How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Bathtub?

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If you’re looking to upgrade your bathroom or replace an old tub, the most important question on your mind is probably how much it will cost to do so. Before calling in a plumber for an estimate, it’s best to do your research to make sure you’re not in over your head. We’ve looked into this for you and will be going over what can have the most significant impact on your replacement cost.

Replacing a bathtub could range in cost from around $1,000 up to $20,000! On average, though, including tub, you should expect the price to be between $3,000 and $5,000. The cost of replacing a bathtub can vary based on:

  • Choice of tub model.
  • Installation choices
  • Modifications

While all of the factors covered above are included in the cost ranges given, in this article, we will go into detail about each. Remember, replacing your bathtub is not usually a DIY project. If you’re looking for more information on how the cost of replacing a tub breaks down, keep reading!

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Cost Variables for Replacing a Tub

Choice of Tub Model

Choosing the tub you want is the one factor that has the most significant impact on the cost of replacing your bathtub.

Fiberglass tubs are the lowest cost option, ranging from $200 to $1,000. Acrylic tubs have the most variety and range from $200 to $15,000. This, of course, is dependent on tub type, size, style, and additional features built-in. Acrylic and fiberglass tubs are the most common, but other material options include different metals and stone types. These will almost always be much more expensive and land on the higher end of the cost range.

Tub style also makes a difference, so keep this in mind when choosing tub models. 

Installation cost

The installation cost includes the labor cost to install your tub as well as any additional materials and work needed. Once they remove the old tub, the plumber will have to clean and prep the surface to install your new tub. On top of this, if there is any damage or repairs needed, they will need to be fixed at this time. Any required additional plumbing for the new tub, as well as replacement of faucets, also needs to be taken into account.

Plumbers labor per hour generally costs between $45 and $65 per hour. Sometimes bathtub installation for plumbers comes at a fixed rate, between $500 and $1,100. Electricians will usually cost $65 to $85 per hour if you need one for wiring. An electrician will be necessary if you intend to have incorporated electronics. 

Modifications

Modifications can include a variety of options. Creating a new concrete slab under your tub and removing the old one might be necessary, depending on the tub you choose. Installing a bathtub with jets or electronic components such as speakers will both add to your cost and install time. Repairs and additional plumbing is another consideration.

Fitting your new tub to the space adds additional work to ensure there are no leaks. Any issues with the existing pipes will also cause the lines to be replaced, which means getting inside the walls. That means drywall work, which can still be done by your plumber but will take extra time.

Make sure to discuss modifications with the plumber during the estimate phase. Depending on how many changes are needed, hiring a person to remodel your bathroom totally might be a good choice as well. 

How Long Does It Typically Take to Replace a Bathtub?

How soon an installation can take place is dependent on the plumbers in your area and their schedules. Don’t expect them to be available immediately. Call around to receive estimates to get a better idea of pricing and possible scheduling dates. Once scheduled, installation generally takes between 6-9 hours. Assuming there are no significant issues, only one day is needed. Factoring cost into this, be prepared for the higher end, around 9 hours.

At this amount of time, labor is between $585 and $765. Installation could take longer if there are repairs to do, extra plumbing needed, or additional cleanup. Keep in mind; installation time does not include the hours required for electricians. 

How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Bathtub?

Removing your old bathtub is usually fairly straightforward. The cost of this includes the hiring of a plumber to remove it from your bathroom and a small fee if you want them to haul off the old tub and waste. Removing the tub will usually not be too expensive a cost, only around a hundred dollars.

The cost of hauling off the old materials can be much more. On the low end, the price will be around two hundred dollars. If there is much more cleanup to do or the tub unit is much larger than expected, it could range up to a few thousand dollars. The higher-end is much less common, however, and removing a tub should cost somewhere between two hundred and one thousand dollars factoring all of this in.

What’s the Cost To Replace a Tub and Shower Stall?

Adding a shower stall to your tub is relatively simple. The same costs apply for removing the old tub. Shower stalls come in kits, and installation (including the kit) will usually run from $1,500 to $4,000. Including a shower door will be an extra cost, usually another $1,000.

If you aren’t looking to add in a full stall, installing a showerhead above your tub will give you a showering option at the cost of additional plumbing work. This usually costs between $600 and $1,500, depending on existing structures and work required. Enclosing your tub and adding a shower area next to it is another option with additional costs based on materials and labor. 

How Much to Replace a Tub and Tiles On the Wall Too?

How much tile is being replaced? A full wall will, of course, cost more than just going around your tub. Get accurate square footage during your estimate, so there are no surprises. Removing tile will be an additional labor charge for the time it takes, so keep that in mind. Tile ranges from fifty cents up to fifteen dollars per square foot.

Choose your tiles wisely; material choice for tile makes a huge difference. Ceramic tiles are usually the cheapest, while stones are on the expensive end. Regardless of material choice, a stylish tile is out there. Material and installation cost included, you should expect to factor in an additional eight hundred dollars. Remember, this is in addition to the cost of the tub and installation. 

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Bathtub?

The cost of replacing a bathtub can vary a great deal, but on average, expect it to cost between $3,000 and $5,000. After reading through this article, you should have a good idea of what to expect and what choices can make an impact on the total cost. To get a quote near you, call a local plumber.

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