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Renovation Contractor

Replacing Your Bathtub

Your bathtub is among the first things you see when entering your bathroom. It can also be one of the most expensive fixtures to replace. But if your existing tub is starting to look dated or is becoming troublesome it may be purchase that is time to make.
Replacing a bathtub is not an easy undertaking, sometimes it involves replacing and moving some of the existing plumbing to better accommodate a new tub. The process of reworking the plumbing involves cutting into or taking out completely the drywall surrounding the tub in order to reach the pipes that are currently connected to the existing tub. This is not a job for beginners, dealing with the removal of drywall and plumbing requires someone with experience and plumbing know how.
A new bathtub starts at between $200 and $600 for a standard tub while some higher end tubs costing as much as $3,000. The price depends on which type of tub you are interested in purchasing and what if any features you are looking for, such as water jets or a specific type of material used in the tub. Depending on your needs a new tub can be quite an investment.
The installation of a new tub is not something that can typically be done in a weekend. Depending on how much work needs to be done to the plumbing to accommodate the new tub and any damage to the underlying wood and supports it can take up to a week before your tub is properly installed and ready to use. It is not something that can be rushed, and it is important that all of the plumbing connections are done properly to avoid any leaks and water damage.
It may also be a good idea to include any other work you are planning to do to your bathroom at the same time as the tub since the plumbing is going to be worked on anyway. This will avoid having to tear out the walls later if you decide to add a shower or change the one currently installed. By combining the work, it will save you time and money later.
When choosing a contractor to replace your bathtub and any other changes you would like done, it is important to choose one that has a lot of experience and will do the work for a reasonable rate. Don’t be afraid to ask for references, this will allow you the opportunity to hear from past clients on their quality of work and amount of time that it took to complete their job. Be sure to get an estimate stating all the work that they are going to do so that you are not surprised by any added on charges at the completion of your project.
Replacing a bathtub is a great way to increase your home’s value and offers you the chance to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted. Just remember to do your homework and choose a contractor that will help the process not hinder it.…

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Kitchen Remodel

Four Things To Consider When Planning On Replacing Your Bathroom Floor

If you’re thinking of replacing your bathroom floor there are some things to consider while you’re shopping around.
Price
Along with the many different designs and styles of flooring available, there are also a wide variety of prices. The prices range from dollars to thousands of dollars per square foot depending on the material you choose to use. At the lower end of the price scale is linoleum, some tiles and woods. At the higher end of the price line there is granite, marble and some higher end tiles. When choosing your floor it is important to stay within your price range, and to choose something that you can live with for a while, since replacing bathroom floors is not something that a lot people do on a regular basis.
Strength
Many people do not take this into too much consideration when choosing a bathroom floor, but it is important to keep in mind that some of the things used in the bathroom can be heavy and when dropped may cause damage to floor. If you choose a floor that is thin and drop something onto it, the floor may be scratched or broken. When choosing a floor be sure to choose something that can stand up to the test of time and is durable.
Installation
The installation is perhaps the most important step in the whole process. You want to make sure that the floor you chose is properly installed and will not begin to lift of warp. After all a lot of time and money went into finding the perfect floor for your bathroom, you want to be able to enjoy it before problems start to arise from it not being properly installed. To prolong the life of your floor it should be installed by a professional who is experienced in installing the type of floor you are using. Most bathroom layouts are not perfectly square which can cause problems when trying to install the flooring yourself. The majority of floors require special cuts to fit correctly. That is why it is probably wise to choose a professional instead of trying to install the flooring yourself.
Maintenance
Because you are going to have your bathroom floor for years to come, it is important that you are aware of any special care that your floor requires. If, for instance, you chose tile, it is recommended that you reseal the grout every few years to prevent it from staining and cracking. Most types of floors have special instructions that you need to follow once it has been installed to prolong the beauty and longevity. If you follow the instructions for maintaining your floor, there is no reason for it to lose any of its shine or design.A bathroom floor is a choice that requires a lot of thought, you will have to look at it every day so choose something that you will enjoy and will not get tiresome after a few months.…