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Bathroom Suites - Considering Costs

You want to change your bathroom suite but you need to know what is going to be involved, you see that there are many cheap bathroom suites about and think that it is going to be a relatively low cost operation.
Hopefully this article will guide you through and help you understand where the costs may come from.
So, first thing is first, are you going to try and fit the bathroom suite yourself or use a specialist bathroom fitter or building contractor? Well the answer to this lies in your skills set, have you ever attempted any form of plumbing before and if so did it go successfully? If not then do you consider yourself a good do it yourself person? If you feel confident to do it yourself then you could save quite a bit of money, one thing that may be worth looking at is push fit plumbing fittings as these just push onto the pipe requiring no soldering, this can be easier for the amateur.
Next thing to consider is what you will do with the bathroom suite that your taking out, if you are going to put it into a hired skip this has a cost which will need to be considered, another option is to contact your local council who will, in many authorities, take bathroom suites away, also there may be a recycling place nearby where you can take the suite yourself if you have the transport means.
Now you need to consider how much you will spend buying your bathroom suite as there are many options around including cheap suites.
One thing that many people don't take into consideration properly is the cost of tiles.
Tiles can be very expensive and even the grout and the adhesive can add significantly to the costs.
You can lower this cost by just having two rows of tiles above the bath and basin but if you intend to have a shower then you may well need to tile full height.
If you are not going to tile yourself then be prepared for the labour bill that will follow as tiling large areas can be fairly labour intensive.
An alternative to tiles today is pvc panelling, this panelling comes in a multitude of colours from plain white to marble effects.
It comes in long lengths which are tongue and grooved along the long edge to give a waterproof seal when joined together.
These can be much easier to apply than tiles and can often be stuck with silicone but this depends on the substrate below.
These are potentially an easier do it yourself solution but note that there is usually some quite tricky marking and cutting.
Whilst these are a good choice as they are easier and quicker than tiling they can be damaged if things fall against them, perhaps on of the best features of this panelling though is that there are no grout joints to get dirty.
These may be some of the higher cost items but you also need to look at things like showers; if you are going to have one then will it be in a cubicle of its own or over the bath with a glass door or shower curtain.
What will the floor be finished with, this could be tiles wood floor or carpet, the choices are wide.
Hopefully this article has given you a few ideas to help you plan the cost of a new bathroom suite, as you can see there is so much more to consider than just the cost of the bathroom suite.

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