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The bathroom is one of the most essential parts of any home construction, highly valued for its important functional purposes. Aside from its functionality, a great bathroom also serves as a personal sanctuary for relaxation at the end of a tiring day, and as a decorative space that you can use to enhance your home décor and your personal style. One of the most important ways to keep your bathroom in top condition is to focus on maintaining the wet area—the area of the bathroom most susceptible to water damage and other concerns.

The wet area is the area of the bathroom that gets wet—in other words, the bathtub, shower, and surrounding spaces and surfaces. Due to constant and heavy exposure to moisture and humidity, materials that aren’t waterproof or well-maintained can and will get damaged. With this, many bathroom contractors recommend wet area remodeling to replace older bathroom materials that can’t keep up with the high traffic and water exposure that it undergoes every day. A replacement will also improve the functionality, level of comfort, and aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. 

Such services may include tub to shower conversion and vice versa, shower replacement, bathtub replacement, bathroom wall surrounds installation, and walk-in shower installation, among others. In this article, the experts at Luxury Bath of Raleigh will focus on why it is important to focus on the wet area of the bathroom, how to address signs of water damage, and some of our best and most affordable wet area remodeling ideas. 

Why the Wet Area?

The bathrooms in older homes were not made with the advanced materials we use today. Today’s newest products are engineered to withstand the test of time, require very little maintenance, and will look beautiful for decades to come. As the wet area of your bathroom is the part which is most frequently used, it can be difficult to maintain aging products over the years—and it may look worse and worse as time passes, no matter how hard you scrub or attempt to maintain it.

When you focus on remodeling the wet area, you can upgrade this part of the bathroom with better and more durable materials that not only add value and functionality, but also offer aesthetic benefits. A walk-in shower installation, better flooring, shower and bathtub replacement, as well as other bathroom remodeling projects can also make it safer to use. Additionally, you can get services that improve accessibility for people with mobility issues to prevent slips and falls, such as a tub-to-shower conversion or vice versa.

How to Solve Signs of Water Damage

Water damage can result in severe problems in the long run. If you see rotting on the bathroom walls particularly around the windows, cracks in the fixtures or walls, stained floors and peeling paint, or if your shower and bathtub areas are covered in mold, you should know that these are signs of severe water damage.

The best way to solve these signs of water damage is by contacting an expert remodeling company to evaluate the condition of your bathroom. A good remodeling company will diagnose the problem and recommend actions that you should take to prevent these issues from getting worse.

Common Wet Area Remodeling Ideas

Below are some of the best remodeling ideas for the wet area of your bathroom:

  • Bathtub Replacement: Replace your outdated bathtub with modern ones which can resist mold and stains to rejuvenate the look and feel of your bathroom.

  • Shower Replacement: You can replace your shower with a new glass enclosure or a walk-in shower that has no barriers and more accessible.

  • Tub to Shower Conversion (and vice versa): Converting your bathtub into a shower area or vice versa will allow you to enjoy the change that you need for your bathroom. Moreover, it is a cost-effective strategy to improve the functionality of your existing wet area.

  • Flooring: Because the flooring of your bathroom undergoes natural wear and tear and is the part that is abused daily, it is important to make sure that it is durable enough to withstand foot traffic, dirt, and chemicals, as well as waterproof enough to resist the growth of mold despite the constant exposure to moisture. 

If you are looking for top-quality bathtub replacement, shower replacement, walk-in shower installation, shower-to-tub conversion, and tub-to-shower conversion, among other bathroom renovation services, Luxury Bath of Raleigh is the right company to contact. Since 1988, our company has been providing excellent bathroom installations using custom products in stunning designs that will add value to your home and investment.

As a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, you can be sure that you will have a pleasant remodeling experience when you partner with us. To learn more about our products and services, contact us at Luxury Bath of Raleigh today by giving us a call over the phone. Or, fill out our online form to schedule a free, in-home estimate.