Cost of Installing a New Bath
Bath tub replacement advice and prices
Usually, the bathtub is replaced at the same time as the rest of the bathroom furniture as a set, but sometimes the bath will need replacing sooner than the basin or toilet due to leaking or damage and the budget may not be available to refit the entire bathroom at the same time. Bathtubs come in various shapes and sizes and are made from various materials. The cheapest type of baths are rectangular baths made from acrylic, which are often sold as a set with a matching basin and toilet. Acrylic bathtubs can be sturdy, but the cheaper ones are almost always thin and easily damaged. Steel baths are far more sturdy and cast iron baths are by far the most preferable, however, they cost considerably more than almost any other type of bath.
Average Costs for Having a New Bath Installed
Things to consider when replacing a bath
The bath is probably the biggest and most expensive piece of furniture you’ll install in your bathroom – so it’s crucial that you get it right! Starting with the easy, practical stuff, make sure you know exactly how much space you have available for your bath. But even if you have plenty of room, remember that a bigger bath will take longer to fill and won’t stay as hot for as long. That being said, you definitely want the bath big enough to stretch out in if at all possible, but not so big that some may struggle to get in or out! Once you have decided on the size, next you have to choose the style. There are many styles and types to choose from including an alcove-style tub, the classic claw-footed free-standing tub, a drop-in or under-mounted bath. You should easily be able to find your design in a colour that matches your bathroom, or of course, you could restyle your bathroom around your new tub! Finally, there are probably more options for bathtub material than you knew.
Acrylic tubs are popular because they’re cheap and easy to install, whereas enamelled cast iron or porcelain tubs are strong and sturdy classics (but are heavy and may require underfloor support). You can also get tubs made from cultured marble, fibreglass, brass, granite and steel – each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Whatever style, size and material you choose, don’t be tempted by the cheapest price, there are lots of good deals available but make sure you’re getting a bath that’s high-quality enough to last for many years. That ideal bathtub is out there, but it may take some time to find! Another important choice is the cost of removing the existing bath and disposing of the waste, depending on the type of bath and the fixtures, there may be scrap value to them, but if not, check with your tradesman about waste disposal.
Doing it Yourself
One of the biggest decisions you need to make when it comes to a bath upgrade is whether you will do the job yourself, or hire a tradesman. Unless you are well versed with plumbing and tiling, finding a local expert may be the best bet. An expert installation offers a number of advantages such as a single price for the job covering all aspects of the installation agreed up front, plus peace of mind knowing that an expert will be doing the job properly for you!
But if you really want to do the job yourself to save some cash, then ensure you use a cable/pipe/stud detector to find safe and secure fixing points, ensure the taps you choose are compatible when ordering a bath, and remember to isolate the water supply before you start! Try and choose a bath that is similar to the old tub so you can use the existing pipework and there is less plumbing work to do and less chance of leaks afterwards! Finally, always ask a qualified electrician whether or not the bonding and earthing arrangements in your bathroom will need to be improved when you remove the old bath for safety reasons.
Getting a new bath checklist
- Bath prices vary considerably depending on size, design and the material
- Baths are generally the most expensive fitting for your bathroom
- If you have a separate shower you can indulge in a bath which is more stylish than functional
- Free-standing baths are incredibly popular but you do need plenty of space
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Bath or a shower?
I need a bath removed and a shower cubicle fitted and some tiling on the wall and floor tiles.
Submitted by Gary
Small shower room and toilet need a complete revamp with easy to get in the shower.
Submitted by Margaret
Looking to install a shower on to the bath. Installation of the floor and wall tiles.
Submitted by Harry
Mechanical ventilation to be installed within the bathroom.
Submitted by Nadir
I would like a walk in bath with door, new toilet and new vanitory unit with cupboard under.