Choosing a tub can be overwhelming when you’re considering all of the different styles, materials, colors and features available in a wide range of price ranges. The key to finding the tub that will best fit your budget, as well as one that will comfortably be using for years to come, is to know what features are important to you and to have these in mind when you start shopping for a bathtub. In many cases, the price you pay for a tub depends on the features you decide to put in it.
Tub size is often the biggest determining factor in the cost of tub installation. The national average for installing a bathtub includes an acrylic depth of at least three feet to accommodate growing children. The most affordable new tubs typically include at least a six-foot deep soaking tub with no hot tub ring, a perforated rim, a built-in seat, and a new drain. The highest price for a bathtub installation tends to be around six feet deep with a new drain and a perforated rim, but you should be able to find a tub in any price range.
If you want more features, such as jets, you will probably need to pay more for the installation. Jet installation can be fairly inexpensive, and you may be able to find low-cost jet kits at home improvement stores. However, jetting requires professional plumbing skills, which can be expensive. You may also want to consider installing jets with the help of a professional plumber. However, if you don’t have this type of experience, you can find inexpensive jet kits online or at local retailers.
Before your bathtub installation begins, you should prepare the area inside the alcove or stall that you are going to install the tub in. For example, if you are putting a hot tub into an alcove with a wall that is made of drywall, you will probably need to remove the drywall in order to work on the drainage system. This process can be completed easily without damaging the drywall by peeling off the paper backing.
When you start the installation process, you will need to identify all plumbing fixtures that will be required during the installation. For example, you will need a drain flange for the new tub, and you will also need a new shower valve, water hook-ups, and any other plumbing fixtures that you feel are necessary. After you have these items identified, you can move on to removing them from their storage boxes. Then you will need to remove the old tub assembly and fit the new one in. Be sure to line the walls and floor with your PVC piping, and make sure to secure it all in place.
Once you have fitted the new assembly into place, you will be left with a nice open area in which to sit and relax. Make sure that you have secured the flooring to the concrete slab, and that you have turned on the main water supply. Bathtub installation costs will vary depending on the amount of detail and work that you want to do, but a good rule of thumb is that installing a hot tub will cost at least twice as much as installing an indoor hot tub. However, this is a big investment, and you will likely enjoy the extra space and comfort that you get for the price that you pay.