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Question DetailsAsked on 10/8/2013

Which category of contractors replaces bathtubs and shower stalls?

We need to replace a bathtub and enclosure in one bathroom and a shower stall in another. The faucets and showerheads in both bathrooms will also be replaced. Should I be calling plumbers or bathroom remodelers or both.

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If only the plumbing and tub/stall needs replacing, a plumber can usually do it. However, in almost all cases the rerplacement does not fit exactly the same or existing wall has to be partly removed to get the replacement to drop in, so then you are getting involved with flooring, drywall, tile or surround plastic, etc as well - so generally a General Contractor specializing in remodels is your best bet. This also gives you protection against finding out floor or subfloor repairs are needed due to water damage which is undetected till the tearout is done.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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As LCD said, there's more to replacing a tub or shower than just the plumbing aspect. Call a general contractor to coordinate and oversee the job. Then you only have one person to contact for questions and concerns. Otherwise you'll need a plumber, a drywall repair contractor, a flooring contractor, trim carpenter, painter, etc. You might find one person to do it all which is usually a GC, in which case isn't it easier to just let him handle the project entirely. With hiring each trade yourself you have to worry about the plumber tearing up more than necessary just because it makes his job easier but costs the job as a whole a lot more money. The same with subsequent trades until the last guy in has twice the work he bargained for.


Suppose the old tub is removed and rotten wood is discovered. The plumber is going to charge an extra fee to return at a later date after the repairs are done or he'll just cover them up. I've seen a lot of plumbers do the latter. If it isn't plumbing related they don't care about it. Then you've paid twice for the plumbing work. Once the plumber is done the other trades have to be coordinated in the right order to complete the project.

Answered 5 years ago by Todd's Home Services




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