When it’s time to remodel your bathroom there are a few key factors to consider when thinking about eliminating your outdated bathtub. You will spend approximately 2 years of your life in the bathroom and when looking to the future a Tub to Shower Conversion is a great choice! The best way to start your research for a Tub to Shower Conversion project is to consider these 3 things to decide if this transformation is ideal for you; Accessibility, Design and Resale Value.
Accessibility is the most important aspect of a shower unit. Low curb or no curb showers makes entry a breeze as you don’t have the burden of climbing over a tub skirt. Linear Drains are growing in popularity offering a sleek look for any shower application and the function of a barrier free shower unit for wheel chair access. A nice open shower stall to enter offers more room to maneuver without assistance and also provides for better placement and reach of grab bars.
Design options are endless with tiled showers, fiberglass units or Solid Surface products. Tiled showers will offer the best custom features in drain selections, glass enclosures, custom sizing of recessed shower shelves & shaving niches and shower benches which can be built to specific sizes to meet your needs. Fiberglass and Solid Surface products such as Swanstone will provide fewer options but a quicker turnaround time with installation and definitely a great benefit for a home with one bathroom or when budget is at stake.
Resale Value of your home can be a big concern, especially if you have one bathroom and you are in need of a shower unit. Most people believe that you must have a bathtub to sell the home in the future, however, with all the growing trends in the bathroom industry, new products and designs most consumers are more concerned with having a functional shower unit to use until they can remodel the bathroom to fit their taste and liking. Don’t be afraid to ask your Realtor about general statistics of homes sold in your area that solely have shower units and most importantly, make your home the way you want it for the time that you live there!