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Thinking About a New Bathtub? Here’s Why It Might Be Time to Replace It

Thinking About a New Bathtub? Here’s Why It Might Be Time to Replace It

A bathtub is both functional and decorative. It’s an essential part of our daily routine and is the focal point for your bathroom décor. If you’re looking to refresh your bathroom, you’re probably considering a bathtub replacement. 

Before you begin, there are a number of factors to consider. You’ll want to ask yourself, how much space do you have? What style are you looking for? And, who will be using it? 

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ll help guide you through the decision process.

Signs You’re Ready for a Bathtub Replacement

Since a bathtub is the centrepiece of your bathroom, you want to make sure it’s both functional and well-designed. If your current bathtub is coming up short on both aspects, it’s probably time for a tub replacement. Here are some other reasons to consider replacing your bathtub:  

Functional Issues 

If your bathtub is chipped, cracked, has a broken faucet, is leaking or if there are constant plumbing issues, it’s probably time to consider installing a new tub.  

Staying on Trend 
Like fashion trends, home décor trends change swiftly with each passing year. If you don’t like the look of your bathtub, it may be time for a change.  

Renovation Project 
If there are other outdated or broken fixtures that need to be addressed, a full-scale bathroom renovation that includes installing a new bathtub is the perfect opportunity to update your tub. 

If you’ve just moved into a new home, you may want to renovate the bathroom and get a new bathtub to refresh the space. On the other hand, if you plan on selling you may also want to consider a tub replacement to raise the value and aesthetics of your home.  

Addressing Needs 
If your household has older adults or persons with mobility issues, you may need a new, specialized bathtub with features like handrails or seating for better functionality. 
For some, a relaxing soak is key to their beauty or self-care rituals. You may want to update and replace your bathtub with one that has spa features to elevate that experience.

Key Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a New Bathtub

Before purchasing a new bathtub, it’s important to evaluate your existing space and consider the features and fixtures that best fit your needs.

Amount of Space Available

One of the most important steps before installing a new tub is to measure your bathroom and the bathtub alcove to ensure you purchase a tub that fits. Depending on the amount of space you have, you may be able to upgrade to a larger tub to fit your needs. Or you may find that a new configuration altogether allows you to install your dream bathtub.

Location of Plumbing

Before installing a new bathtub, check the plumbing to ensure the drains match up. For example, if the drain opening is on the right side you will need a bathtub that has a right-side drain.

Take Style into Account

Contemporary tubs come with a number of new features and have varying shapes and styles. Take a look at the different types of tubs available to see what style works best for you, or learn more about bathtubs in our .

Other Factors to Consider

Whether you’re renovating, changing the décor or just updating your tub, you should also consider the following features: 

Material 
The most popular bathtub materials are porcelain, fibreglass, acrylic and cast iron. Each has its own benefits, aesthetics and price points, so the material you choose depends on your needs, taste and budget.

Comfort Features 

If you love to unwind at the end of the day with a luxurious soak, you may also want to consider features like headrests, arm rests, comfortable seating and spa jets.  

Shelving 
Depending on your routine, you may also want to ensure the bathtub has enough space or shelving to hold soap, shampoo, face cloths and other bath essentials. 

Faucet Style 
The faucet you choose will depend on the configuration of your tub and existing faucet. However, there are still different styles to browse that range from classic to contemporary to complement your new bathtub.  

Weight 
Before installing a new bathtub, it’s important to confirm that your bathroom flooring can withstand the weight of the tub you’re considering.  

Finishing Touches 
There are a few finishing touches that also need to be considered. Would you prefer that the walls surrounding the bathtub are tiled, prefabricated walls or something different? Will the bathtub have a door for showering or is a curtain preferred?

Installing a New Tub

Once you find a tub that meets your needs you can start the installation process. The following is a simplified version of the steps involved in installing a new bathtub to help give you a general idea of how you can do-it-yourself.

Prep the Space

Before starting, shut off the water to the bathroom and/or the entire house. You may also need to remove the toilet, sink or other fixtures if they are in the way.

Remove and Disconnect Drain Lines

Unscrew the overflow valve cover plate and pull out any drain assembly. Disconnect the drain flange using a tub drain extractor. Remove the tub spout, then disconnect the waste and overflow unit from underneath the tub. 

Tub drains are not always the same, so these steps may vary depending on your bathtub.

Removing the Tub

Removing a bathtub is a two-step process. Be sure to wear eye protection and have a helper present for safety. 

First, remove any surrounding tiling, dry wall and trim, caulk and moulding before prying the bathtub away from the wall. Next, have one person lift up one end of the tub while the other slides a 2x4 plank underneath to keep it raised. Repeat on the other side, then slide the bathtub out using the 2x4s as skids.

Install the Plumbing

The overflow and drain flange need to be installed before the new bathtub is situated. The plumbing installation depends on the type of bathtub, so it’s important to read the manufacturer’s instructions and contact a professional if help is required.

Secure Tub in Place

Once the plumbing is connected, slide the new tub into place and gently lower the tub. Ensure the bathtub is level, then attach it to the wall on all sides.

Install Tiles or Prefab Wall

Complete the process by finishing the wall where the tub was removed. You have a few options, including: 
  • Finishing the wall with drywall and paint 
  • Adding tile to the dry wall 
  • Installing a prefabricated wall
Always be sure to have a helper on hand and consult with a professional if you’re unsure of the steps that need to be taken when installing a new bathtub. Take a look at the different types of tubs we have available to inspire your bathroom renovation project.
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