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Planning A New Bathroom? How To Choose Between A Bathtub Or Shower Enclosure

Posted by Kevin Taylor


When it comes to outfitting a new bathroom, many homeowners face a tough choice: should they install a bathtub or go for a shower enclosure? Both have their pros and cons, and it can be hard to decide which is the best option for your needs – especially if you don’t have space for both in the same room. Whether you're still trying to make up your mind or have already decided on one or the other, read on as we explore both options and offer useful advice.

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Do You Have Enough Space For A Bathtub? 

The first step in making your decision is to assess how much space you have available. Bathtubs take up quite a bit of room, so a shower enclosure may be a better option if you're tight on space. People don’t generally have baths every day, so you’ll need a wall-mounted shower even if you install a bathtub. These can be a slip hazard and also increase the risk of water and steam damage to the surrounding room, as it’s impossible to contain the shower water in the same way as a shower cubicle. You’ll need to invest in good quality extraction equipment if you plan on using a bathtub shower. 

Are You Prone To Leaks? 

Another thing to consider is whether you're prone to leaks. If you have had problems with water damage from bathtubs in the past, then a shower enclosure may be a better option, as they are generally less prone to leaks than bathtubs. However, you don't have to go for a traditional shower cubicle. Add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your bathroom without compromising convenience with a timeless glass shower pod.

How Much Time Do You Spend In The Bathroom? 

Think about how much time you spend in the bathroom. If you're someone who likes to take long baths, find it difficult to stand, or run daily baths for young children, then a high-quality bathtub may be the best option for you. However, a shower enclosure may be more practical if you're a busy person who doesn't have time for long baths, live in a multiple adult household or one with teenage children, or if you enjoy the luxury of a long, hot standing shower! There are shower pods available for any shape of the bathroom. From corner pods to alcove pods, there's sure to be one that's perfect for your needs.

Are You Planning To Sell Your Property? 

Having a clear end use in mind is essential when choosing between a bathtub or shower enclosure. If you're selling your property in the near future, or doing up a house for the rental market, it's worth noting that many potential buyers and tenants will be families with young children, and they may prefer a bathtub over a shower. However, if you're renting out an apartment for the young professional or student markets, then it's more important to go for a shower enclosure as this is what most single or childless tenants are looking for. For multiple occupancy student accommodation, in particular, a bathtub in a shared bathroom can get pretty grim.

What Has The Trend Been? 

Over the last few years, the trend has been for people to move away from traditional bathtubs and towards shower enclosures, in part due to the high price of gas-powered hot water boilers. It is also because of the many benefits that showers offer, such as being more convenient and taking up less space. With shower pods being even a better option than conventional showers due to their leak-proof design and ease of installation, the trend will likely continue for some time to come.

Get Expert Advice Today! 

Contact Advanced Showers today to speak to our expert team regarding choosing the best shower pods for your property. Also, download your free Shower Pods Guide to help make your decision-making process easier.

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