Pros & Cons Of Walk In Shower Conversion

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.

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