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Is A Tub To Shower Conversion Worth It?

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Lately, many of our customers are opting for a tub to shower conversion. But their first thought: is it worth it?

While we can’t decide for you, we can give you some insights so you can make an informed decision about this bathroom upgrade.

Know that in the end, it’s really up to you and what your needs are.

Both tubs and showers come with pros and cons, no doubt about it. From increased water bills to a better accessibility, they can make your life easier, but they can also become obstacles as we age.

A tub to shower conversion in a bath with a blue wall and a plant

Pros Of Having A Tub

Let’s begin with the pros of having a bathtub.

Tubs Are More Relaxing

You can’t argue with this. Relaxing in a bathtub filled with hot water is everyone’s dream after a long day. It gives you the ideal space you need to kick back and clear your mind.

Sure, you can also relax in a hot shower, but it’s nothing compared with laying down in your tub and drinking a glass of wine, reading a book, or simply enjoy the moment.

Tubs Can Be Your Bath's Focal Point

A lot of homeowners that decide to keep their bathtub transform it into a focal point in their bath. The feature that just catches your eye and makes everyone want one themselves.

To make a focal point out of a tub, it needs to be unique in some way. It could have a different shape, an uncommon color or material, or a unique faucet.

If you’re not sure what we mean, check out the bathtub in this bathroom renovation project. It’s an “old world England” theme with a tub that’s nothing short of impressive.

Tubs Help Fill Out The Empty Space

If you have a larger bathroom, using every little space might prove difficult. Yes, you can have a double vanity and cabinets, but sometimes they just won’t cut it.

If your bath has an empty corner, a tub can be the perfect way to fill it up.

Installing a corner tub or a freestanding tub will ensure you’re making use of every inch of space in your bathroom.

Besides, a tub can be the personal swimming pool of children or pets.

A cozy bathroom with a tub

Cons Of Having A Tub

The cons of having a tub might make you think twice before installing one in your bathroom.

They Take Up More Space

If you have a larger bathroom, this won’t be a problem, but most bathrooms are average spaces where filling out empty places is not a common concern.

Installing a tub requires more space than installing a shower. If you’re short on space, this could be an issue.

Note: As per the building codes in Tennessee and the recommendations of NKBA, you need at least 30 inches of space around the tub so you can comfortably move around it.

Tubs Are More Expensive Than Showers

If you want a bathtub that can be a focal point in your bathroom, these are more expensive than showers. If you’re working with a tight budget, this could be a dealbreaker.

Although the initial investment might be higher, keep in mind that a well-made tub can last for decades. It all depends on the material it’s made of and its style (you don’t want it to look dated compared to the rest of the room).

Tubs Require More Water

Using a tub also means using more water. If you’re looking for ways to save on your water bill, this might not be the best option.

Tubs Are Not The Most Accessible

Tubs become a trip hazard as we age. Many of our customers are older homeowners who find themselves struggling to use their tub without putting their life at risk.

If you have mobility issues, getting in and out of a tub can be difficult.

In this case, replacing your existing tub with a walk-in bathtub is a good investment, but they tend to be more expensive than simple tubs.

A tub with a wood table on it

Pros Of Having A Shower Conversion

Let’s continue with the pros of having a tub to shower conversion.

Showers Are Safer

When getting into a tub becomes more and more difficult, showers will make your life so much easier.

A walk in shower is your best alternative to buying a walk-in bathtub, as they’re more affordable and will give you less trouble.

You'll Save Money On Water Bills

If you’re looking for ways to save money in the long run, showers are the way to go.

If you’re taking a quick shower, you’ll use way less water than if you’re taking a long bath. If you’re the adept of long hot showers, however, you’ll want to think twice about getting a shower.

They Take Up Less Space

Another advantage of showers is that they don’t require as much space as tubs do.

You can install a glass walk in shower even in a small bathroom, making a shower ideal for half baths or second-floor baths.

Showers Are More Affordable

In general, showers are more affordable than tubs. If you’re on a tighter budget, you can find a pretty good new shower for less than $500, and a simple shower head for less than $50.

Of course, there are more luxurious showers that cost thousands of dollars. Unless you’re going for an upscale remodel or you want to make your bath feel like a 5-star hotel bath, those are not necessary.

A glass shower conversion with a towel heater rack

Cons Of Having A Shower Conversion

But there are also some downsides of a shower conversion.

Showers Require More Maintenance

A shower requires more attention when cleaning it, simply because it’s made of multiple elements.

You’ll have to regularly clean the surround, the shower floor (or the shower pan), and the faucets. If the shower existing drain lines don’t work properly, they’ll need regular cleaning that can become an ugly chore.

If you have a tile surround (like a ceramic tile), the grout between the tiles can sometimes develop mold, so it’ll also need some cleaning.

If you have glass doors, no need to worry, but a shower curtain will need to be replaced quite often. Know that a glass shower door can be quite expensive.

Showers Can Be Slippery

The floor of your new shower can quickly get slippery, causing a serious reason of concern for older homeowners. This is more common than you’d think, which is why many homeowners choose to install grab bars in their showers.

Another great alternative are porous tiles for flooring that will help with maintaining stability when moving around in the shower.

You Can't Soak In A Shower

There’s nothing like a long hot bath to relax after a tiring day. But you won’t be able to do that in the shower.

If you’re looking for ways to relax in the bathroom, showers might not be the best choice. They’re made for a more accessible and functional bathroom, and they lack many qualities that a tub has when it comes to relaxation.

A glass shower in a smaller bath

Shower Conversion Or Keeping The Tub?

Both these options are great for your bathroom remodel.

But the best will be the one that makes your life easier. A shower conversion is not necessarily the best, and a tub might not always fit your changing needs. 

The easiest way to find out what you really need is to consider your needs and ask for an expert’s opinion.

Why Not Both?

You probably thought about it already, but how about getting both a shower and a tub?

No one said a tub to shower conversion is mandatory, and no one said you can’t have both.

Combine the functionality of a shower with the comfort of a bath, and you’re sure to have an incredible bathroom that will fit every need of your family.

And if you’re worried about not having enough space, we have the perfect solution!

Lakeview Home Improvements is the go-to for homeowners in Knoxville and East Tennessee looking to uplift their baths. We know how to make use of every inch available so you can get a highly functional bathroom that makes your life so much easier!

Request a free quote today or call us at (865) 801-4545 and let’s discuss your tub to shower conversion and the best solutions for your space!