Bathtub Replacement Cost Guide

Homeowners remodeling their bathrooms are choosing items for their luxury not just their utility, and this means that bathroom remodeling costs can be higher as a result. Adding a large soaking tub or a jetted tub, for example, costs significantly more than a simple stall shower. There’s a wide choice of items in this category, and that’s why the costs vary so much. For materials costs for the bathtub, expect to pay $175 to $10,000 for the tub itself, depending on its features. This bathroom Remodeling Cost Guide will help you estimate your total costs for the project, whether you do it yourself or higher a remodeling contractor for the work.

Affordable Bathtubs

Simple, built-in bathtubs can be very affordable. They are made of fiberglass and fit into a framed opening with plumbing. As you shop, keep in mind which you need, a right-hand or left-hand drain. Most styles are made in both. These come in a variety of styles from simple rectangle, to slightly contoured, to those with a slender oval shape. Most are white or off-white, but colors like almond or light gray might also be available in the style you like. Those products defined as soaking tubs may be a bit deeper, but the term is fairly generic and also refers to a tub without jetted action. For affordable tubs in this category, you’ll find costs from $175-$700.

Expensive Bathtubs

There are a variety of bathtubs that will raise your bath remodeling costs significantly. For example, free-standing soaking tubs are a popular choice in luxury large bathrooms that have the floor space to accommodate them. They are available in white, black, almonds and other colors. The type of faucet and handles you choose will also affect your costs. Most upgraded soaking tub prices are $1,200-$2,500 and there’s a wide range of options, so you should be able to find something you like in your price range.

Specialty tubs such as walk-in tubs that increase the safety of entering and exiting the tub are also fairly expensive. Some are built-in and others are free-standing. Those with jetted water are the most expensive. Look for these items from $3,000-$6,500.

Jetted tubs such as Jacuzzis provide a higher level of luxury that comes with higher prices too. There are many different sizes and designs, with several top manufacturers. The size, shape, type of jetting or other water action will determine the cost. The fixtures you select will affect total prices too. From simple jetted tubs to the most luxurious and expensive on the market, your bath remodeling costs for this item will range from $4,000 to more than $10,000.

DIY Bathtub Installation 

If you’ve gutted your bathroom and framed in a space for a simple acrylic and fiberglass bathtub enclosures, the installation of the tub is quite simple. You nail it in and secure the drain piece through the bottom of the tub and to the plumbing drain. It takes very basic plumbing skills and a few hand tools. Of course, getting all the plumbing in place is a significantly more difficult job. You’ve got to be careful adding the water spigot and handles, with over-tightening being the most common error. This can damage the pipe and lead to an expensive fix. Installing free-standing tubs can also be fairly easy, a DIY project many homeowners would be comfortable with.

Installing jetted tubs is a much more complex task, and even many homeowners who enjoy doing their own work leave this job to the professionals. These units are large, heavy and can be complicated to hook up, requiring power to run the motor, as well as the plumbing.

Professional Bathtub Installation

If you want to see what a remodeling contractor would charge, they will usually provide free estimates, especially if there’s other work you want price quotes for. Get at least 3 estimates from competing contractors to find the lowest prices. This will also give you an opportunity to evaluate the contractors and find one you believe has the competency and skill required. Use the time to ask questions about when they could begin and how long it would take to complete the work.

A soaking tub or a jetted tub is a great addition to any bath. They’re as popular as ever, as homeowners invest more money and time into their homes as a place to relax and unwind. These bathroom remodeling costs will help you put together ballpark numbers for total home remodeling costs.

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