Military housing is generally provided for all service members, no matter if they’re living on or off of a base. With 150,000 new enlistees in the military every year joining the 1.3 million active-duty military personnel, it’s no surprise there is an abundance of military housing available. Thank all of them for their service by giving them a home they desire.
It all starts with the room people spend, on average, 92 days in during their entire lifespan: the bathroom. While kitchen and bathroom remodels are typically the most expensive undertaking, there are affordable and reliable options out there.
Think of companies such as AmBath that have extensive experience in the industry and manufactures, installs, warranty, and ships all of their products. To expedite the process, AmBath is a one-stop-shop for all of your commercial bathroom remodel needs, from sales to installation.
Before you pick a contractor, think about what the bathrooms in your complex needs. Are the countertops and showers difficult to clean? Are they older or small? Do the tubs and showers need replacements?
Let’s look at your options.
If the baths in your military housing complex need TLC, you have four options to bring them back to life. Each of the options varies in cost and time required to finish the job.
You can replace the tub entirely to update and custom the look of the bathroom while giving it a new and fresh feel. However, replacing a bathtub is expensive — the project can cost anywhere between $1,000 to $5,500 on average. It depends on the type of tub and what modifications need to be made to the plumbing or the bathroom to install it.
Depending on the contractor and the scope of the project, the job can take upwards of 9 hours, to longer than a week.
The second option is to refinish the tub. This is where the old protective glaze is sanded off and any chips are filled in. The glaze is then reapplied.
While it leaves the tub looking polished, it does not last longer than a few years. The process is also timely (up to five hours of labor) and leaves a strong odor. It can cost upwards of $1,000, depending on the scope of the project and the contractor.
The third option is to cover the old tub with an acrylic bathtub liner. The new liner is seamlessly fitted over your existing tub. Depending on the material, the liners are extremely durable and can be easy to clean.
AmBath supplies scratch-resistant solid surface polymer liners and has over 1,000 molds to choose from.
Or, you can choose to convert your bathtub into a shower.
Bathtub to Shower Conversions
Bathtub to shower conversions creates a large shower that can make the bathroom feel dramatically larger. Your old tub will be removed, then new fixtures will be installed, along with wall surrounds and a shower base.
AmBath offers the following materials: solid surface aggregate, cast marble, or solid surface polymer. There are various styles and colors to choose from as well.
Showers can also have liners installed, or they can be replaced.
Shower liners work similarly to bathtub liners.
If you choose to do a replacement, you can separate the task between the base, the fixtures, and the wall surrounds. The base of the shower (where the water is caught and drained) is relatively inexpensive, with most prefabricated options priced out under $600.
Wall surrounds are the walls in your shower; they are the tiling against the wall that protects it from water. Replacing wall surrounds is typically what dramatically increases the cost of a bathroom renovation.
Depending on the material, wall surrounds can be difficult to clean as commercial cleaning products are too harsh. For instance, cultured marble requires regular cleaning with soft clothes and cleaners to avoid stripping away the protective shiny gel coating. If you want a durable, timeless and easy to clean look, natural stone, porcelain or polymer are great options.
AmBath offers a wide selection of colors, textures, patterns, and materials that are all budget-friendly and grout-free. You can pick from cast marble, solid surface polymer, large porcelain tiles, or standard tiles.
Vanity tops are extremely important to round out the look of the bathroom. If the counters feel unclean, it puts the resident in a state of immediate unease. Provide your military residents with a sense of comfort by installing new and durable countertops.
Designed to withstand the toughest treatment, AmBath vanity tops won’t stain, peel or rust and they are ANSI 124.3 tested and approved.
A good material is quartz. Quartz is a natural stone that mimics the veins of marble. It looks luxurious and is built to last. It is also extremely easy to clean and has a timeless feel.
You should consider updating the vanity’s base as well to accommodate your residents’ needs.
Consider this too: active-duty military members often move around a lot. You will want to create a room that appeals to everyone and is easily maintained. You’ll want something that lasts so you don’t have to keep coming back to update or refinish the home’s bathtub. Most importantly, you’ll want something that the active-duty military member can be comfortable and proud in as a way to thank them for all they do for our great nation.