In an idealistic world we could have it all. Two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bathtub. But as reality sets in we realize some houses only come with one bathroom and we could be forced to choose between a shower and a tub.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Shower enclosures and tubs can be designed to work with your space. Shower enclosures tend to keep the bathroom floor drier than a shower bath. The water stays inside the enclosure. Steam also has a harder time escaping from shower enclosures. Quick showers beat out bathtubs in water conservation, but longer showers use more water than can fill up the largest standard bathtub. However, shower units can become expensive depending on the design. Fixing showers can be a hassle and time-intensive also.
Bathtubs work better for families with small children than showers. However, they are more difficult for the elderly or those with limited mobility to access. Did you know Refinish First can convert your existing bathtub into a walk-in tub? This makes entry and exit safer and easier and is an ideal solution for children, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to avoid injury.
Despite the differences between bathtubs and showers, if you ever plan on selling your one-bathroom home, it’s good to remember, buyers generally prefer tubs over showers. A shower-bathtub combo can also be a good compromise for a one-bathroom home.