Shower and Tub Enclosures: Doing it right!
A full bathroom remodel, that is tearing out the bathroom completely and starting over, can be a large and involved project. There are many factors that go into the planning and construction, to get the job done right and attain a lasting result. Let’s look at some more detailed information about shower and tub enclosures.
In a full bath, we are dealing with copious amounts of water and plumbing, and you don’t want damage beginning behind the walls, unseen, later becoming a huge problem. It is possible to find a remodeling company in your area with an experienced design team and accomplished craftsman to create and build your new bathroom. It’s in your best interest to know the ins and outs of how they are putting together your tub/shower enclosure.
The proper shower and bath installation:
When talking with your remodeler, some key processes should be happening. Never use thin plastic laminate covers or fiberglass reinforced panel over lays (FRP’s) to go over your existing enclosure. This is only a temporary fix, and is not a viable option that addresses the real issues.
The tub/shower enclosures need to be torn out to the studs, then any damaged studs and mold/mildew need to be addressed. When the enclosure is rebuilt, you want ½” thick concrete backer board, attached to the studs with zinc screws, as they do not rust. You don’t want things like “green board” or regular drywall. They are not water proof, and will not seal and protect properly! Tile adhesive is also very important. Look for a thin set mortar, not something called mastic. Mortar dries completely under your tile and helps against mold/mildew build up. Again, waterproofing is happening here.
Go for quality! Your remodeler should be using a pre-sealed grout, a high quality porcelain tile, and also caulk all joints thoroughly. They should be knowledgeable and able to further explain all this information here, as well as offer at least a 5 year, transferable warranty and satisfaction guarantee.
Plumbing and the rest:
As a smart consumer, find a company that has an experienced team: licensed plumbers, tile setters, licensed electricians, and experienced craftsman. This way, you are in good hands from start to finish. All the details are handled for you with one call. Look to see that they offer solid brass plumbing fittings, name brand bathroom fixtures, and a variety of colors and styles to choose from.
Also remember: if you are starting new, you can add many other different and interesting options, like: grab bars, shower seats, heated floors, shelves, niches, towel bars/rings, new toilets, detailed shower doors and bases, etc. The possibilities are amazing! You can find a reputable company with design professionals to help make your selection easy and seamless.
If you follow these guidelines, you will have a shower/bath enclosure done right. Are you ready to remodel your bathroom? For information, contact Dun-Rite Home Improvements, Inc.
Author: Tracy Dibonas