If your bathroom is in need of a makeover, you need to decide if you want to replace your bathtub, and if so, what kind of tub you want to replace it with. A freestanding bathtub is a charming alternative that lends a vintage touch to practically any style of bathroom.
Freestanding tubs also give you a little flexibility when you're placing the tub. You don't have to place it along the wall like a built-in tub, but it does need to be in close proximity to your plumbing connections. There's still a bit of leeway regarding the angle and position of the tub, and you may place it in the middle of the bathroom if desired.
Another benefit of a freestanding bathtub is that you can install the tub yourself. Keep these tips in mind before and during the installation process.
1. See That Your Floor Can Support the Weight of the Tub
Before you pick out your new bathtub, you need to do a little research into how much weight your floor can support. Freestanding tubs can be a little on the heavy side, and once you add water, this increases the weight even more. A contractor can give information about the weight capacity of your floors.
Most modern homes have floors that will support the weight of a freestanding tub. However, if your home is old or if you've had previous issues with your flooring, they may need to be reinforced to properly support a heavier bathtub.
2. Make Sure That Your Floor is Level
Next, you need to check that your floor is level. Otherwise, when you fill your freestanding tub, you'll have a shallow end and a deep end. You can use a level to determine if your floors are even.
If you find that your floors aren't level, you may need to remove a section of the flooring and fix whatever issue is causing your floors to be uneven. Common causes of uneven floors include damaged subflooring, termites, and foundation issues.
3. Decide What Hardware You Want for the Tub
You need to decide what kind of hardware you want for the tub so that you can purchase all of the supplies and plumbing fittings for the installation process. Every freestanding tub needs a faucet and drain, but you also have the option to add a shower head to your tub. If you decide to install a shower head, you may want to install the tub near a wall so that you have a spot to mount the showering apparatus.
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20 February 2020
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