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Why You Shouldn't DIY Your Bathroom

As a homeowner, it can be tempting to tackle your own home improvement projects – but, your bathroom should not be one of them. There are many reasons:

Plumbing

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Plumbing work is very precise. All joints must be completed properly for the materials used. If not correctly relocated or installed, your DIY plumbing job can cause leaking. If a leak goes unnoticed for any length of time, it can lead to rot and structural problems, as well as mold and health problems.

Electrical

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Handling your own electrical comes with its own risks. Not only do you need to make sure that everything is brought up to current electrical codes, but all electrical work needs to have permits and be inspected. If installed incorrectly you can end up causing faults, hurting yourself, or causing a home fire.

Bathroom Fan

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Installing a bathroom fan seems like a simple task – and it can be, if you are replacing an existing fan. If you are installing a fan in a new location you need to run new ductwork, which includes cutting a hole in your roof. Not only does this become a dangerous task, but you run the risk of having water, wind and snow coming in that very same opening.

Tiling

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Do you know why it is expensive to hire a tile professional? BECAUSE IT’S HARD. To make sure you have all the tile level, plumb, aligned, and properly sloped is no joke. Consider all the experience an installer has so that they can plan the layout to avoid strange tiny pieces, or that one corner of a tile that sticks up and you catch your sock on it. Every. Single. Time.

Shower Glass

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Installing glass in your shower is going to come with its own set of challenges. Glass is not very forgiving, so you’ve got on shot to get it snug and water-tight. Also, don’t forget that the panels are very large, extremely heavy and fragile. It only takes one slip up and your bathroom floor is covered in broken glass.

 

There is a time and place for a DIY project, but it’s not in your bathroom. It’s not worth risking your investment in this project (and your home) to save a few hundred dollars. Avoid making any of these mistakes by hiring a professional the first time around.

Learn Your Countertop Options - Part II

Wood/Butcher Block

Home Depot

Butcher block tops offer a warm, natural look and are available in a wide variety of species including oak, maple, cherry and beech.

PROS:

  • DIY Installation
  • Relatively easy to clean
  • Can be sanded and resealed

CONS:

  • Requires oiling to maintain
  • Mid range pricing
  • Can be scratched and damaged by water
  • Bacteria can be a problem if not maintained

Glass

Thinkglass

Yes, you can have glass countertops! Often used as an accent as the colour, texture, and shape options are endless!

PROS:

  • Unlimited design options
  • Low maintenance
  • Options for creative lighting

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Can chip or crack

Concrete

The Concrete Network

Concrete countertops are an option if you’re looking for something truly unique and industrial. Be prepared – these are very heavy slabs!

PROS:

  • Colour can be added with acid
  • Scratch and heat resistant

CONS:

  • DIY not recommended
  • Very expensive
  • Porous surface
  • Cracking and crumbling can occur

Stainless Steel

Realtor

Stainless Steel is a modern / industrial choice that could be the right choice for your space. You can have your sinks integrated into your countertop.

PROS:

  • Impervious to heat
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Regarded as ‘luxurious’

CONS:

  • Very expensive
  • Noisy
  • Easily scratched

Soapstone

The Spruce

Countertops made of soapstone have a beautiful soft, aged look. This material is often used in historic homes.

PROS:

  • Rich colour
  • Heat resistant
  • Gets a “patina of age”

CONS:

  • Must be professionally installed
  • Easily scratched and dented
  • Must be oiled regularly

Sintered Stone

Cossentino

This is the newest product on the scene. Brand names include Neolith, Dekton, and Geoluxe. Sintered stone is a man made product. They use 100% raw materials (no fillers or resins) that are compressed under massive pressure and heat to mimic what happens to create natural stones.

PROS:

  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Scratch and stain resistant
  • Heat and fire resistant
  • 5x stronger than granite

CONS:

  • Edges can be susceptible to chipping
  • Must be professionally installed
  • Comparable in price to quartz
  • Pattern may only be on surface