Tub to Shower Prices and Other Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re new to tub to walk in shower conversions, you probably have many questions. To facilitate your investigation process, we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) regarding them. This is perhaps the fastest way to get you up to speed and comfortable with the concept.
How much does a tub to walk-in shower conversion cost?
Local costs for converting fiberglass bathtubs to a walk-in shower start around $900. Steel tubs run slightly more, while cast iron tubs are priced the highest. Of course, there are other variants in our cost algorithm; e.g. where is the tub located? nearby or in Erie, PA? Are there shower doors, a toilet or vanity that needs to be removed in order to make the cut, etc.?
Since we can normally get a sense of your situation from a picture, we’ll generally ask you to text us photos of your bathtub. This helps us give you an accurate estimate. See Photo Estimating Pics.
What is a walk/step-thru insert?
The step-thru is an elongated u-shape piece of tough, durable ¼” thick acrylic material. It is custom-fitted and placed over an opening that we cut out from the side of your existing tub. Our standard walk in shower opening is 24“ wide and generally yields a step in of approximately 5"-7”.
How high will my step-in be?
Our standard inserts reduce the step in by 8 inches. To determine how high your step in will be, measure 8 inches down on the outside wall of your tub. With a Sharpie or a strip of masking tape, mark this point. This mark represents the height of the step for your tub.
On most fiberglass tubs, a custom insert can be made to even go lower. For these situations, it is best to contact us and discuss your tub.
Does it leak?
No, since we do not cut down to the floor of your tub. Our process leaves a small (2”-3”) lip on tub’s inside wall. With the shower curtain extending below this lip, both the shower spray and run-off water are contained within the confines of your tub.
How long does a tub to shower conversion take?
Depending on your tub’s composition (fiberglass, steel or cast iron) and other factors (e.g. removal of shower doors, caulk, fixtures, etc.), our bathtub conversions usually take less than a half day. You can shower within in 24 hours or bathe (door models) in 48 hrs.
Can you convert cast iron bathtubs?
Except for garden, Jacuzzi and old-fashioned claw-foot tubs, most bathtubs (within a 3-wall alcove/ niche) can be converted into walk-in showers. We also convert cast iron tubs with liners (i.e. Re-Bath®, Bath Fitter®, lined etc.).
How can I determine whether my bathtub is cast iron?
Bathtubs installed prior to the 1960’s are more likely to be cast iron. Cast iron and some steel tubs generally have porcelain coatings. I can usually determine whether your tub is steel or cast from a picture. See our Photo Gallery tab.
Can we have glass shower doors installed after our installation?
We don’t install glass shower doors on our converted units, nor do we advise seniors to have them. But if you decide that you want them, there are area glass specialists who are willing to oblige. FYI, I’ve had clients install doors only to have them removed years later because they interfered with the caregiver’s bathing the senior
Does the step-in insert have to be centered on the tub?
No. When practical, we advise the client to place their opening towards the faucet end of the tub. Having it here, allows room for a bath chair (or bench) in the rear of the tub should they eventually need one. In the end, either the homeowner or the bathroom layout determines where the placement will be made.
Do tub to shower conversions qualify for Medicare?
Unfortunately, tub to shower conversions fall into the category of remodeling, so Medicare will not reimburse. If you itemize taxes however, check with you tax preparer.
From here, the avenues of assistance are limited. First seniors should check with their local depart-ment on aging and the United Way. Also, veterans (and their spouses) who served* during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. conflicts should contact the VA for possible funding. (*served, not necessarily in combat).
Where's the tub door?
Our core business is tub to shower conversions. Occasionally we incur multi-generational families (and “spry” spouses) preferring a bathe. For these clients we have models that provide for bathing. See Tub to Shower Conversions with Bathing Options.
Will a walk-in shower conversion affect my home resale value?
For us, this is always a disturbing question, since the same could be asked if you were to do a complete remodel. When it comes time to sell the home, we suggest that the realtor put into the sales agreement “Owner willing to restore bathtub to bathing” (and maybe even post a note to that affect in the bathroom). See next FAQ.
Is the conversion process reversible?
Most steel and cast iron tub installations can be restored back to original bathtub condition. This is achieved by removing the step insert and installing either a tub liner or a convertible insert. Likewise, some vendor inserts offer an after-market panel that allows for bathing.
Mobile and manufactured home considerations
We have converted hundreds of tubs in mobile and manufactured homes. In both types of structures, we usually find conventional types of tub with much lower aprons (outer walls). Because of this, mobile home shower conversions generally end up with tub step-ins of from 4” to 6”.
What is your experience?
We have been doing bathtub to shower conversions since 2005. We are an insured family business with A+ accreditation through Google, the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s list. I joined my father in 2010 and he now assists me. We treat every job and client as though we are doing it for a family member. See About Us page.
Are your services available near me?
Our tub to shower conversion service area extends within a 60-mile radius of Cleveland, Ohio. However, we have satisfied clients in the Sandusky, Warren, Wooster, Youngstown, Erie and western PA communities. If you live outside these areas, please complete our Contact Us page and we can put you in touch with an installer in your area.
What's the warranty on walk-in showers?
Our step inserts are warranted for 5 yrs., labor (caulk) 2 yrs.; call for details. (FIY in 13 yrs. of installing, no one has yet to file a claim).
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