There are some benefits to keeping the original bathtub, or simply replacing it with a newer model. If you are about to replace your tub with a shower, there are a few things to bear in mind before calling a bathroom contractor out.
Expense of a Bathroom Conversion
One of the biggest considerations before your bathroom conversion is cost. It is usually more expensive to remove the old tub and install a shower enclosure, especially if the project involves changing the bathroom layout or adding custom features. However, a simple bathtub replacement can be less than a thousand dollars. At Luxury Bath of Texoma, we install the new shower in the same enclosure as the old bathtub, which helps keep the price down.
Convenience and Accessibility of Showers
The bathtub may also be less convenient for busy couples, and older homeowners who are having mobility issues. If you don't like taking baths very often, this fixture takes up a lot of space and requires extra cleaning that you won't want to do. High tub walls are also an impediment to easy access to the bath or shower when you have a hard time standing or lifting your legs.
Water Usage of a Bathtub
Bathtubs also tend to use more water than a shower. The average bath uses between 20 and 30 gallons of water, while a shower uses only 10 to 20 gallons of water. If you take longer showers, you might want to consider soaking more often with a little less water. However, you can achieve a greater reduction if your showers are kept short.
Square Footage Taken Up
There is also the consideration of space, both usable and visual. A bathtub/shower combo simply takes up a lot of square footage making a small bathroom seem even smaller. By converting to a shower, you can open up this room, so that it is easier to maneuver in and looks better. We also have a selection of compact shower enclosures that can give you a few more feet of room for storage too.
Your bathroom should be a place where you can relax without feeling cramped or struggling to get clean. With a little help from the right Wichita Falls bathroom contractor, you can make the most of this area of the home. Allow Luxury Bath of Texoma to tell you more about our bath-to-shower conversions during a complimentary consultation. Give us a call or fill out our online quote form to reach a friendly representative right away.
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