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Shower Vs Bathtub: What Option Is Right for Me?

Shower Vs Bathtub: What Option Is Right for Me?

November 13, 2020 | Bathroom Design

When it’s time to remodel your bathroom, one of the most important considerations and decisions you’ll make is whether to choose a bath or shower. The choice you make will completely change the layout and look of your bathroom. It will also play a significant role in the budget for your project.

If you don’t have the space to install a combo shower-tub and need to make a decision, what option is right for you? Whether or not to go for a bathtub or a shower is something almost all homeowners contemplate.

Not to worry, we’ll discuss all of the differences between a shower and a tub with their respective pros and cons so that you can make a choice that not only suits your needs but also adds the most value to your home. The design experts at Columbus Bath Design are here to help! We’ll guide you through the options you need to consider during the design process.

What are some factors to consider in choosing between a shower and a tub?

Regardless of whether you are going to install a new bathtub or a new shower, you need to make plans for the installation well in advance, even before the drywall is installed and other bathroom fixtures are added.

Not only do practical considerations like plumbing need to be addressed, but there is also the challenge of clearance. Especially if you choose a prefabricated unit, your new fixture will need to be physically moved into your home. If there are doors, appliances, or other fixtures in the way, you’ll need to find a way to get around them.

The overall installation process is fairly straightforward regardless of whether you choose a bathtub or a shower. First, the plumbing will be prepared and the floor will be strengthened where the unit will go. Once the drain plumbing is in place, either a shower pan will be put in place or your new tub will be secured and properly plumbed. After tiling and cleanup, and you have your new bathroom!

What are some cost factors to consider?

If you are on a budget, there are some choices you make that can limit costs. For example, a prefab shower is generally less expensive than a custom installed shower with designer tile.

Likewise, a jacuzzi tub will cost far more than a standard tub. The choices you make then drive the cost of finishes like tilework and fixtures. An expert designer, like those at Columbus Bath Design, can walk you through the many choices and options that are available.

In the end, your bathroom needs to be functional for you. If you are on a budget, you may need to adjust your expectations, but the perfect solution is out there for you.

There are styles and designs to suit every budget, so no need to shy away from a bathroom renovation over concern about cost.

What are other factors to consider when deciding between bathtub and shower?

Other factors that are important to consider include energy and cost efficiency, convenience for family members, available space, and maintenance.

When it comes to energy and cost efficiency, the most significant consideration is water usage and capacity. For instance, a standard bathtub will hold around 25 to 40 gallons of water, while a whirlpool tub generally uses 80 to 100. And with a bigger tub, you may also need to consider the size of your hot water heater!

Another important consideration is to pay attention to the use you expect. A tub may be a great idea for parents with small children, but a shower is a far better plan for older people who may not be comfortable climbing into a tub for a shower. If you are short on time in the morning, a shower is much quicker than a tub, which needs to be filled with hot water before bathing.

When it comes to available space, the choice may be made for you. A tub takes up a lot of space, usually 72 inches long and 30 inches wide. Showers are generally 36 by 48 inches, meaning they have a much smaller footprint than a bathtub.

Finally, maintenance considerations should be key to your decision. Showers are generally easier to maintain and clean than a tub, but showers also have more glass and tile surfaces that need to be kept free from mineral deposits and grime. Whichever choice you make will determine the type and schedule of maintenance you’ll need to keep.

How do I get started designing the bathroom of my dreams?

That’s the easy part, just give us a call! One of the expert designers at Columbus Bath Design will walk you through the different options available and help you put together an installation plan that fits your style and budget. We look forward to helping you create the perfect bathroom oasis.

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