When it comes to installing the perfect tub for your home it’s more than just cost that needs to be factored in.
If you’re redoing an existing bathroom your current plumbing should be taken in account before buying a new tub or shower. If you are planning to go from a regular tub or shower/tub combo to something like a Jacuzzi tub or In-Ground tub you may need to have some of the plumbing re-ran to accommodate the new fixture.
Regardless if it’s a new build or existing bathroom the three most important things to look out for when considering a new bathtub or shower is the size, weight, and depth/water capacity. If you have the funds to rework plumbing or add additional support under your bathroom to hold your new tub than the sky is the limit. But if not, it’s important to know what is normal/expected for a bathtub and what may cause you future problems. The average tub is 60 inches long and 32 inches wide, can hold 20 gallons of water, totaling 170 pounds filled with water.
Shower or tub – which is the better option?
Now lets get into the pros and cons of popular types of showers and tubs. Jacuzzi tubs can cost on average between $800-$2,000 depending on the size, type, and installation requirements of the tub. This type of tub is extremely popular for people looking to upgrade their bathroom. Unfortunately it has it’s downsides. Jacuzzi tubs and oversized tubs generally have a lot of weight. Because of this, they may need extra support if not on a ground level bathroom. They may also need reworked plumbing to accommodate their large sizes and modern shapes. Oversized tubs tend to be rather opulent and are generally made of more expensive and sometimes heavier materials. They can range from $1,000- $4,000 depending on the size, materials, and installation. In-ground tubs or inset tubs are a new trend that we have seen pop up more frequently. They have a very modern look and are perfect for those who may have trouble entering a normal tub. However, this type of tub will need a lot of room and support under your bathroom floor to accommodate it.