Bathtub Installation Prices vary widely depending on the size and material of the tub you choose. Most bathtub installation costs are low for acrylic tubs because they are made of a thinner material, which increases their light weight and lessening the distance they must be installed to provide enough room for the top of the tub. However, it is important to note that installing an acrylic bathtub will require more work than installing a cast iron bathtub. For this reason, most people who are planning on installing an acrylic bathtub prefer to install it in a basement area, where there is little or no foot traffic and lots of room. It is also more difficult to have an acrylic bathtub repaired than a cast iron one, because repairing acrylic bathtubs require stronger materials, such as acrylic sheeting, which requires more work to repair than repairing a cast iron bathtub.
Most bathtub installation will include the basics: the bathtub, the acrylic liner, the cast iron running gear and the flange. The bathtub itself is relatively easy to install. There are bathtub kits available that include the materials needed to build a bathtub – the bathtub frame, the bathtub rim, the acrylic liner, and the cast iron running gear. However, you should also consider additional pieces such as the flange, which is the topmost surface of the tub. You can purchase acrylic or fiberglass flange from most home improvement stores; fiberglass is usually cheaper, although it takes longer to install because it is easier to shape.
Cast iron bathtubs are usually more expensive than acrylic or fiberglass. Your average price range for this type of bathtub installation will range from around two hundred to three hundred dollars. Because they take longer to install, you may also be required to add deck space to your home in order to fit them. If so, your total average price will likely be closer to four hundred dollars.
When choosing a plumber to do your bathroom installation, you need to be very careful to choose the right one. Look for licensed plumbers – make sure that the one you plan to hire has a license and that they use the proper type of plumbing tools. Most plumbing problems can be fixed by using simple home-repair tools that most plumbers have on hand. However, if you have any questions about your bathtub installation, don’t hesitate to ask the plumber questions until you’re sure that he/she understands exactly what you need to be done.
Other bathtub installation jobs require more precise skills. For instance, a floating glass door must be fastened to its wall with screws, not glue. Even though it sounds more complicated, it’s actually quite simple. A standard four-inch corner post holes are drilled into the face of the door, then the corners are glued into recesses located within the corners of the door. The door is screwed into the frame with brad nails, and the edges of the new frame are sanded to match the edges of the old frame. Once the edges are smooth, it’s time to install the trim panels.
This bathtub installation process is pretty easy if all goes well, but there are a few potential problems. One common problem with floating doors is that some homeowners discover that they don’t fit properly when the doors are closed. Also, older bathtubs aren’t always strong enough to support the weight of a full-sized bathtub, so some professionals will suggest putting a second door on top of the bathtub to support the extra weight. If this idea doesn’t work for you, then another option is to simply use a bathtub drain. However, most homeowners are hesitant to have a bathtub drain installed because it seems such an extravagant, unnecessary addition to their home. If you think this can’t be done, then the best solution is to contact a professional bathtub installation company in your area.