The age-old question when remodeling your bathroom has finally appeared — should I install a shower or a bathtub? And truthfully, it varies between each homeowner. Keep reading to check out what you need to consider when comparing a shower with a bathtub.
Think About the Space
While you may want a bathtub and a shower, not all bathrooms have enough space to hold both. Before installing either, you need to think about and measure the area. Having the measurements will help you narrow down what fits the best in your restroom. If you are looking for smaller options, showers can run smaller than bathtubs.
Consider Which You Use the Most
It may sound silly to think about which one you will use the most, but it is a step that you cannot forget. Sometimes we get so hung up on the design or style of the shower or tub that we forget to consider the one we plan on using the most. If you need quick, convenient bathing, then stick with a shower. If you like to soak and relax, then go with a tub.
Think About Your Lifestyle
The lifestyle you have or the disabilities you have can make your decision between a shower or a bathtub easier. For example, if you can not physically get up and down from a tub, then a shower may be better for you. On the other hand, if you have children or pets, a tub would fit your lifestyle better. The best thing to do is make a list of what you and your family’s bathing needs are, and then choose an option that works for everyone.
Calculate Your Budget
Your budget will always play a hand in any project you do around the house. So, your shower or tub is no exception. In general, tubs are cheaper to install. It typically costs $400-$8000 to place a tub in your bathroom, while showers cost around $450 to $10000.
Consider the Resale Value
If you don’t plan on living in your home for the rest of your life, you can consider the resale value between a bathtub and shower. You may be wondering what is the ROI or resale value when having a tub vs a shower? And, it truly depends on who the next owner is. If it is a single individual or empty nesters, showers typically are fine. But if it is a family, bathtubs are the way to go. We suggest having at least one bathtub in the house.
Measure Your Water Usage
The amount of water you use to bathe makes an impact on not only your water bill but the environment as well. Did you know that today’s smart, efficient showerheads only use about 17 gallons of water compared to 24 gallons that baths use? So if you are looking for a money saver and an eco-friendly option, we recommend sticking with a shower.
Would you pick a shower or a bathtub? Or do you want both? No matter what option you go with, Valor Home Services is here to help. We have a team of bathroom remodeling experts who can tackle bathrooms of any size. For more information or to book your next remodel, contact us today.