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What to Know When Replacing a Bath Tub for a Shower

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Are you planning your dream bathroom?

Is an outdated bathtub getting in the way of your bathroom remodel? 

Many homeowners are switching their old bathtubs for the sleek look of a standing shower.

Challenges with this Type of Remodel
Bathrooms that were originally designed to have a tub may present several constraints when it comes to designing the shower door.  The principal challenge is the space available in the bathroom.  It’s common in bathrooms that originally had a tub to have the toilet located very close to the tub.  This limits where the shower door can be placed because the door must be able to swing out without hitting the toilet.  Sometimes the location of the toilet and vanity preclude being able to use a swinging shower door at all and the shower designer must use a sliding shower door.

Common Types of Shower Doors Used
Sliding Door: A sliding shower door is the most space efficient design for a tub to shower replacement.  This eliminates many of the issues of trying to accommodate a swinging door in a more compact space.  Some homeowners have been turned off sliding doors because they are expecting fully framed, low end sliding doors that they have seen in older or other homes.  There is a wide range of attractive, high-end sliding shower doors available.  For example, barn door sliders provide a frameless look with the space saving features of a slider.

Door & Panel – A typical tub is about 60” wide, a door & panel arrangement would have a door on one side and glass panel on the other.  The size of the door will be determined by the constraints of the space.  While a 28” door is typical, a narrower door may be needed if there are other obstructions like the vanity or the toilet.  

Panel Only – This option is great for those who don’t want to worry about a door.  Typically, the panel is placed on the same side as the shower controls while the space next to it is left open.  There is a higher potential of water getting out of the shower area onto to the bathroom floor since there is no door to keep the water in.  Your shower designer can help you decide the proper size of the panel to minimize these disadvantages.  

Work With a Local Shower Door Provider for Your Bathroom Remodel in Ann Arbor 

Are you ready to get rid of your outdated bathtub? Working with an experienced shower door provider for your bathroom remodel in Ann Arbor will provide you with more insight and shower door options for your project.

When you’re ready to start your bathroom remodel, or just need inspiration, contact us at 734-426-5600 or visit our Ann Arbor showroom to take an in-person look at our glass and hardware options.  


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Is your shower in need of an upgrade? Are you ready to finally have the bathroom of your dreams? A brand new, elegant shower is just a few clicks away. Get in touch with us today for a consultation so you can get started.