Tips To Remodel An Old Bathroom
Bathroom is one of the areas of the house that are constantly affected by humidity, mold growth, leakage, clogged drain, so on and so forth. The result is it requires to be repaired periodically. Sometimes the bathroom due to negligence of users reaches such a state that it requires to be remodeled. If you have a bathroom remodeling project in mind, you should keep into consideration following while remodeling your bathroom.
• Today green plumbing is in vogue. Plumbing products ae being made to enable a better conservation of water. A toilet accounts for 22% water usage in a house. If you buy a high efficiency toilet, this figure can go down. Modern toilets are available in various colors such as bone, colonial white, cotton, white almond, biscuit, black, dune, ice grey, sandbar, Se dona beige etc. Choose one to your liking. They have a universal height to be suitable for people of all sizes. They are forceful but offer whisper-quite operation.
• Most bathrooms are tiled. Tiled floors and walls sparkle if they are cleaned. They also offer a resistance against molds and moisture unlike walls that crack and peel. If you have kids and elderly in the house chose non-slippery bathroom tiles. There are various options in these such as tiles with matte finishes, plenty of grout lines, textured surfaces, glazes with sand etc. In case you are on a shoe-string budget, glazed or porcelain tiles would be good choices. Avoid natural stone since these are porous. If they are not sealed properly, they will absorb water and create stains; it will be a hassle to clean them.
• Caulks are used in bathtub or shower enclosure, under or around the tiles, at joints between tile and the tub or shower pan, or on joints where walls meet. They prevent the water from creeping up. You have two types of caulk to choose from –acrylic caulk and silicon caulk. The acrylic caulk can be removed without using strong chemicals. It is also a clean and neat seal. However silicon caulk is being preferred over acrylic for various reasons. It remains flexible for long without exhibiting signs of peeling, cracking, or distorting. It is a better barrier against water than acrylic and have greater lifetime. It is also worthwhile to pick a caulk that comes with a long-lasting mildewcide.
• Bathroom sinks come in various shapes and sizes. Choose one according to number of inmates in the house. You can go for a vanity sink if you need more storage space and counter tops. In case requirement for storage is not that great then vessel sink will be fine. A pedestal sink is good balance between these two.
• A modern bathroom is almost synonymous with household spa where you refresh and unwind. It has a bathtub situated at the heart to offer this relaxation. According to says Gray Uhl, director of brand education at American Standard -“It used to be that bathtubs were just a tub-and-shower combination, with the primary goal being showering and cleansing the body. Today, bathtubs are often separate from the shower, with the sole purpose of soaking to relax and unwind”. There are different designs in bathtubs that are available. They are shakers and whirlpools; classic claw-footed models; contoured shapes, ovals, squares, and rounded; tubs with neck rests and armrests; tubs set into platforms; and tubs you step down into—or even walk into. As for material of the tub you can choose from fiberglass, porcelain-enameled steel, enamel coated cast iron, and acrylic.
• A bathroom cannot be remodeled without changing the rusty faucets that look obsolete. Modern faucets come with marvelous exterior finishes, inner workings, and the ways they bring water to your fingertips with the turn of a knob and sometimes not even that. They have come a long way from priming the pump and waiting for the water to run clear. They are available in various designs such as ball faucets, compression faucets, washer-less faucets and disc faucets. You can also choose from a variety of finishes such as nickel, chrome, and PVD.
• Bathroom wiring are almost on their last legs after they are used for years. They are used for plugging in hairdryers, hair straightening irons, electric toothbrushes, and electric razors. Moreover geysers and other heavy appliances are hardwired to bathroom wiring. You do not have to replace the geyser. But check its wiring and connections. Replace 15-amp wirings with 20-amp ones so there are enough outlets to plug in electric devices.
• Last but the not least, is hiring a good plumber who would plan out the look and design of the bathroom. He would give you expert advice about the design and style of the bathroom fixtures that will be suitable. Ask a friend or relative or search online to get the contacts of good plumbers. Before hiring them do not forget to check their credentials and experience.