Hi there. I’m Jeff with Home Repair Tutor. And in this video, I’m going to share with 9 tips that will help you out with your own bathtub renovation. So stay tuned, watch this video because these are things that you’re going to want to think about whenever you’re doing your own kind of DIY project on your bathtub and if you’re going to add tiles to that tub surround. So let’s get to it. I think you’re going to like what I have to say. It’ll save you a ton of money and just get your brain thinking about how to do this project. So let’s get started. Concept # 1 would be tiles. Which tiles should you choose? I’m going to say go with porcelain. Primarily you want to go with porcelain because they’re harder and denser than ceramic tiles. You should go with glazed tiles. As you can see here, the reflection of the light is bouncing off this porcelain tile.And glazed tiles are smooth as glass. And this makes it easier for them to get clean. Also, glazed tiles don’t need waxed, sealed, or polished so they’re pretty much maintenance free. But when you do have to clean them, you don’t have to worry about any kind of harsh chemicals ruining the finish. So that’s why glazed porcelain tiles are awesome for the shower. Second concepts are grout joints. So you do want to use small grout joints for the shower. And when I say small, I mean 1/16″. Now these are about 1/8″ and they used unsanded grout, which is fine. And that’s what you would want to use for a polished finish like these tiles. One kind of grout you may want to consider for the shower is epoxy grout. An epoxy grout consists of epoxy resin and hardener and it’s super resistant to stains, chemicals, and it’s ideal for bathtubs primarily because it’ll cut your cleaning time in half. Third concept I wanted to point out is if you are going to use sanded grout in the shower, you should seal it. Sealing grout lines will protect against stains and mold and mildew.You’re still going to have to clean the grout lines but you definitely need to seal sanded grout so that water doesn’t penetrate through. Sealers aren’t needed for epoxy grout. Tip # 4 is to use silicone or siliconized latex caulk for the transition between the tile and the top of your bathtub. Now I specifically recommend using a type of caulk that is for the bathtub and that has microbanning because microban reduces the growth of bacteria that can cause staining and orders. Pretty disgusting stuff. Also,
microban will help reduce mold and mildew growth. I like using Dap Quick Seal Plus with microban in it. And do fill your bathtub up with water before caulking it because this will help prevent the caulk from separating from the bottom of the tub and the top of your tile. So fill up your bathtub with water before you caulk it.Tip # 5 is instead of using a stationery shower head like this one, use a handheld shower head because you’ll be able to clean off your kids or pets. And when it comes time to clean the actual bathtub, you can use a handheld shower head to do that. Here’s my 6th tip for you. Instead of using metal soap holders like this one here, use a shower niche or you can use like a stone soap holder. Why do I say that? Well for a few different reasons. As you can see here, there’s a little bit of rust on this soap holder. So if it’s metal, I don’t care if it says it’s stainless steel but it’s still going to rust out. And the problem is you’ve already attached it to your wall. Second problem with these kind of holders is the fact that you have to screw them into your tile. What this does is create a weak link in your water-proofing system behind this wall. When you screw a hole into the tile, it’s going to go into the cement board.Water can penetrate through that cement board and into your studs and create a mold issue. So that’s why I don’t like holders like this one here. Tip # 7 is to use grab bars. Grab bars might be required by the code where you live so check into that. But the primary reason you want to use them is because they’re good for safety reasons. As you get older, you want to have something to grab onto so that you don’t fall in the shower. That’s really dangerous because after all, the tub or the shower has water all over it.So it’s a slippery environment. If you’re going to install grab bars like these ones here, make sure that you’ve got wood blocking in the location where you’re going to attach the grab bars. So there should be wood blocking right here. So between the studs right here, there should be a wood block. So like a 2′ x 6′ or a 2′ x 8′ piece of wood. And there should be wood blocking right behind this part of the grab bar. So again there should be wood blocking right here so that when you screw through the cement board and the tile, it’s going into wood. Okay, here’s Tip # 8.If you have a tub setup like this one whereby you just have a tub and then
you have a tub surround, you may want to opt for a nice curtain rod like this one here instead of shower doors. At this point, shower doors don’t look all that awesome, especially the ones that you can DIY. And a shower rod can be way cooler and more stylish. So you get a shower rod like this one at your local home store for probably, I don’t know, $50 – $75; it’s chrome. You can get a satin-nickel finish one.And they’re going to look way cooler than those clunky doors that you can buy for $100 – $200. Plus it’s a lot easier to replace a shower curtain versus an old and dated set of shower doors. And that’s really important if you’re going to sell your house within the next 5 years. And here’s my 9th and final tip. When you go to buy fixtures, make sure that they’re brand name fixtures. So buy fixtures like Kohler, American Standard, Moen, Delta. So that when your shower head needs to be replaced or needs a part that has broken or your faucet handle is causing a drip from the tub drain, you can get that for free from these really awesome manufacturers that I just mentioned. All right, here’s my first bonus tip. I just thought of this. And it might serve you well. Whenever you go to choose your fixture, I highly recommend using polished chrome or a satin finish. Why is that versus maybe ora bronze? Ora bronze, if you’ve got hard water, water deposits are going to build on on top of it like there’s no tomorrow.So that’s why I recommend these polished surfaces whereby the deposits can be wiped off a little bit easier than the ora bronze. So just keep that in mind. If you’re dead set on ora bronze, no problem. But I just like these chrome fixtures a little bit more because they’re easier to clean. Here’s my second bonus tip. This is the corner of the bathtub. And you see how this is cracked? What they did here is add grout instead of caulk. So all corners of your bathtub should be caulked instead of grouted because they will crack like this over time. So I want you to remember that. Don’t grout the corners. Caulk the corners. And my third and final bonus tip has to do with the diverter or the handle to the faucet. Instead of it being closer to the bathtub spout like down here, raise it up a little bit. Just make sure you’re within code to do that ’cause there are code requirements for these kinds of things. But overall, you know, it’s hard to bend down to turn on the shower in the morning if you’re 6’3″.
So raise up the shower handle if you can.And if you’re not going to do this yourself, tell your plumber to do it for you. All right. So those were 9 Tips with 3 Bonus Tips on a bathtub renovation project. I hope that you liked it. I hope that you gained a lot of knowledge that will help you with your own project. And if you have something that you’d want to add to the conversation, please do so. I’m sure I missed something, and you probably have a hot tip that you’d like other people to know about.So please do that in the comments section. Remember, if you haven’t already done so, you can join me over on YouTube. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel. And you can also sign up for my email newsletter that comes out every single week. You get hot tips and tricks on home repair that’ll help save you time, money, and keep you from feeling overwhelmed when you’re doing your own DIY stuff around the house. So until the next video, I hope you have a great day.Thanks for joining me. I really appreciate it. And take care! Hey, as a side note, this is a hotel bathroom. I love visiting hotel bathrooms and gaining knowledge on how they revamp them because you can learn a lot of stuff by just observing what they do to keep their bathrooms in tip top shape and pretty much maintenance free. So next time you visit a hotel, check it out and see what you like and what you don’t like. So I hope that you like this video because I made it just for you. All right, we’ll see you soon! .