Replacing a shower is a great way to spruce up a bathroom space.
You can upgrade an old, worn-out, or leaky shower to a newer shower design or utilize the current shower space for something new like a bathtub or even more cabinet space.
Whatever the reason, replacing a shower can be a great investment, but it is also a serious renovation process that should not be taken lightly.
While the end result has the potential to be fabulous, whenever you’re dealing with renovations, especially in areas with plumbing components, there are a host of challenges you may face.
For a shower replacement, for example, there are three common challenges homeowners will want to think through:
Prepping the Bathroom
Renovations are invasive.
They are messy, they are dirty, and they fully take over a space.
Before a shower replacement can even occur, the bathroom needs to be properly prepped and the space considered under construction. This prep work is not just physically covering areas of the floor or counters to avoid damage during construction, but understanding how things like water and electrical impact the renovation.
For a shower replacement, for example, water needs to be turned off to that part of the house, so proper prepping also includes planning through how something in the bathroom affects the larger home (and the people living in it).
Removing the Old Shower
Before something new can be installed, the old shower needs to be removed and that in itself is an undertaking.
In many situations, a shower is a larger prefabricated piece, so getting it out of the bathroom space will involve demo and maneuvering to remove everything from the house.
Showers are typically made of materials like tile, glass, metal, ceramic, and/or plastic components that are heavy, sharp, and solid. Showers are also one of the wettest places in a house, so things like rust and mold can build up, so safety is an important component to think through as well.
After the shower is removed, you often have to tackle things like the old floor, backslashes, old lighting, etc. as well to fully clear out a space.
Uncovering Issues During the Demo
We cannot tell you how many horror stories we’ve heard of (and witnessed) when an old shower is removed and the space behind it exposed.
Things like floorboards and entire wall sections being rotted out due to a leak that was never addressed, mold and mildew infestation in walls, rusted out pipes, faulty electricity, plumbing that is not to code, etc.
Homeowners going through renovations should always anticipate these issues, but the reality can mean a halt on the current project because these issues need to be addressed ASAP.
This can also drastically add time and costs to your initial project.
When it comes to shower replacements, or anything in your bathroom for that matter, hiring a team of experts is always recommended. Experts like our team at AZ BathMasters.
Bathroom Remodeling Contractors
At AZ BathMasters, we are THE bathroom remodeling contractors in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, and surrounding areas.
Our team of experts has been in this field for over 30 years and we are well-versed in the challenges a new shower replacement might present (as well as the successes). Through careful consultation, prep work, and planning you can trust that our team will make every step count with the highest quality of care and attention to detail taken into consideration.
You are not alone when it comes to your new shower remodel, renovation, or redesign and our team also specializes in full bathroom remodeling, bathtub installation, bathroom conversion, walk-in tubs, and tub and shower wall surrounds.
AZ BathMasters is a locally owned and operated bathroom remodeling company specializing in Cultured Marble Tyvarian shower and tub conversions, walk-in-showers, and tub and shower side-by-sides. Our conversions produce a fresh, clean, and beautiful atmosphere and with over 200 color and design choices we know you will find just what you are looking for.
From a Full bathroom Remodel and Upgrade to a tub or shower conversion, AZ BathMasters Has Got You Covered.