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If you’re remodelling your bathroom, apart from the endless choices of wall color, floor tile, fixtures, and numerous other decisions, whether to invest in a shower or bathtub should be high on your list of to-do’s.

You may think you know what you want, but these reasons to invest in one or the other may change even the most stubborn of minds. We will take a look at the key pros of both showers and bathtubs to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

Shower Pros

Space:

Showers, in general, take up less space. Hunker.com says that it is recommended that you start with an idea of a shower that is 36 inches by 36 inches.

Bathtubs are generally in the area of 32 inches by 60 inches. As you can see, the length of a bathtub is going to account for most of the space.

Accessibility:

Do you have an elderly person or person with mobility impairment living in your home? Or even comes to stay with you often? Walk-in showers are easier to step into and out of.

You can also be sure to install bars to hold onto or include benches for added accessibility.

Less water use:

Now that the promising trend of going green is bigger than ever, you must think about the amount of water consumption your bathtub or shower uses.

In general, showers surprisingly use less water than bathtubs.

Takecareoftexas.org says, “A standard showerhead flows at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. This means that a ten-minute shower only uses 25 gallons of water. A full bath can use up to 70 gallons of water. Using these numbers, a shower will use less water in most cases.” Of course, these findings depend on many variables, but these numbers are safe to use as a generalization.

There are even more ways to reduce water use in showers, such as installing a water-saving showerhead. These showerheads save water by restricting the amount of water that flows through them but still provide ample shower pressure.

You can even go as far as to install what Forbes calls “the tesla of showers”. This showerhead is made by Orbital Systems. It “filters out particulate matter and microbes from drain water and then sends it back through the head.” Sounds like a great environmentally friendly option!

Bathtub Pros

Resale value:

Think about the potential future buyer of your home. If your home is one that is fit for a family, having at least one bathtub in the house is essential. It would be difficult to bathe babies and toddlers in a shower.

Jonathan J. Miller, president of top New York appraisal firm Miller Samuel, explains,

“For a young family, not having a tub is an issue. So the risk of impacting the value rises as the apartment size rises.”

Budget:

In general, bathtubs are cheaper to remodel and install. According to HomeAdvisor, the average for installing a shower is $3,692, while the average for installing a bathtub is $2,838.

While this is not a huge difference, every decision in your budget adds up, and these prices can vary greatly depending on tile/wall choices, fixtures and other decisions.

Health benefits:

There is no doubt that taking a bath is a relaxing experience. You can let your stress melt away with just warm water and a bath bomb. You can even think about making a small investment in a bathroom tray for books, candles and a glass of wine.

For those with anxieties or who are just over-stressed, taking a bath can be a natural way to find comfort.

As well as mental health benefits, there are also physical health benefits to taking a bath. Among numerous other benefits, they can help to relieve muscle pain, soothe irritated skin and induce better sleep.

After reading the pros and cons of showers vs. bathtubs you, of course, do not have to feel like choosing one or the other is the only option. Many people opt for both. If you have the space and budget to have both a walk-in shower and a separate bathtub, why not have the best of both worlds! Having both addresses personal preferences and works better for certain families, such as those with small children.

Are you ready to remodel your master, guest or hallway bathroom? We at Holland Homes can turn your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary. Whether you decide to opt for a bathtub or shower, we can create the perfect bathroom space for you. Contact us today to discuss your vision and together, we can bring it to life.

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