In all modern bathroom designs, the most important element to consider is the walk in shower. Opening the style of the bathroom will provide a new fresh and luxurious look to the whole home. The walk in shower has been the most prevalent remodeling trend in the past decade. There are a number of benefits provided by this sleek design. If you are thinking to redesign your home spaces and give a little bit more of a spa-like look, then you are on the right path. However if you are not careful there are a some aspects of these showers that can have unintended consequences.
Pro – The walk in in shower with its no threshold or door blends with the rest of the bathroom and gives an elegant look.
The frame of the shower will now have enough space for a large bench, and a wide and tall shampoo niche, or maybe a nice teak seat to add some personality to the design. Imagine 1 by 1 inch tile wrapping around the entire bathroom, not only will this blended style make the space look uniform, it will make it look and feel larger.
Con – The combination of moisture, soap, shampoo, and smooth surfaces make your shower floor one of the most slippery and dangerous places in your home.
Unless the frame gives enough clearance, not having a door may bring splashes to the outside bathroom floor, and may cause the outside floor to become slippery. To cover all your options use slip-resistant flooring and a rainfall shower head.
Pro – Plan for your retirement. when you become 65+ the zero threshold aspect of walk in showers makes bathing accessible for people of all levels of mobility.
Accordion to the National Institute of ageing seniors want to stay in their current home as they grow older and one in three seniors take a fall in their bathroom. The accessibility of the walk in shower would be a great benefit even for a wheelchair patient.
Con – Because of the open access, a walk-in shower won’t retain heat as much as a closed in design
Letting out the hot air and the relaxing atmosphere, and will increase the humidity in the rest of the room. A small wall or barrier may be beneficial for unwanted air streams. Another option you may want to consider to keep your bathroom warm and cozy is heated floors.
Pro – A classic shower, like the traditional shower cabin and base, has hard to clean parts and corners where dirt or mold can easily settle.
A walk-in shower has opposite characteristics. These spacious showers often have a minimalist design with few places where water and dirt can settle. When installed correctly, a walk-in shower drains the water more quickly and efficiently, which means less cleaning and more enjoying! Its surfaces are smooth and nonporous, so simple wipe down and they are as good as new.
Con – Even though the design is unique and the practicality is important, the price of a walk-in shower is usually higher than the one of a regular shower.
When remodeling or replacing your shower, keep in mind that there could be some unanticipated costs with plumbing. The older your home is, the more likely that these cost overruns will happen as plumbing is fixed or brought up to code.
BOTTOM LINE… A walk-in shower offers homeowners many benefits like easy accessibility and lower maintenance making it a perfect choice if you’re planning on aging-in-place. While there are some drawbacks, they’re minor when weighed against the benefits. With the exception of not having a large enough space, using frosted glass, and installing a radiant floor heating system can go a long way towards making an open shower the perfect choice.
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American Bath has been creating beautiful bathrooms and smiling customers around Maryland since 1989. We specialize only in remodeling bathrooms and are highly experienced, attentive, licensed, bonded, and insured. We offer you the option to purchase all or some of your bathroom fixtures from wherever you choose. Since we don’t need a company showroom, inventory, or warehouse, we can keep our overhead low and pass the substantial savings onto you!
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