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Why We Tear The Shower Area Down To The Studs

June 7, 2024

Shower Remodeling In Mission Viejo: The
Importance Of Tearing The Shower
Area Down To The Studs

The Key To An Amazing
Shower Remodel Lies
In The Process


When planning shower remodeling in Mission Viejo, it can be all too easy to overlook the finer details of the process. After all, you’re hiring a professional for one important reason – to take care of all the steps for you.

One of the most important steps in the shower remodel process is tearing the wet area of the bathroom down to the studs. Unfortunately, not all bathroom remodelers follow the process to the letter, which could spell trouble for you within a few short years.

Incidentally, many homeowners don’t know to ask because they’re unsure of what these terms mean. The wet area is where the shower or bathtub is located in the bathroom. The studs can be described as the support structure within the walls of your home, much like a skeleton.

At Shugarman’s Bath, we always tear every project down to the studs. This guarantees we can deliver showroom-quality results for your shower remodel. Here’s a look at why your bathroom remodeler can’t skip this essential step.


Identify And Repair Structural Damage
In Your Mission Viejo Shower Area

The primary reason the shower or wet area of the bathroom needs to be stripped to the studs is to reveal any underlying damage. If you have a leak that is allowed to worsen over time, several significant problems could develop.

Your subflooring could rot from moisture exposure. Additionally, because it is dark, moist, and often warm, it’s a prime location for mold and mildew to develop. The longer any of these conditions persist, the greater the risk of structural damage.

Once we completely remove the old shower and fixtures, we can fully inspect the shower area for these wet-area-specific problems. Whether your studs are rotted or you have plumbing leaks in the wet area, we’ll fix the problem before we install your new shower.


Adjust Your Plumbing To Accommodate New Showerheads

Another benefit of the down-to-the-studs approach is having access to the plumbing. Because we don’t offer cookie-cutter options when it comes to our showers, your installation may require modification of the plumbing and drainage.

Modifying the plumbing enables you to choose new types of fixtures. If you’re upgrading to a luxury shower, you may be interested in multiple showerheads. However, restructuring the existing plumbing is the only way to accomplish this.


Ensure A Dependable Foundation
For Your Shower Remodel

After repairing the plumbing and support structures, we take the next step in fortifying your new shower’s foundation. This includes replacing all the important parts you can’t see once the installation is complete.

Because we’ve removed all the old products, you’ll be left with everything brand-new. This ensures you’ll have a new shower system built for life. We’re able to guarantee a never-leak shower that you will absolutely love.

We install a premium backer board, a high-quality shower pan, and inside corner strips to prevent leaks. We top it all off with our premium BP-Cor2 material, which is not only dependable but also beautiful and easy to clean.


Why Liners And Refinishing Don’t Get The Same
Results For Your Orange County Bathroom

Now, imagine if you opted for a low-quality bathroom remodeler for the sake of saving money. For those that offer rates that seem too good to be true, they generally are because something has to be sacrificed for the company to make a profit with rock-bottom prices.

Many of these bathroom remodelers will use flimsy liners or offer refinishing services. You’ll save money on the upfront costs of your shower remodel; however, you may spend even more in the long term.

Neither of these options will address any wet-area-related problems. For example, if your existing shower leaks due to cracks, installing a liner or refinishing the shower will not address this issue. Instead, any water that already made its way beneath or behind the shower will continue to damage the underlying foundation.

So, when you’re ready for shower remodeling in Mission Viejo, choose the team that always does things right. Call Shugarman’s Bath today at (619) 332-2220 to schedule your free estimate.