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A shower is a key player in your bathroom remodel. In fact, upgrading the shower or its fixtures is an easy way to give your bathroom a facelift and boost your resale value or return on investment (ROI). So, if you’re contemplating taking the remodeling plunge and wondering how much does a shower installation cost, we have this article for you.

Since upgrading a shower is a lot to do with modern designs and new technology, it’s best if the complicated project is left to licensed professionals. An expert will know if the bathroom remodeling is up to the local code

A professional shower installation cost would range between $1,400 and $6,200 with an average cost of $3,700. Of course, this amount varies according to a lot of factors. For instance, the extent of the remodeling work, type of shower fixtures, labor costs, etc.

Here, we will explore some of the factors that impact pricing in detail. 

Shower Installation Cost Factors

  • Shower Types

shower installationNew Shower with Frameless Door (After Images), by Chris Lattuada – blineconstruction.com on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Showers come in many shapes and sizes depending on the style of your bathroom, available space, and the features you desire. 

Usually, showers are of two basic types: shower/tub combinations and stand-alone showers

While a small bathroom might benefit from a regular shower as it takes up less space while being fully functional, a tub and shower combination is more appealing to potential buyers. It offers them the luxury of a bath as well as the convenience of a quick shower.

Shower/Tub

The average cost of a shower-tub combination is $400 to $600. The installation will be another $1,000 or more. The cost to install will depend on the complexity of work, whether it connects to existing plumbing or will require a new one, the location of the bathroom, your zip code, etc.  

FYI: If you’re on a budget, use a bathtub liner for easy remodel. It fits neatly over your existing tub and can dramatically change its appearance. It costs around $150 to $250. The surrounding walls will cost you another $120 with labor costs approximately $300.

Stand-Alone Showers

Stand-alone showers appeal more to young, on-the-go couples. A basic shower stall will be around $400 with shower installation cost in the range of $300 to $400.

Estimate your bathroom remodel cost in just a few clicks with our free cost calculator.

  • Shower Doors

shower doorsPhoto by Topdollardj on Pixabay CC0

Whether you want a shower door or a curtain, it’s totally your personal preference. While curtains create a cozy look and work well in small spaces, they do require replacement ever so often. Shower doors, on the other hand, have clean lines and make the bathroom look smart. 

Shower doors have varying costs depending on the brand name, type, and finish. For instance, a typical sliding glass shower door will be anything between $100 to $300 and its installation $200 to $300. High-end frameless doors can go as high as $5,000 when installed.

Here are a few shower door styles for your bathroom:

  1. Framed doors: The lightweight metallic frames slide on tracks and come in a variety of finishes. They are an inexpensive option and are readily available. However, the tracks may collect water and therefore need periodic cleaning. Cost: $200.
  2. Frame doors: Although these doors are expensive, they lend a clean look to the bathroom. Cost: $900.
  3. Spray panel doors: These doors are fixed and cannot move. But, they make a bathroom look more open and stylish. Cost: $100.
  4. Sliding doors: The convenient doors are readily available. Plus, they are easy to install. They do however block part of the shower. Cost: $300
  5. French doors: These stylish doors give better access to the bathroom. However, they are expensive and increase your renovation costs considerably. Cost: $900.
  6. Decorative glass doors (frosted, wave, bubble, or tinted): Such shower doors look absolutely great. But, due to their surface designs, they are difficult to clean and maintain. Cost: $50/square feet extra

If you do not have a shower door and are not using a wet room, then installing a shower screen is also a good idea to contain the water. For example, you can have folding shower screens. These accordion-like panels are fixed to the wall and pull across the shower. They typically cost around $400-$700.

Are you thinking in replacing your shower? Take a look at our list of important considerations for a shower replacement

  • Shower Pan Tiling and Slabs

When it comes to decorating your shower pans, there are affordable and attractive tiling options available. Their appeal lies in their variety — each easily fitting into any style of bathroom. These finishes come in many colors and designs. You may even combine them to create stunning patterns. Let’s explore some popular choices for a bathroom. 

