Walk-in showers have been trending for decades. Many homeowners today prefer these to the traditional bathtub due to their elegance and accessibility. At the same time, not everyone likes walk-in showers. When considering shower to tub conversions, review all the pros and cons.
Shower to Tub Conversions
Here are some pros to replacing a walk-in shower with a bathtub.
No Bathtubs. Many households nowadays only have showers. That works for some families, but homes with children need a tub. In this case, converting one of the showers into a tub makes sense.
Relaxation. A shower gets you clean, but you can relax in a tub. Soothing those sore muscles in a warm bathtub helps wash away the stress. Adding a deep tub with jets enhances the therapeutic effects of bath time.
Décor. A tub can add an aesthetic feel that a shower cannot deliver. A clawfoot tub or a modern freestanding tub in a bright color adds character and style to a master bath. The bathtub can bring function and style to a high-traffic room.
Selling Feature. There are still many home buyers that desire at least one bathtub in the house. If not for them, for accommodating the needs of their guests.
Cleaning. A walk-in shower has lots of surface area to clean – tile and glass. A tub still has to be cleaned but is a much quicker job.
Now let’s look at the cons of removing a shower and adding a tub.
Mobility. If the occupants are older adults, a bathtub may be challenging to navigate. Having to lift their legs to step into a tub may be a problem for adults with arthritis or stiffness in their bodies. Then sitting down and getting up may also be a problem. Safety bars on the wall can help but may not be the answer for all people.
Time. Taking a bath takes more time than taking a shower. In the time it takes to fill a tub with water, you could be done with a shower.
Water Heater. Before adding a bathtub, check the capacity of the water heater. The water heater tank may not be big enough to fill the bathtub. In this case, you may need to install a larger tank or a tankless water heater.
Space. Bathtubs take up more space than most showers. If there isn’t enough space to add a tub, the bathroom renovation may become a more significant project.
Carolina Home Remodeling
Are you looking for a change in your bathrooms? Carolina Home Remodeling are experts in shower to tub conversions. We can work with you to create the bathroom you desire. Contact us at 704-714-5744 and see what we can do for you.