If you’re constantly bent over your bathtub scrubbing out stains or nearly tripping over the side of it every other day, it might be time to say goodbye to the tub life – it might be time to try something a little more modern.
Whether you’re building a brand-new home or are just in serious need of a bathroom update, you should consider installing a walk-in shower instead. Here are just five of the reasons why walk-in showers are better for your home and beat bathtubs any day of the week.
1. They look great
While walk-in showers have plenty of functional benefits, the first thing you’ll notice is how great it looks. “Modern”, “sleek”, and “open” are just a few of the words used to describe them. And because most designs are made of glass, they can even make small bathrooms feel larger than they really are.
Another great thing about walk-in showers? No more ugly shower curtains! You can kiss those tacky things goodbye.
Not really sure how a walk-in shower would fit in with your bathroom? Check out these great walk-in shower ideas for inspiration!
2. They’re safe and accessible
While some of us may have no problem stepping in and out of a bathtub, it can be much more difficult and even dangerous for others. That’s why one of the best things about walk-in showers is how accessible they are. Unlike a bathtub and shower combo, there’s nothing to step over – you literally just “walk-in” (or roll in – walk-in showers can be made wheelchair accessible too!). This greatly reduces the risk of injury and makes bathing much less stressful.
For additional safety, you can add a shower bench or chair, a bar, and non-slip floors. A walk-in shower is just one senior-safe renovation that can provide much-needed peace of mind for the elderly and their caregivers.
3. They’re easy to clean
Most people’s favorite thing about a walk-in shower is how easy it is to clean. The caulk around a bathtub shower can become dirty and moldy fast, and the tub itself becomes scummy and caked with residue after just a couple of uses.
But a walk-in shower doesn’t have all of those hard to reach cracks and crevices – cleaning is as quick and simple as wiping down the sides with a cloth or squeegee and mopping the flat bottom, and their linear drains make them much less prone to clogs.
4. They’re easy to customize
If you think that showers can’t be as luxurious as a bath, you’d be dead wrong. You can do so much more with a walk-in shower than you can with a bathtub shower, like install heated flooring, a sound system, or even a steam sauna.
Plus, they can be as small or as large as you need it to be. So whether it’s in the master bath or the guest bathroom, you can enjoy all the perks of a walk-in shower anywhere in your home.
5. They can improve the value of your home
The two most important rooms for prospective home buyers? The kitchen and the bathroom. Investing the money to update just one of them can add thousands of dollars to your home’s value and make it easier to sell. In fact, most bathroom remodels return nearly 100% of investment at resale, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
It’s not just a nicer looking bathroom that improves your home value – any remodel that improves accessibility gives you a huge advantage in the market.
All-in-all, a walk-in shower is a huge upgrade from the usual tub and shower combo. Whether you make the change to improve your home’s value when you sell or just to enjoy it for yourself, a walk-in shower is truly a worthwhile investment.