You haven’t used it in forever. It serves no purpose other to collect soap scum, mildew, and dirt. You hate cleaning it and wish you could get rid of it. What are we talking about? Your bathtub!
If this resonates with you, it’s time to consider a tub to shower conversion. After all, what good is a bathtub if it’s never used? A tub to shower conversion can be a wise investment and stylish upgrade if you don’t take baths, suffer from lack of space in a smaller bathroom, or for household members who need a more accessible shower.
What is a Tub to Shower Conversion?
A tub to shower conversion is a fairly hassle-free renovation that involves removing an existing bathtub and replacing it with a shower-only bathing option. It’s one of the most popular and impactful remodeling upgrades for those who rarely take a bath or have difficulty entering and exiting the tub due to mobility issues.
Benefits of a Tub-to-Shower Conversion
There are several reasons a homeowner may want to swap out their tub for a shower. For some, the goal is to improve the look of a bathroom. Others may want to make better use of space, especially in bathroom with a small footprint. While others still want to improve functionality and accessibility. Read on as we discuss these and other benefits below.
1. Better Use of Space
A bathtub can take up a lot of valuable room in a small bathroom. If members of a household rarely, if ever, use the bathtub, a shower can often be a better use of space. In fact, a shower doesn’t need to be as large as a tub, freeing up valuable space for storage or a larger vanity or simply giving the room a more open feel.
2. Reduced Water Bills
Taking a shower uses significantly less water than taking a bath. By converting an existing tub into a shower, a homeowner can reduce their water consumption substantially, leading to a reduction in water bills. That is, of course, unless someone takes very long showers. Try to keep showers to 10 minutes or less – your water bill and your skin will thank you.
3. Improved Safety
One of the most common injuries to occur in a bathroom is related to stepping over the wall of a bathtub while getting in and out. Removing this obstacle and installing a a shower with a small curb or a zero-entry shower can greatly improve safety.
4. Easier Accessibility
Stepping into a shower is much easier than stepping into a bathtub, regardless of one’s age or physical ability. A standard shower will have just a small curb or may even be curb-less, making getting in and out simple.
5. Lower Maintenance
Generally speaking, a bathtub requires more maintenance and cleaning time than a shower. Unlike a tub, the walls of a shower are straight and seamless with fewer edges where soap scum and debris can accumulate. No matter how often a tub is cleaned, mold can accumulate along the caulk lines, soap scum can gather on rounded interior surfaces, and hard water minerals can buildup on rounded corners.
6. Improved Aesthetics
A thoughtfully designed walk-in shower tends to look more elegant than a basic bathtub. There is an endless array of shower products available in different finishes, colors, patterns, and textures. Plus, the addition of multiple shower heads and a built-in bench can turn your bathroom into a soothing and relaxing retreat.
Ready to get rid of that dated bathtub for good? Or perhaps you need more information and professional advice. Either way, the home improvement professionals at Pann Home Services are ready to assist. Contact us today.