How to Have a Bathroom Remodel That Lasts

How to Have a Bathroom Remodel That Lasts
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    As one of the busiest rooms in your home, the bathroom is a frequent target of renovation projects.

    The need to upgrade the look, replace worn or leaky fixtures, and improve efficiency inspires many homeowners to make an upgrade.

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Like any project, a bathroom remodel must be done right to ensure that it lasts long after the bills are paid. Here are four ways to make sure your upgraded bathroom has staying power.

Dig a Little Deeper

It’s not always enough simply to replace fixtures. The supply lines from the copper line may need to be replaced as well. They can weaken over time, and their gaskets can begin to crumble and leak.Even the valves where they attach could be past their prime.

Have your remodeling crew check as much of the plumbing (and the electrical wiring, for that matter) as possible as they replace fixtures. This goes double if you live in an older home.

Before even starting to budget for a remodel, it’s a good idea to get your electrical system and plumbing investigated. Underlying issues will be much easier to fix when you don’t have a looming project ready to get done. It might take a bit longer to get started but paying less money or not having to take out a loan can make the project far less stressful.

Use Quality Materials

You may find that the price of your remodel sounds like a lot of money for such a small space. However, you must avoid the temptation to go cheap. Remember that bathroom fixtures are tough to live without if something goes wrong with them.

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They also consume water and energy if they start leaking. Have your bathroom remodelers install good fixtures and you’ll get many years of reliable, cost-saving service.

Think of the Future

Our lives can change in many ways during the life of a bathroom remodel. The configuration that worked best before the kids were born will not be the best with toddlers running around. In time, you will need to think about things like accessibility in case your parents move in or if you need those features yourself.

Think about how long you expect your project to last, then consider how your life may change in that time. Consult with your contractors to see if they have advice about how to design a layout that will last you the years.

Don’t Neglect Energy Efficiency

Most of the time, a bathroom remodel is about updating the look and replacing faulty equipment. However, the project can also cut energy costs for you. Updated lighting fixtures will lower your electricity bill, and modern showerheads and faucets will use less hot water, cutting the demand on your water heater. You may also be able to make changes to your HVAC configuration for the bathroom.

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A bathroom remodeling project is a big expense and a significant disruption to your daily routine. It just makes sense to plan it in such a way that it will delay the need for your next remodel as long as possible.

Considering the underlying structure of your home, such as plumbing and electricity, plan ahead for coming changes in your life, and don’t forget to save the money for good materials. An efficient, well-planned remodel will give you years of benefits.

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