Walk through a recently remodeled bathroom and you might notice something—the bathtub’s missing. In fact, 60% of homeowners prefer a shower over a tub, according to the National Association of Realtors. Once the centerpiece of countless bathroom designs, many homeowners find that a traditional tub feels dated and underutilized. For that reason, among others, more homeowners than ever before are upgrading their bathrooms with tub-to-shower conversions.
Especially in homes where each square foot is precious, ditching the tub can be a great solution for the perfect full or even partial bathroom remodel. More than a simple replacement, modern showers are an artistic blend of form and function. Beautiful designs and materials, slip and mold resistant finishes, and an array of shower door options mean showers feel more spa-like than utilitarian.
But is this trend of throwing the tub out with the bathwater a smart choice for you? Maybe. Here are four reasons to consider:
1. Peace of mind
Traditional bathtubs can be a source of stress for homeowners. Porcelain tubs built in the mid 1970s, for example, may have lead in the glaze or even contain lead dust, exposing homeowners to dangerous levels of lead poisoning.
For more mature adults and those with limited mobility, getting into and out of a traditional tub can be difficult, A tub-to-shower conversion is ideal for homeowners who want to maximize their bathroom’s comfort and safety. When combined with modern grab bars and seating accessories, showers are safe and easy to access and navigate.
2. Lower maintenance
Less upkeep means less stress – and less pain! Scrubbing a tub is hard on backs and knees. A new shower built with modern materials such as grout-free, mold-resistant wall surrounds reduces the amount of maintenance a bathroom requires. Imagine never having to re-grout or scrub away mildew again!
3. A spa-like aesthetic
Modern bathrooms are more than just a utilitarian space. In fact, the privacy a bathroom affords, along with new products, design elements and accessories can turn this space into an in-home spa you’ll enjoy spending time in.
Replacing an old tub with a sleek shower instantly creates the minimalist vibe of an expensive spa. Luxurious materials like stone, wood, or tile make the shower not only functional, but eye-catching, as well. The addition of accessories like seamless bench seating, frameless shower doors, and built-in shelving add a level of uncompromising convenience and style.
Upgrade your lighting, and add a basket of spa essentials such as scented soaps, lotions and candles for an aromatherapy experience you can’t wait to come home to.
4. Maximized space
The average bathroom has a footprint of just 35-40 square feet. In a room this small, every square inch is valuable real estate. Replacing a bathtub with a shower gives homeowners back an average of five square feet of space. That’s enough extra storage for towels, soaps and lotions, and other essentials.
As an added bonus, replacing your tub with a glass-enclosed shower can create the illusion of space, making your bathroom feel larger than it is. Speak to a design professional to see what your best options are for making the most of your bathroom’s footprint.
Tub-to-shower conversions are increasingly popular in remodels. It’s no wonder; ditching the traditional bathtub in favor of a modern, easily maintained, aesthetically pleasing shower adds value and space to a home.
The ability to design and install your new shower in days, not weeks, is unique to the Re-Bath process. By custom-fitting your new shower into the space where your bathtub resides, your bathroom is “under construction” for the shortest possible amount of time. Contact your local Re-Bath showroom to learn more about tub-to-shower conversions.