Walk in Shower vs. bathtub pros and cons

When it comes to showers and bathtubs in the home, the most common type of fixture you will see is the shower/ tub combo. This is because they are very practical due to the fact that you have both options in the same place. A common trend for those with the space and the money is to get a free standing tub and a separate glass paneled shower.  Realistically many people do not have the budget or the space for such a project. So the question when you are doing a bathroom remodel is bath, shower, or a combo? Here we are going to take a quick look at the pros and cons of a bathtub and shower.

Bathtub Pros

  • Great for bathing small children.
  • They are available in a variety of sizes to suit differing needs.
  • Perfect for relaxation.
  • Various special features such as whirlpool and air jets.
  • There are free standing units that are finished on all sides. This means they can be placed just about anywhere.
  • Many different styles of design to choose from.

Bathtub Cons

  • Takes up a lot of space.
  • Difficulty for elderly and people with injuries to gain access.
  • Requires more water to get clean.
  • More time consuming to fill the tub with water.
  • You will require a water heater that can heat enough water to fill the tub. Most water heaters hold 30-50 gallons of hot water. A tub can require 30 gallons to bathe.

Shower Pros

  • Uses less water than a tub. The average shower uses about 20 gallons of water vs 30 for a tub.
  • Small foot print.
  • Easier access for elderly and people with mobility issues. Showers can be equipped with non-slip surfaces, grab bars, and benches.
  • A shower is quick and convenient.

Shower cons

  • Shower doors can require a lot of cleaning to keep them from getting visible lime or calcium stains.
  • Not practical for people with children.
  • They can be more expensive to install.

When it comes to a return on investment, keep in mind that you may be selling to a family you may be better off keeping at least one tub in the house.

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