When trying to regrout i discovered mould and removed the mouldy drywall, insulation and tiles to the bare wood and treated it with concribium, so it is mould free now. This is a standard size tub enclosure with a window at the center.
Now the tub enclosure needs to be rebuilt. I am now actually thinking of having the tub removed entirely and have a shower enclosure installed. This will mean removing the tub, new insulation, new backerboard, new shower base, tiling, glass doors (do not want curtains) and fixtures.
My questions are;
- how do I separate a good contractor from less good? I recently moved to the Vancouver area so i have no experience with contractors here.
- are there warranties on work?
- is it smarter to have the contractor supply the materials or is it better that I supply the materials and only sub the labour?
- where should I roughly think off cost wise for budgetting purposes for the labour part only (I can add up the materials myself)?
Thanks for your guidance.
I would suggest speaking with a shower company for the advuse that you are looking for. The decision about tub r shower is a personal one and only you can truly answer that. As to the material/labour questions, you could buy your own and it may be a cost saving, but ... it isn't always about cost. Make sure that you get the products and quality you want. I suggested a shower company because they do this type of work full time and most have a good, better, best line of products. You can always negotiate with them but it gives you a base from which to start your budgeting process.
Enjoy your project, and so glad that you removed the mould instean of hiding it.
Regards from Alberta.
I'm not sure if I read this correctly but, if there is a window in your shower area then a one or two piece shower tub combo won't work very well. They are not designed to be cut out for windows.
I would certainly recommend a tile shower in this case.
About finding good contractors... If you found one from "Trusted Pros" they already have customer reviews that are third party verified, I would recommend looking at the contractors associated with "Trusted Pros" and read their reviews etc.
Hope this helps.
Choosing the right materials for your project is a very important step in a long lasting installation and it is something you'll have to educate yourself if you want to provide the materials. The window in the middle of the wall can be a headache if the contractor does not deal with it properly and that may raise the cost a bit. You'll be looking at spending about 4k to 5k altogether. I hope you find the right contractor.
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