Tub to Shower Conversion: Is it Right For Me?
Most homes have a traditional tub and shower combo. When kids are little and you need to bathe them, an actual tub makes a great deal of sense. However, as your family’s demographic changes, your kids grow up and move away or perhaps your health becomes a mitigating factor, which makes stepping over a tub edge cumbersome at best, it might be time to convert your tub into a shower. Read on to learn more about tub to shower conversion and its benefits:
What is a Tub to Shower Conversion?
Converting a tub to shower is basically what it sounds like, removing your tub and shower combo and replacing it with a standalone shower stall. If you are like most homeowners, this is a job you have to outsource to a professional. After all, it’s important to have everything properly plumbed to ensure there are no leaks and everything works as it should. This requires professional knowhow.
Benefits of Converting Your Tub to a Shower
Now we will consider the many benefits of transforming your tub/shower combo into a walk-in shower. They are listed below:
- It Increases Your Home’s Resale Value: According to the American Institute of Architects Home Trend Survey, around 65% of homeowners prefer stall showers over tub/shower combos. In addition, doorless showers are an upscale addition to homes that remain trending in the industry. This means more and more potential buyers will be looking for this feature in homes, so adding a standalone shower will almost certainly make your home more desirable to potential buyers in the future. Be aware, though, most potential buyers do want a tub present somewhere in the home, so it’s a good idea to keep a traditional tub in at least one bathroom in your home, perhaps a guest bathroom.
- It’s Safer: America’s older adult population is on the rise, meaning there are more and more people who have to consider fall risks when they shower. In fact, as you age, you need to think about the practicality of a walk-in shower and realize it can reduce your risk of falling substantially if you no longer have to step over the side of a tub.
- It Provides Additional Space in Tight Quarters: When you get rid of a tub; it removes the sloped walls and opens up floor space. This instantly creates more square footage in a bathroom which is especially beneficial if your bathroom is on the small side and could enjoy some additional floor space.
- Stylistically Beneficial: Another benefit a shower only offers above a shower/tub combo is the ability to use shower doors or half walls, instead of a traditional shower rod and curtain. You can also build in a seat in the shower with tile. Bottom line, having a free standing shower provides you with a wide range of stylistic options.
- Easier to Maintain: Finally, the traditional materials used to construct older tub/shower combos can be difficult to clean and maintain, requiring regular scrubbing. Today’s materials are built not only for durability but are designed to be easy to clean and maintain. Therefore, replacing your old tub, which was constructed with old materials that are difficult to clean, with a modern shower is a great way to cut down on the maintenance and cleaning you have to do in your bathroom.
Updating your current tub shower combo into a standalone shower is a great idea for all the reasons listed above and more. Contact us today to learn more about getting the process started.