As the reign of tubs with showers fade, walk-in showers steal the spotlight. They're convenient, minimalistic, and elegant, so if you're thinking of joining the bandwagon, here are the pros and cons of walk-in showers:
Advantages of Walk-In Showers
Walk-in showers offer high versatility, allowing homeowners to install them in bathrooms of any size or customize them to any shape to suit their spaces. You don't need a large area to possess a walk-in shower: a walk-in shower can claim its spot anywhere as long as you install it with proper drainage.
Walk-in showers provide homeowners with better accessibility than bathtubs with showers. They eliminate the need for stepping over ledges or entering steep thresholds to shower, eliminating the chances of tripping and making them perfect for senior homeowners and people with disabilities.
Easy to Clean
Homeowners with little time to spare in cleaning their bathrooms will benefit well from walk-in showers. Walk-in showers possess fewer corners and lesser spots for grime and dirt buildup. You also don't need to worry about cleaning a tub.
If you're keen on saving energy and using less water, walk-in showers are perfect. They consume 17 gallons of water, seven gallons less than a bath's 24-gallon consumption. Homeowners seeking long-term environment and budget-friendly solutions will benefit well from walk-in showers.
With their simple and straightforward design, walk-in showers support a minimalistic lifestyle. Walk-in showers can seamlessly blend in with your whole bathroom, and you'll find satisfaction in its harmonious, no-distraction appearance.
Cons of a Walk-In Shower
Walk-in showers aren't as separate as tubs, so homeowners with walk-in showers may find themselves with a lack of privacy. You can remedy this issue using curtains or by installing textured glass walls, but it may still bother you if you have kids that occasionally barge in your bathroom.
Taking hot showers in walk-in showers raises your bathroom's humidity and moisture levels, which leads to eventual mold growth. Homeowners should also note that water can splash on their bathroom's other parts as the walk-in shower is used, leading to a messy or slippery bathroom.
Walk-in showers tend to be slippery when wet, so you'll need to take this into account when installing one. You can prevent slipping by installing shower handles or non-slip tiles or simply placing non-slip mats on the right areas.
Remodeling your bathroom into having a walk-in shower may be costly, with prefabricated walk-in showers costing a minimum of $600 while custom walk-in showers cost a minimum of $2000. You'll also need to factor in its installation and a drainage system different from a traditional tub's drainage system.
Installing Walk-In Showers
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