A shower may be the fastest way to get clean when you are in a hurry, but if you want a bit more relaxation, nothing beats soaking the stress away in a bathtub. If your tub has seen better days and is far from conjuring up visions of tranquility, it may be time to consider a replacement tub.

With any home improvement project, there are numerous decisions that must be made ahead of time to avoid issues down the road. With proper planning and organization, homeowners can find the replacement tub that matches their needs, taste, and budget.

Choosing the Right Tub

When installing a replacement tub, there are many types to choose from. Each type of tub has its own functions and benefits. When choosing a tub type, it is best to keep in mind the layout of the bathroom, your needs, and project budget.

  • Three-wall alcove tub – Tub-shower combos are the most popular tub type and are designed to offer homeowners maximum space. Alcove tubs are usually pushed against the wall and have a finished front for a clean look. A wall-mounted shower accompanies the tub.
  • Drop-in tub – This type of tub is a shell that is dropped into a framed enclosure. Typically the enclosures are finished to match the existing cabinetry in the bathroom and offer homeowners extra storage. When planning your budget, if you select a drop-in tub, it’s important to note that the enclosure is not included in the price and should be planned for accordingly.
  • Undermount tubs – Much like an undermount sink, an undermount tub is meant to be dropped into the floor to create a smooth transition from the floor to tub. The lip of these floor-level tubs is covered with some type of flooring such as tiles for a clean, seamless finish.  
  • Corner tub – A corner tub is a variation of a drop-in tub or an alcove tub depending on what the homeowner wants. The tubs are considerably large and often designed for more than one occupant. 
  • Freestanding tub – A freestanding tub stands away from any wall and sits on a solid base or on claw feet. These tubs are usually shaped like a cradle or have a high back to support the neck and head.

Replacement Tub Features to Consider

When installing a replacement tub, there is more to consider than just the type of tub you want. With numerous accessories and enhancements, homeowners can create a truly customized replacement tub. A few options to consider include,

  • Jets and Bubbles
  • Chromatherapy
  • Music
  • Digital Controls
  • ADA-Compliant Handrails and Built-in Seating

Remodeling Company

For a spectacular replacement tub, it’s best to hire a trained expert who will produce superior results. Trusted Home Professionals works with licensed contractors who have the skill and knowledge to deliver expert craftsmanship. To start receiving free quotes on your bathtub replacement from licensed contractors in your area, complete the online request form today.

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