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A new bathtub can breathe life into a bathroom of any shape and size. But what is the cost of getting a new bathtub supplied and fitted?
Often, bathtubs are replaced as part of an entire bathroom renovation. However, if damaged or leaking, it may be necessary to install a new bathtub as a standalone task. You might also choose to get a new bathtub for comfort, practicality, mobility reasons or purely aesthetics.
If you’re thinking about getting a new bathtub fitted, it’s best to get an idea on price ahead of time. We recognise the importance of keeping within budget, so we’ve spoken to the online estimators at My Build Estimate – a professional estimating company monitored by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Here are some estimated, average costs from them for bathtub installation. Don’t forget with all projects there are a wide variety of options to choose from that can influence the final costings. As well as the costs of installing a new bathtub, we’ve included the key considerations for purchase and process.
The average cost to install a new bathtub is £850.
When trying to keep within a budget, it can be tempting to fit a new bathtub by yourself. Unless you are well-versed with pipework and the fitting of bathroom furniture, it’s best to hire a professional.
Even the smallest leak in a bathtub can take days to repair and the costs for this can amount to more than a professional plumber would have charged for installation. In this case, it’s worth paying extra to ensure the job is done right. The table to the right shows the breakdown of bathtub installation costs in the UK.
Bathing has been ingrained into our culture ever since the Roman times. Naturally, the design, style and materials used have changed over time to reflect trends and modern plumbing.
Unbeknown to most, the type of material you choose for your new bathtub can make all the difference in the bathing experience.
Material will also determine the cost to install a new bathtub. It’s worth considering your needs before making the plunge to ensure the bath you choose is right for you.
Today, the types of bath available are vast and typically crafted from one of the following:
Acrylic baths are durable, resilient and perfect for anyone looking to replace their bathtub on a tight budget. If your home is an older property with thinner floors, an acrylic bathtub will also be ideal in terms of weight.
Generally, an acrylic bath is cheaper than steel or any other materials. The cost of the average acrylic bathtub will on average be £100+ (supply only) + installation.
Cast iron baths are commonly considered the most luxurious. They are also the most expensive – and understandably so. If well maintained, they can be kept without replacement for decades.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the weight of a cast-iron bathtub can often exceed 500kg.
The cost of a new cast iron bathtub starts at approximately £850+ (supply only).
Natural stone baths may be a little harder to maintain, but their smooth finish makes them a highly popular choice for homeowners. Made from stone and minerals, these bathtubs are much easier to mould into fine-edged custom shapes.
What’s more, the stone material will retain 50% more of the heat from your bathwater, ideal for those who like to soak a little longer.
The cost of a natural stone bath will vary between £300 and £3000 on average.
Steel baths can be easily moulded into striking designs and are generally better at retaining warmth than acrylic bathtubs. Like acrylic tubs, they are cost-effective and easy to maintain in good condition.
Weight of a steel tub could be considered a drawback, but strong flooring should support this bathtub no problem.
Cost for a steel bathtub typically starts at around £150+ (supply only) depending on your choice of brand, style and sizing of the tub.
|Bathtub installation costs||How much is installation? Note: do consider additional costs|
|Average cost to install and fit a bath||Per project||£850|
|Acrylic bathtub supplied and fitted||Per project||£200 - £250+|
|Steel bathtub supplied and fitted||Per project||£250 - £450+|
|Cast iron bathtub supplied and fitted||Per project||£1250 - £1650+|
|Walk-in bath bathtub supplied and fitted||Per project||£375 - £575+|
|Cost of removing and disposing the existing tub||Per project||£75 +|
|Shower taps||Per project||£100+|
|Shower screen/curtain||Per project||£100+|
|Bath panels||Per project||£25+|
|Tile path panels||Per project||£150+|
|Adjust the tiling around your bath||Per project||£300+|
*These are estimated, average costs. Our prices have been researched widely online by the Checkatrade team and represent a ballpark average for your proposed project. Costs may vary by region, the scope of the project and indeed by the products you plan to use.
If you have limited strength or mobility, there are plenty of options that are designed for convenience, comfort and practicality. Here are some key mobility considerations and tips when buying and installing a new bathtub:
Along with the bathtub itself, there are several additional accessories you may need to buy alongside. These include:
The addition of these accessories will typically be charged as part of the bathtub installation cost.
As well as their functionality, taps can add class to even the most standardised bathtubs – but it’s essential you choose the type that is right for your bath.
For example, if your bath has two holes but you only want one tap for both hot and cold, you will need a mixer tap. A free standing bath, on the other hand, will be complemented by some stylish floor standing taps.
Some of the taps available include:
Costs for bathtub taps by themselves vary on material used. It’s worth noting that wall-mounted taps typically a little cost more to install due to the pipework required.
As well as the type of bath and the costs of bathtub installation, there are a few key factors worth bearing in mind when browsing the market for a new tub. This includes:
While it is possible to replace a bath without removing any tiles, The silicone seal between the tiles and the bath would need to be removed gently and the bathtub pulled out gently, but it’s delicate work that often calls for the help of a professional tradesperson.