Clever conversion: Old bathtub out - luxury, threshold-free shower inside
A floor-level shower makes a room appear more spacious and facilitates the body care and the cleaning of the bath. The conversion is worthwhile.
Advantages and disadvantages of a no-threshold shower
There are three reasons to dispose of the bathtub and instead install a floor-level shower: The room gains both visual and functionality. The latter is noticeable when using and cleaning.
Visually, the bathroom gains in width, especially when a shower enclosure is frameless made of clear real glass. Those who are afraid of broken glass opt instead for single-pane safety glass for laminated glass. Even a small bathroom is generous if there is no tub in it.
Barrier-free access is more a luxury at a young age. With increasing age and in the event of a disability, it becomes more important.
A shower whose access is not obstructed by any threshold can even use a wheelchair user. Special seats for showers allow disabled people a comfortable body care while sitting.
The cleaning of professionally installed walk-in showers is as easy as cleaning a tile floor. This advantage is also appreciated by people who are no longer fully fit.
With all the advantages, the disadvantages should not be overlooked. The installation is complicated and must be done with great care. If the gradient goes in the wrong direction, the water runs into the room instead of the drain. Also, medical baths or relaxing in the bathtub are no longer possible. Here, however, the question arises as to whether an elderly person still has the opportunity to use the bath without help.
In the long run it therefore makes sense to put the bathtub off and install a no-threshold shower.
What to do when converting note
The first step is to remove the complete bathroom equipment, including the floor tiles and all sanitary facilities. Various manufacturers offer finished shower trays. The designs differ in the substructure and the type of drain.
Especially popular are models with a wall drain or a gutter, where no drainage disturbs the appearance. In order for the water to drain quickly, a deep sewage pipe is required. Anyone who is not sure whether the desired shower element fits the existing drainage of the bath is best advised by an installer.
It is not difficult to install the element, provided that the floor is absolutely level and level. This can be achieved with a liquid screed.
The floor and built-in bath are then given a uniform coating. Tiles are only partially suitable for the shower area. Large-format tiles can often be visually adjusted barely appealing to the drain. Small tiles are difficult to clean because of the many joints and can leak. A good solution is a quartz plate that covers the entire shower area.
Those who are afraid that a walk-in shower will not be well repaired in the event of a defect will prefer to choose a version in a frame. With these models, the shower tray can be lifted at any time without damaging the floor.
Builders are on the safe side if you have the water connections made by an installer and you hire a tiler for the floor. Specialist firms not only work reliably, they also guarantee their work.
Costs of converting to a no-threshold shower
The shower element costs between 200 and 500 euros. How much is to be paid for the matching of the floor and the connection of the shower by a specialist, depends on the individual case. Most are between 500 and 1,000 euros. The final tiling amounts to about 15 to 100 euros per square meter, depending on the quality of the tiles.
The conversion means a long-term gain in comfort and is a measure in the sense of age-appropriate conversion and therefore eligible for funding by the KfW.
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