One of the most important decisions you’ll make when remodeling your bathroom is whether to install a bathtub or a walk-in shower. Though many homeowners still choose a combination tub or shower, trendier standalone options have a lot to offer, particularly if you have more than one bathroom or a tight spatial configuration. Though the right choice ultimately depends on personal preference, these tips will help you decide which option is best for your bathroom remodel.
How to Choose Between a Bathtub or Shower for Your Remodeled Bathroom
Bathtubs are the perfect place to lay back and relax after a long day. With so many design styles and special features available, it’s easy to customize. Opt for a simple freestanding tub for a timeless look, or enhance your tub by opting for a corner or alcove model with jets and bubbles. Better still, these installations are usually cheaper than a walk-in shower. They’re also much better suited for bathing small children, so keep tubs in mind if you have little ones at home.
However, bathtubs aren’t always convenient. Because they require more floorspace, they aren’t suited to smaller bathrooms. Taking a bath may sometimes require more water than a shower, which can drive up your utility expenses. The elderly and those with mobility issues are often unable to use bathtubs due to a risk for slip and fall accidents.
Showers are the fastest, most efficient way to bathe. They’re ideal for those who wish to make the most of a smaller bathroom. Low-flow shower heads will further improve energy efficiency. It’s easy to make showers friendly for the elderly by adding a shower chair.
Despite these conveniences, walk-in showers aren’t without their drawbacks. They’re more expensive to install on average. Shower doors also tend to require more maintenance and cleaning than other bathroom installations. While walk-in showers can come with a variety of luxurious amenities, such as steam-shower fittings, toiletry niches, and benches, you won’t be able to recline as you would in a bath.
No matter which option you choose for your bathroom renovations, trust Santoro Home Improvements in New Haven County, CT, to get the job done right. This general contractor brings over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge of custom design work to help you create your dream home. Their fully licensed staff will connect you with top-notch products and quality craftsmanship. To learn more about their remodeling work, visit them online or call (203) 287-9787.