Bathtub to Shower Conversions in Chicago Suburbs

Tub to shower conversions make sense for convenience and safety

walk in showers in Chicago Suburbs

Walk-in showers offer improved safety, function, and comfort for many homeowners.

Many people are interested in converting a bathtub into a shower, and for good reason. While many newer homes are built with showers instead of (or in addition to) tubs, older homes often have bathrooms with tubs that double as showers. Since most people take more showers than baths, there's no need for multiple bathtubs in the average house.

Statistics show that converting a bathtub to a shower could prevent some serious accidents. In the U.S., over 25,000 accidents occur in and around bathtubs every year. Many of these mishaps occur as older people try to step over the high front apron or wall of the tub. Making a tub-to-shower conversion eliminates this tripping and falling hazard.

If you are interested in converting to a walk-in shower in your home, Norway Built can help. We can transform your bathroom into a safer, more comfortable space that allows you easier use. Call us today at 1-844-201-3179 to get a free estimate!

Converting a tub to a walk-in shower is easier than you think

You don't need major demolition and reconstruction to convert your existing bathtub. Norway Built can provide tub-to-shower conversions that can be completed from start to finish in just one or two days. Here are two different options to consider:

  1. Reasons to convert your bathtub into a shower:

    • Create more space
    • Keep existing plumbing
    • Improves functionality and accessibility
    • Affordable alternative to full bathroom remodel
    Cutting an opening in the tub apron: Instead of tearing out a tub that's in reasonably good condition, it's possible to cut an opening in the tub wall (apron) and create a shower with safer, easier access. We will use special cutting equipment to create an opening in the tub wall, then reinforce and finish the cutout area with specially made filler pieces, caulk and other proprietary materials. A shower curtain or a specially made glass shower door can be installed to keep water inside the tub.
  2. Replacing the tub with a shower base: One benefit you don't enjoy with option #1 is a larger showering area, as you're still stuck with the limited space of the tub floor. If you replace the tub with a new shower base sized to match the tub, your showering area changes from cramped to very generous. For this kind of conversion, it is often recommended that a new shower surround be installed to go with the new shower base. This type of surround can be installed directly over an existing tile wall, saving time and money. Since the surround is durable and completely waterproof, there will be no grout joints to clean or repair.

Safety features are a smart addition

To complete any tub to shower conversion, it's worth adding in a few extras that will enhance safety, convenience, and your overall enjoyment of this transformed space. Adding grab bars in your new shower space will make it safer and more user friendly for people of all ages. It's also a good idea to install a new mixing valve for the shower. The valve and its temperature control handle can be located at a convenient height on the shower wall. Finally, don't forget to upgrade to a full-featured showerhead.

Improve your safety and comfort with a converted walk-in shower

If you're looking to upgrade your bathroom with a tub to shower conversion, Norway Built is happy to help. Give us a call or contact us online for a FREE quote! We provide all our quality bathroom remodeling services in Downers Grove, Naperville, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Schaumburg, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, Hoffman Estates, Saint Charles and throughout the surrounding areas.

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