One of the most important decisions that you need to make if you have limited bathroom space is whether you should have a shower or a tub. In this blog, one of the top bathroom remodeling contractors in Colorado LuxStone® of Colorado compares these two bathroom components.
The reason why it’s so hard to choose between a shower and a tub is because they share many similarities, in addition to the fact that you can bathe in either of them. Both are available in a variety of styles and materials that will fit any bathroom design. Both can be fitted with water-saving and therapeutic water flow options: tubs can feature built-in jets that release massaging jets of water, while showers can be equipped with rainfall or waterfall showerheads.
There are enough differences between tubs and showers that it bears some planning before you start hiring shower and bathtub installation contractors:
- Floor Area — An average shower stall or walk-in shower takes up about 9 square feet, while a standard tub takes about 13 feet. If you want to maximize your bathroom’s floor area, a shower stall is ideal. A walk-in tub is a possible compromise between the two, space-wise. While it is designed for the elderly and mobility impaired, it requires only the same floor space as shower stalls.
- Accessibility — There are quite a few considerations that need to be made if you have loved ones who have limitations with accessibility. In addition to the aforementioned walk-in tub, curbless showers are likewise suitable for family members who have difficulty getting into a tub or partitioned shower stall.
- Your Bathing Habits — You have to consider your bathing habits—and your family’s, if it’s a shared bathroom—when choosing between tub and shower. If you don’t have time to use a tub, a shower is more suitable. However, if you have young children that requires supervised bathing, then a tub is ideal. Work with bathtub replacement contractors if you need more help in choosing between the two.
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