Finish Cost Pros Cons
Porcelain tiles $10/square foot
  • Versatile option
  • Stain-resistant
  • Water-resistant
May stain due to grout lines
Ceramic tiles $5/square foot
  • Mostly water-resistant
  • Versatile
  • Require sealing
  • Grout may stain
Ceramic tiles $5/square foot
  • Mostly water-resistant
  • Versatile
  • Require sealing
  • Grout may stain
Stone tiles $20/square foot
  • Look beautiful
  • Come in varied styles
  • Require sealing
  • May stain or pit in water
Stone tiles $20/square foot
  • Look beautiful
  • Come in varied styles
  • Require sealing
  • May stain or pit in water
Glass tiles $20/square foot
  • Water-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Difficult installation
  • Expensive
  • May stain
Solid surface slabs $100/square foot
  • Perfect for custom shower stalls
  • Make the bathroom easily accessible
  • Expensive
  • Seams can pop due to heat
Stone slabs $100/square foot
  • Look beautiful
  • Variety of options available
  • Expensive
  • May stain
  • Require sealing

Other considerations

You can also customize your shower pan. A custom pan is built by a plumber on site. Usually, it’s made of metal sheeting, concrete, or waterproofing materials. The labor cost will be $45 to $65 an hour. And, the material cost will be upward of $50 — depending on how luxurious it is. 

If you’re replacing an existing pan with a 36×36 inch shower pan, it may cost you at least $700 and may go as high as $1,500.

FYI: Since shower pans slope to the drain, the tiles must be able to accommodate that slope without cracking. Therefore, they must be 2 inches or smaller.

  • Shower mixing valves

The shower mixing valve you choose for your shower influences the total cost as well. In the US, there are two basic types of shower mixing valves. They are:

Pressure balancing valves

This one-handle pressure-balancing valve works by sensing changes in water pressure from the hot to cold lines. It swings to close off the line with more pressure — keeping the two systems balanced. It gives less control over your shower. But if that’s not a concern, this system will be an inexpensive option– both to purchase and install.

It will cost you around $150 — $400 for the whole set and trim. Installing it takes about two hours at the rate of $45 — $65 an hour.

Thermostatic valves

These valves use separate handles for water volume and water temperature. You can set the shower temperature to an exact degree while using the other valve to control the flow. Also, you can have multiple water sources — working simultaneously. More expensive to purchase and install, it costs around $400 — $1,200. Installation takes three to four hours at the rate of $45 to $65 per hour.

  • Installation and Labor Cost

shower replacementBacker Board, by PunkToad on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

It’s now getting clearer as to why shower installation costs and labor costs vary widely. The kind of shower you choose has a huge impact on the work it requires.

A prefab acrylic shower stall, for instance, is easily installed in about three to four hours while a custom tile shower or slab surface will cost up to $2,000. This kind of complicated project costs more because it can take two to three days to complete — increasing the labor costs.

Want to explore more about your shower tiles? Take a look at our guide on how to choose the right shower wall tiles for your bathroom

  • Fixtures and Other Cost Factors

If you want a modern, luxurious shower, you have to give it a good amount of TLC. Be ready to accommodate additional cost factors that influence your final shower remodeling cost. 

Let’s see some basic fixtures that you need in your updated shower: 

  • Shower pan: $100 (prefabricated ones will cost $500 to $700).
  • Showerhead: $20 to $500 (for more advanced and eco-friendly designs).
  • Faucets: $20 to $300 (depends on the finishing and material used).
  • Shower inserts: $50 to $500.
  • Replacing shower liner: $2,500.
  • Replacing or repairing the bathroom fan by a pro: $200.
  • Bathtub cost: $1,000
  • Bathtub with jets: $800 to $10,000, or more. 
  • Full-body showers: $250 to $4,000.
  • Customizable shelving: $12 to $100 (based on type).

Of course, when it comes to your bathroom remodeling, you can add or subtract features and fixtures as per your convenience. The sky is the limit here!

Conclusion

Remodeling a shower, along with upgrading existing fixtures, is an easy way to add functionality to your bathroom. The process can be as simple as replacing a showerhead or as complex as changing the entire floor plan of your existing bathroom space.

Whether you make your shower a convenient place for a quick clean-up or a luxury retreat — it’s your choice. More often than not, your budget and tastes dictate your renovation. 

The bottom line is: a shower is a good investment for your home. So, hire a professional and plan your shower installation cost well in advance to make the process easy, quick, and worthwhile. Happy renovating!

How Much Does a Shower Installation Cost? was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 by Ramona Sinha
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