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Should we replace our Greenwood home’s tub with a walk-in shower?

Apr 23, 2024

Walk-in showers have become one of the most popular choices in Greenwood homes. While they come it a wide variety of formats and styles, the basic concept is the same. Instead of having to climb over the edge of a tub when you’re ready to shower, you simply walk through a floor-height door. Walk-in showers tend to be easier to keep clean, and they’re much easier to use for people who have mobility issues or are even experiencing the effects of normal aging.

Replacing tubs with walk-in showers

One of the most common bathroom upgrades you’ll see in Greenwood homes is installing a walk-in shower in place of old-fashioned bathtubs. That’s especially true if you live in an older home, such as one built in the 1950s or 1960s. When those homes were built, there were fewer options, and most people opted for the familiar bathtub. More recently, owners of those homes looked at improvements such as walk-in showers as easy ways to modernize the look of their homes and upgrade its conveniences.

Is a walk-in shower right for you?

No two households are identical, and that’s why there’s no single answer about deciding between a bathtub and a walk-in shower. The right choice for you depends upon how you use what you have. For example, how frequently do you use the bathtub for bathing? Does your family include small children or seniors who may need assistance in the bath? Do you prefer the relaxation of a leisurely soak in the tub or the convenience of a quick shower? Those questions are especially important if your house has only one bathtub.

Will a walk-in shower fit in your home?

As you evaluate your bathroom’s space and layout, consider factors such as its size and shape. Walk-in showers are typically more space-efficient than bathtubs, making them ideal for smaller bathrooms or awkward layouts. Your existing plumbing may need to be moved or replaced to accommodate a walk-in shower’s requirements. Also consider accessibility and safety aspects. Depending on your family’s needs, a walk-in shower with grab bars and non-slip flooring could be a safer, more accessible option.

Planning to sell your home?

If you don’t expect to remain in your home for more than a few years, consider the potential impact of your walk-in shower conversion on the resale value of your home. While they’re increasingly popular among homeowners for their modern aesthetic and accessibility features, some buyers may still prefer having at least one bathtub in the home.

Maintenance and cleaning 

While bathtubs and walk-in showers may be similar, they have different requirements for cleaning and maintenance. Bathtubs require regular scrubbing to prevent the buildup of soap scum, mold, and mildew. Some bathtub materials may be more prone to staining or damage. Walk-in showers typically feature smooth, non-porous surfaces that are easy to clean and maintain. Regularly cleaning grout lines, glass enclosures, and shower fixtures will prevent soap residue and mineral deposits from accumulating.

Cost considerations

Before you start work on replacing a bathtub with a walk-in shower, be sure you’ve considered the total cost of the project. For example, the cost of materials such as tiles, shower doors, faucets, and showerheads can vary significantly depending on the quality and design. Options like built-in seating, niche shelving, rainfall showerheads, and steam units may add to the overall cost but may be features that will make your daily shower a pleasure. 

Turn to the walk-in shower experts

You can install your own walk-in shower, but even the most experienced DIYer will find it to be a complex and difficult task, especially if you haven’t had experience with ceramic tile and other commonly used substrates. That’s why it makes more sense to do what so many of your Greenwood neighbors have done and turn to the bathroom renovation experts at Johnson Heating Cooling & Plumbing. They’ll discuss your needs and options, help you get the greatest value for your walk-in shower, and protect you from mistakes homeowners often make.

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