Looking to update your bathroom without giving it a complete overhaul? Do you want a bigger bathroom that better suits your modern living needs?
If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions and your bathroom currently has a bathtub installed, know that one practical, easy solution is to convert the current tub to a shower. When it comes to low maintenance bathroom solutions that offer a bevy of advantages, it doesn’t get much better than a tub-to-shower conversion. Aside from opening up more functional space, there are a variety of other benefits that come with the project too. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of them:
Pros of a Tub-to-Shower Conversion
A Bigger Bathroom
Perhaps the biggest benefit of a tub-to-shower conversion is the larger bathroom you’re likely to attain as a result of the transformation. Yes, ditching the bathtub for a shower stall is one of the best and most practical space saving solutions that you can complete quickly and within budget. A shower is likely to take up far less space than a tub, meaning you’ll have extra room to play around with when laying out your bathroom after it is complete.
Generally speaking, showers use less water than baths. A low-flow showerhead disperses about 2 gallons of water per minute, which would translate to 20 gallons for a 10-minute shower. Conversely, most people use about 30 gallons of water to take a bath. Using less water isn’t just good for the environment, but it will help decrease your water bill as well.
When done correctly, a new shower can really complement the overall decor of your bathroom. You can ditch the shower curtain for good and incorporate glass shower doors or even glass panels into the shower. Your new shower can flow seamlessly with the rest of the bathroom. All that you really need to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom is the aforementioned door or glass panel, and possibly a small ledge to keep water draining properly within the shower stall. You have a lot more options with a shower than you do with a bathtub.
Showers also offer a variety of safety benefits, notably for senior citizens who are aging in place in their current homes. There’s usually only a small step needed to access showers, and they can be outfitted with bathing benches and grab bars to enhance stability and prevent slips.
Cons of Tub to Shower Conversions
While there are a number of advantages of ditching the tub for a shower, there are some drawbacks too:
Not Ideal for Households with Small Children
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of replacing a tub with a shower is that it’s not ideal for bathing young children. It’s not practical to bathe young children in a shower, and it can make such a project problematic if it’s the only full bathroom in the home.
Lack of Relaxation Space
Again, if you only have one full bathroom in the home, eliminating the tub for a shower is going to also eliminate any relaxation space within the home. Slipping into a nice, warm bath is often a welcome treat at the end of a long day.
Contact Matrix Home Solutions Today
For more information on tub to shower conversions, contact Matrix Home Solutions today. We design and custom-make all components so that they fit seamlessly within your bathroom. Don’t settle for the bathroom that you have, make plans today to get the modern-day bathroom that you want. When you work with us at Matrix, you can rest assured that we’ll work with you to accomplish this – and our conversions can be completed in as little as one day. Contact us today for more information and to receive a virtual remodeling quote.