DIY Vs. Professional Tub-To-Shower Conversions

May 31, 2024

Is A DIY Tub-To-Shower Conversion For
Your Santa Ana Home A Good Idea?

Learn Why Hiring A Bath Remodeling
Specialist Is The Better Option

There are many reasons you may want to change out your bathtub for a stunning, new shower. Whether it’s a need for greater accessibility and safety or a desire to remove a tub you barely use, a tub-to-shower conversion in Santa Ana can completely transform your bathroom.

For many homeowners, saving money is always a top priority, which brings up the question of whether a DIY project is the right option for this kind of project. The short answer is that it’s usually in your best interest to work with a professional.

Converting your bathtub to a shower can be a complex process, and if you don’t have the experience or knowledge needed to complete the job, a lot of things can go wrong. Here’s a look at the top reasons why hiring a bath remodeling specialist is the best option when getting a bathroom remodel.

A DIY Tub-To-Shower Conversion Can Cost More

While that may not sound right at first, it’s true. Sure, you’ll save money upfront by not paying a professional to do the work. You might even get a deal on a new shower system at the local hardware store. But that’s typically where the savings end.

What many DIYers don’t expect when completing a tub-to-shower conversion is finding underlying damage when they remove the bath system. These problems can include rotting subflooring, water damage, termite damage, and leaking plumbing. If they’re not corrected before the new shower is installed, the new shower will fail.

In addition, many shower systems available at hardware or home improvement stores aren’t the best quality. Over a short period, they’ll begin to wear down quickly. Because they’re not made from premium materials, they’re prone to stains, cracking, and chipping.

Either situation can result in a complete overhaul of the bath remodel, which significantly increases the costs. Not to mention, you may end up needing to hire a professional to fix the problems. Choosing a professional from the start will save money and prevent headaches.

A Bath Remodeling Specialist Has More Options

A DIY project often offers the freedom to choose whatever you want for your design. It’s a great way to truly customize your tub-to-shower conversion and bring your vision to life. However, you may find your options are limited.

For instance, many of the selections for new showers at home improvement stores are run-of-the-mill, standard options that you’ll find in just about anyone’s house. While you may find something nice that suits your needs, it generally won’t be spectacular.

In addition, if you have a challenging space to accommodate, it may be nearly impossible to find the ideal shower system to complete your tub-to-shower conversion.

At Shugarman’s Bath, we don’t believe in offering one-size-fits-all bath and shower systems to our customers. Instead, we can customize your new shower to fit any odd shape you may have in your bath area. We also offer bases in a wide array of shapes, including rectangles and trapezoids.

A DIY Bathtub-To-Shower Conversion Can Take Forever

Many homeowners choose DIY projects because you can work at your own pace and pick up new skills along the way. When you’re done, you’ll have an overwhelming sense of accomplishment from your success.

Unfortunately, bath remodels aren’t usually something you can take your time on, especially when you only have one bathroom in your home. The process of a tub-to-shower conversion is rarely as simple as removing the existing bathtub and inserting the new shower.

While underlying damage isn’t a given, it is critical to complete a thorough inspection to identify any damage and fully repair it before moving on to the installation. Without the proper knowledge and experience, this step could take a lot longer than expected, adding extensive delays to your project.

Another consideration is whether the plumbing and drainage systems will need to be adjusted. Not only can these changes slow your project considerably, but they can also result in major damage and complications in your finished product.

On the other hand, when we complete a tub-to-shower conversion, we’re typically done in as little as 1 – 2 days. This includes tearing everything down to the studs to find and fix any underlying damage and modifying the plumbing and drainage.

A DIY Bath Remodel Could Hurt Your Resale Value

If you plan to sell your Orange County home, you should also consider the potential impacts of any DIY project on its resale value. Many homeowners are not experts, which leaves room for mistakes in the execution of the project.

Discerning homebuyers look closely and are better than sellers give them credit for at distinguishing between professional work and DIY projects. Uneven lines, poorly placed accessories, and lower-quality products could leave a poor impression. 

Many buyers aren’t interested in completing renovations right after purchasing their new home, which could lead to yours sitting unsold much longer than you’d like.

At Shugarman’s Bath, we’re dedicated to delivering showroom-quality results. Between our premium products and meticulous installations, you’re guaranteed an exceptional result when you choose our team for your bath remodel.

So, when you’re ready for a tub-to-shower conversion in your Santa Ana home, don’t take the risk with a DIY project. Call Shugarman’s Bath at (619) 332-2220 to schedule a free quote.