Stepping up their shower game with a walk in shower is every homeowner’s dream, be it custom-made or prefab. So many people are ditching the bathtub for it, for a good reason. Walk-in showers look stunning, act as a superb centrepiece of the bathroom while giving you the functionality you need.
But don’t be too quick to tear out your bathtub for it. Here are a few must-knows to get the best out of your bathroom remodelling.
- How much does it cost?
The cost is as flexible. It can be as affordable or as top-of-the-line as you would like it to be.
The cost of the enclosure and the shower tray stays primarily standard. Much of the price will go into the tiles and the fittings. You’ll have a wide variety of options from simple and affordable to elegant and luxurious.
On average, a walk-in shower costs around £545 on the lower end to £2,500 on the more premium end.
- How much freedom is there in terms of design?
When you opt for a custom design, you’ll have more leeway. In that, you can choose between installing glass panels or even glass blocks on one or more sides. You can also select the wall shape from the traditional squares and hexagonal lines to the bold curved wall. Another is you can choose the colour and type of tiles for the floor and walls.
You can also create a shower that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recommendations to accommodate a person with disability issues to permit easy in-and-out access.
- What are its disadvantages?
Ideally, a home should have at least a full-sized tub. Real estate agents and appraisers classify bathrooms by fixtures. For example, they classify a bathroom with a shower only and not a tub as a three-quarter bath.
Before opting for a walk-in shower, one thing to consider is that it offers less privacy. It can also create a draughty feeling while showering.
- How is it different from a wet room?
It’s the tray and the glass walls. Walk-in showers offer separation from the rest of the room with its walls and how it catches the water with the tray. On the other hand, a wet room is immersed with the room. It has less to even no glass walls at all and a direct drain for the water.
- How can you care for a walk-in shower?
A top-notch exhaust fan is a must. It’s essential to remove the room’s excess humidity before showering. To hold your bathroom essentials such as bath gel, conditioner, shampoo, and bath soap, go for an open-bottom shower caddy to avoid slimy residue. It is also important to use commercial glass cleaners to keep the glass crystal clear after every shower.
While walk-in showers look fit for royalty, the options are limitless. Businesses that specialize in bathroom equipment are there to satisfy your taste and needs. All that while still being kind to your pockets.