Overlapping one bathtub over another is an option that is not always considered, but is actually really advantageous and economical!

To pleasantly renew the look of a bathroom, perhaps a bit ‘dated, many times it may be enough to proceed with the overlap of a new bathtub: but what is this process, what advantages does it have, how much does it cost? We’ll talk about it in the next few steps.

Would you like to have a new bathtub with a new drain in the bathroom in a few hours, at a low cost and without having to break the tiles? If someone thinks it could be a daydream, he is making a mistake: with the superimposition of a bathtub (procedure also called ‘bathtub on bathtub’), all this is really possible!

Overlapping a bathtub

The bathtub: a few brief nods to History

Before talking about the superimposition of a bathtub, it is interesting to know that the first example of a bathtub dates back to ancient times: in fact, in Greece, 17 centuries before Christ, in Crete, in the spectacular Minoan Palace of Knossos.

From Greece to Rome, the path is not too long: already in the 3rd century before Christ, a rudimentary and large bathtub in stone or metal, also comes from our area: an element that over the centuries man has obviously modified but never abandoned.

Overlapping a bathtub: the bathroom becomes more beautiful!

It can often happen that you want to change or simply improve the appearance of your bathroom, thus making it more modern, functional, and comfortable: but how to give it a new face while avoiding long and expensive masonry work?

To answer this question, we can certainly say that often, with the overlapping of a new bathtub on the old one, you can find a quick and rather cheap solution that can combine comfort with elegance.

Obviously, it is up to the customer to decide whether, according to their needs, it is preferable to change the bathtub completely (possibly installing a smaller one) or maybe replace the bathtub with a shower tray: less cumbersome and more easily usable by the elderly and by people with reduced mobility.

However, those who want to save money can also renew the appearance of the bathroom with a new bathtub … but without having to perform masonry work and without having to resort to a plumber: interventions that would require a significant economic outlay.

Overlapping a bathtub

Overlap of a tank: excellent and economical solution

Although today the bathtub is often replaced with the modern and practical shower box, it must also be said that many times, the customer does not like to change the line of their bathroom by eliminating the bathtub or does not intend to face considerable costs to make major changes.

If you do not intend to think about replacing it, the superimposition of a new bathtub to be applied on the old one (often stained and yellowed or damaged by scratches and encrustations), can, therefore, represent a very valid solution to obtain a perfect result on a general level! Let’s see why.

Overlapping a tank

Overlap of a bathtub: what are the advantages

When certain renovation works have to be carried out, the intervention of a mason or a tiler is usually inevitable, but with regard to the overlapping of a tank, there is absolutely no need to carry out any work of masonry or hydraulics.

In fact, we proceed simply by overlapping without any difficulty a new tank on the existing one (obviously respecting the correct size): not having to break the tiles and without having to intervene on the part of the wall, the cost of labor is much lower.

At the same time, an overlapping bathtub regularly maintains its normal efficiency, allowing the bathroom to take on an appearance that is not only tidier but certainly more elegant.

  • How does a bathtub overlap? Procedure
  • No tile demolition
  • No hydraulic intervention
  • No masonry work
  • Installation in a few hours

But let’s now describe the steps relating to the overlapping of a tank to explain more clearly how the work is performed from beginning to end.

First of all, after an indispensable inspection, the measurements of the old bathtub are taken, so that a new bathtub can be placed on it (obviously of suitable dimensions) made of polymethacrylate or acrylic/glass-reinforced plastic, possibly with an anti-slip base (according to the customer’s choice).

 The edges are then cut correctly in correspondence with the walls between which the tank is recessed, and holes are drilled for the drain and for the ‘overflow.’

 Then cut the inner side of the old tank in the area relative to the piping, inserting a discharged egg.

 The work is carried out by distributing adhesive polyurethane foam on the old tank to offer the new one perfect adhesion, and finally, the new tank is installed by carefully sealing each part along with the tiles with silicone paste to prevent water infiltration.

How much does the overlapping of a bathtub cost? An inspection is essential!

As we have already pointed out, no hydraulic or masonry work is planned for the overlapping of a tank; in fact, this work is carried out entirely by specialized technical personnel who are perfectly expert in this particular procedure.

For this reason, the costs are always rather low and can indicatively start from about 450/500 € and reach approximately 700/750 €, excluding VAT. 

However, always keep in mind that these costs may vary according to the economic claims of different companies and depending on the materials used.

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