Convert Fiberglass Tub To Walk-In Shower

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Transform your bathroom with EZ Bath's guide on converting a fiberglass tub to a modern walk-in shower, enhancing both style and accessibility.

Explanation of walk-in shower conversions

One popular option to update a bathroom is a walk-in shower conversion. This renovation involves removing a bathtub and replacing it with a spacious, easy-to-access shower. A walk-in shower provides increased bathroom safety, convenience, and style.

Importance of selecting the suitable materials and fixtures

When it comes to walk-in shower conversions, choosing appropriate materials and fixtures is crucial. A new shower will be used extensively throughout the years, so choosing durable, easy-to-maintain, and visually appealing materials is essential. In addition, selecting the right fixtures, such as showerheads and faucets, can enhance the overall showering experience.

Overview of the article's content

This article will explore converting a fiberglass tub into a walk-in shower. It will cover the cost of the conversion, the benefits of making the switch, and how to select suitable materials and fixtures. Finally, this article will highlight the advantages of using the Onyx Collection, Delta Faucets, and BCI Acrylic in a walk-in shower renovation.

Can a fiberglass tub be converted into a walk-in shower?

One of the most common questions about walk-in shower conversions is whether they can convert a fiberglass tub to a walk-in shower. The answer is yes - converting a fiberglass tub is the most popular type of walk-in shower conversion.

Converting a fiberglass tub to a walk-in shower typically involves removing the tub, adjusting the plumbing, and installing a shower base and walls. A solid surface acrylic-based product like Onyx Collection for the shower walls and BCI Acrylic wall panels for the wall surround can ensure that a walk-in shower will be durable, easy to maintain, and visually appealing.

Converting a fiberglass tub to a walk-in shower is a wise investment to make a bathroom more accessible, safe, and stylish. In the next section, this post will cover the cost of this type of renovation.

How much does converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower cost?

The cost of converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower can vary widely depending on multiple variables, including the size and complexity of the project, the materials used, and the geographic location. Expect to pay between $11,000 and $16,000 for a basic tub-to-shower conversion. However, the cost could be significantly higher for a more luxurious walk-in shower with custom features like multiple showerheads or built-in seating.

It is essential to remember that a walk-in shower conversion can be a worthwhile investment in a home. Not only can it increase the enjoyment of a bathroom, but it can also add value. According to the National Association of Realtors,  a walk-in shower can increase a home's resale value by an average of $2,500.

If concerned about the cost of a walk-in shower conversion, there are ways to keep expenses down. A prefabricated shower base instead of a custom one, or choose more affordable fixtures like Delta Faucets instead of high-end options.

The following section will explore whether a tub-to-shower conversion is worth the investment.

Is a tub-to-shower conversion worth it?

Of course, the answer depends on needs and preferences, but a walk-in shower conversion is a smart choice for many homeowners.

One of the primary benefits of a walk-in shower is improved accessibility. With a low threshold, walk-in showers are more accessible to enter and exit than traditional bathtubs. Easy accessibility can be crucial for seniors or individuals with mobility issues. In addition, walk-in showers can be customized with features like built-in seating or grab bars to enhance safety and comfort.

Another advantage of a walk-in shower is that it can make a bathroom feel more spacious and modern. In addition, walk-in showers come in various styles and sizes, be sure to choose one that complements the home.

Overall, a tub-to-shower conversion can be a worthwhile investment to improve the quality of life and increase the home's value. The following section will explore whether converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower is a good idea.

Is replacing a tub with a walk-in shower a good idea?

The answer depends on several factors, including personal preferences and lifestyle.

One factor to consider is the resale value. While walk-in showers are becoming increasingly popular, some home buyers may prefer a bathtub in at least one bathroom. Therefore, it is best to keep a bathtub if planning to sell the home soon.

However, a walk-in shower can be a wise investment if planning to stay home long-term. Walk-in showers can make a bathroom feel more spacious and modern and improve accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. In addition, walk-in showers can be customized with features like multiple showerheads or built-in seating for a luxurious bathing experience.

Onyx Collection and BCI Acrylic wall panels are excellent choices when selecting materials for a walk-in shower. Onyx Collection shower bases are durable, non-porous materials that are easy to clean and maintain. BCI Acrylic wall panels are easy to clean and install quickly and efficiently.

The following section will explore whether it is possible to tile over a fiberglass shower.

Is it possible to tile over a fiberglass shower?

The answer is that installing tile over a fiberglass shower surround is possible in a few cases.

However, before an attempt to tile over a fiberglass shower, it is vital to ensure the surface is clean and smooth. Any bumps or irregularities in the surface could cause the tiles to crack or shift over time. In addition, It is best to use the correct type of adhesive and grout.

While it is possible to tile over a fiberglass shower, there are better options. It may be more cost-effective and efficient to replace the fiberglass walls with BCI Acrylic wall panels. These panels install quickly and come in various colors and styles to suit anyone's preference.

In the next section, we will explore which option is cheaper, a walk-in tub or a walk-in shower.

VII. Which is cheaper, a walk-in tub or a walk-in shower?

The installation's size and complexity impact the answer to this question, along with the materials used and any additional features or accessories.

On average, a basic walk-in shower installation will be less expensive than a walk-in tub. However, walk-in tubs typically require more plumbing work and installation time and may also require electrical modifications. In addition, walk-in tubs are often more expensive than traditional bathtubs, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 or more.

However, the walk-in shower or tub cost can vary widely depending on the materials used and any additional features or accessories. For example, if choosing a high-end showerhead or a custom shower enclosure, the cost of a walk-in shower could be significantly higher. Similarly, selecting a walk-in tub with multiple jets and high-end features could cost much more than a basic model.

Ultimately, the best way to determine the cost of a walk-in shower or walk-in tub is to consult a professional contractor or remodeling company. They can provide a detailed estimate based on specific needs and preferences.

VIII. Is fiberglass or acrylic better for a walk-in shower?

If planning a walk-in shower renovation, there will need to be a decision on whether to use fiberglass or acrylic for the shower base and walls. Both materials have advantages and disadvantages, so weighing the options carefully is essential.

Fiberglass is a common choice for shower bases and walls because it is relatively affordable and easy to install. However, fiberglass can be prone to cracking and discoloration over time, and a minimal manufacturer's warranty.

Acrylic, on the other hand, is a durable and long-lasting material resistant to cracking and fading. It is also non-porous, making it easy to clean and maintain. BCI Acrylic wall panels, for example, are made from high-quality acrylic that can be installed quickly and efficiently and comes in various colors and patterns to suit anyone's preferences.

While fiberglass and acrylic are viable options for walk-in shower renovations, acrylic may be the better choice for homeowners looking for a durable, low-maintenance solution.

In conclusion, a walk-in shower conversion can be an intelligent investment for homeowners looking to update their bathrooms and improve their quality of life. Select suitable materials and fixtures, such as Onyx Collection shower bases, Delta Faucets, and BCI Acrylic wall panels, to ensure a stylish and functional new walk-in shower. Whether choosing fiberglass or acrylic for a shower base and walls, weigh all options carefully and select the best materials for existing needs and budget. Contact us to learn more about walk-in shower conversions and to schedule a consultation.

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Mitchell Clay

Proud father and husband. A big comic book nerd and sweets are my kryptonite. I fell in love with the remodeling industry in 2008 and it's held a tight grip on me ever since.

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