When remodeling your bathroom, you may wonder whether you should choose a tub or shower. Many families choose to install both, and while this can be a great option, others find that going with both has its disadvantages. If you want to choose between them, we have mapped out some of the pros and cons of installing a shower or tub for your design build remodeling project.
Showers Are Less Expensive
A September survey by NerdWallet concluded 34% of home improvement projects during the pandemic were because consumers were spending more time at home. Let’s face it, most families spend time in the bathroom, and deciding between a shower and a tub is a major decision. When you have limited space, a shower takes up less room and uses less water. If you limit a shower to 15 minutes, you can conserve water.
Showers can be easier for an older adult or those with mobility issues to get in and out of. They can be installed with grab bars and the floor coated with non-slip material. You can install a special shower head with massaging water controls, high-end rain showers, or steam showers. Showers can be custom-designed to your specifications. Electric showers have a heating unit and are always ready to be used.
Showers can have different types of doors that open and close, and when you work on your design build remodeling project, a bathroom designer can help you choose the best options. Whether you want a basic shower or a high-end luxury model, they can assist in finding the best choice for you. The shower can have tile on the walls or natural stone. They are quick and convenient but can be used for a long relaxing shower too.
Tubs Have Their Advantages
Perhaps you have a medium-sized or large bathroom and just want a large soaking tub. Tubs are good for bathing smaller children, great for relaxing your sore back or muscles, freestanding can be put anywhere, and tubs have a variety of design choices. Some tubs come with whirlpools and jets. An alcove tub often combines a shower and tub and is designed for convenience. It is often situated along the wall.
There are several types of freestanding tubs you can install too. Clawfoot tubs add style to a bathroom too. Tubs use more water, are harder for older adults to get in and out of, and need a water heater to heat water to fill it. They take longer to bathe in than a quick shower. Still, they are a nice addition to the bathroom and increase its value.
A shower or bathtub alone is a popular choice for many consumers. Of course, you can choose a bathtub with a showerhead that offers convenience and luxury at the same time for your design build remodeling project.