Bathroom Remodeling: DIY vs. Hiring a Pro to Build a Walk-In Shower
Ideally, your bathroom design should reflect your lifestyle. If you prefer the convenience of a quick shower over a time-consuming bath, a tub-to-shower conversion might be the right bathroom remodeling project for you. Converting an unused bathtub to a luxurious walk-in shower will not only enhance the beauty and functionality of your bathroom, but also increase the value of your home.
Of course, building a walk-in shower will provide many benefits—but it is also a fairly extensive bathroom renovation. If you’re wondering whether this is a DIY project or one that is best left to a professional bathroom remodeler, here are some factors to consider:
Your Skill Level
A tub-to-shower conversion may be a viable DIY option if you are comfortable working with plumbing and framing walls. For instance, you’ll need the skills and expertise to:
- Remove walls to access the plumbing system
- Apply waterproof sheeting to walls and floors
- Rebuild walls will moisture-resistant drywall
- Install a drain
- Pour mortar to build a shower pan
- Relocate plumbing pipes, if necessary
- Cover the shower walls with a waterproof material
Your Familiarity With Building Codes
Did you know that your new shower will need to be built in accordance with certain building codes, which vary by locality? For instance, there must be adequate space—a minimum of 30 inches—between bathroom fixtures. Additionally, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) suggests a minimum size of 36 inches by 36 inches for a walk-in shower. What’s more, to create the necessary drainage slope for a barrier-free shower, you’ll need to raise the level of the surrounding floor or lower the shower pan. The latter may require a permit from your city’s building department.
Professional bathroom remodelers are well-versed in these requirements. If you’re going to go it alone, you’ll need to become familiar with them, too.
The Warranty Coverage
Many manufacturers honor their warranties only on products installed by a certified professional. This is an important consideration because repairing or replacing a walk-in shower can be a costly endeavor.
If you’ve concluded that hiring a professional bathroom remodeling company is the right decision for you, entrust your project to BathWraps! We can complete a tub-to-shower conversion in as little as one day, and we will guarantee it for as long as you own your current home.
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