells leading to your bathroom. The worst case scenario would be to buy a tub that will fit in your bathroom but that you can’t maneuver through the house.
- There’s a fair chance that the people you purchase your bathtub from will not install it – it isn’t a refrigerator that merely needs to be hooked up to an electrical outlet, after all. You’ll need to find a contractor to remove the old tub, most likely, and put the new one in. And your contractor will need to have a plumber on his crew (or you’ll have to get your plumber involved). You might also need to put tile in around the tub. The point is that a tub is one of those purchases that you’ll need extra help to install, so make sure to get referrals and bids.
- Water heater capacity. Do you know how many gallons your water heater holds? Before you buy a tub it’s best to figure this out. The main reason is that you want to make sure your water heater has the capacity to fill your tub with hot water. A fifty or sixty-gallon tub won’t do you much good if you only have a forty-gallon water heater.
- Spa or not? When youbuy a bathtub, you’ll have many options to consider, some of them essential. But one fun decision is whether or not to get a Jacuzzi or whirlpool tub that offers the bubbling jets that will make every bath more enjoyable. There are additional considerations (no bubble bath or other products in the tub or you’ll clog the jets), but you could get a deeper tub and even enjoy lower initial cost in some cases by going this route.
- Tubs run the gamut of costs from a few hundred to a few thousand, depending on what you want, so if you’re on a budget, you’ll simply have to prioritize your wants and needs in order to find the right product. But with a wide range of choices available at shops likeBathtubs Plus, you should be able to get just what you want at a relatively affordable price.