Bath or Walk-in Showers?
The bath or walk-in shower debate is one debate that doesn’t seem to be coming to an end any time soon. This is because people usually have varying opinions and preferences, and because of this, making a decision on which of the two options will have a lasting impact on you can be somewhat confusing. Hygiene experts have also not been left out of the conversation with some of them alluding to showers being better than baths, particularly if you are sweaty or extremely dirty. Nevertheless, despite the different debates surrounding the topic, we think that the decision on which of the two options you should settle for should be made based on a number of factors such as;
- Who will be using the bathroom: this is a big factor when it comes to making a decision between a bath or walk-in shower. If you, for example, have a large household with people who are busy and constantly on the move, or people dealing with disability, it is only sensible to have a walk-in shower so that people can get in and out as quickly as possible. However, if you live by yourself, a bath can be considered as an option.
- The amount of space available: space plays a big role when considering which of the two options you should install in your house. A bath would work well if you have a large space while a walk-in shower would be best suited for small spaces.
- Your budget: when remodelling or installing a bathroom, everyone usually has a budget in mind that they would want to stick to. According to several different platforms, the average cost of installing a walk-in shower is about six thousand dollars in comparison to three thousand dollars for a bath. Which of the two-bathroom options you should consider depends on if you must stay within your budget or have wiggle room to spend more than you had previously allocated.
- Energy consumption: the efficacy of energy in a bathroom is of great significance for a lot of individuals today. Technology has allowed for the creation of showerheads that are efficient and can save an individual a lot of money on both the power and water bill. In comparison to the shower, baths consume more energy and use so much more water than the average shower.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Baths
- Baths are calming and have been linked with aiding medical issues such as arthritic pain, and muscle pains. This is because baths typically have properties that facilitate and enable them to retain heat, thus keeping the water warmer for longer. The warm water is what soothes the previously mentioned conditions and helps to relieve the pain.
- Experts have linked hot baths with better/ improved sleep. As previously mentioned, baths usually retain their heat, and it is this heat that warms the body up and as soon as one gets out of the bath, their body temperature drops and enables individuals to fall asleep quicker and get well rested.
- Baths are available in numerous designs that can transform your home/space to the point of giving your property a great resell value.
- Baths typically require large spaces to install in comparison to a walk-in shower.
- Bathtubs are less than ideal for large households, the elderly and people with disability. This is because of a number of reasons such as going in and out of the tab, and the fact that taking a bath is time-consuming.
- Baths require more work in terms of cleaning as the dirt from the body is retained on the surface of the tub even after draining the water.
- Baths consume a lot more water and power in comparison to walk-in showers.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Walk-In Showers
- It is possible to install walk-in showers literally anywhere in multiple setups as they require much less space to install than baths would.
- Walk-in showers consume less energy and water, which translates to some good amount of financial saving.
- The accessibility of walk-in showers for the disabled and elderly individuals is top notch. It is also possible to customize them accordingly using handles that the disabled can use for additional support. Additionally, the fact that walk-in showers lack a level difference on the floors means that they are far much safer.
- Theoretically, the walk-in showers are much easier to clean thanks to the flatter surfaces, and the glass components of the showers. This is because unlike baths which have nooks and crannies that may be difficult to reach, walk-in showers are easier to maintain and can be cleaned in one swoop.
- Doors to the shower need regular clean-up, and the curtains occasionally require to be replaced.
- Walk-in showers pose a slipping hazard if not constructed appropriately. The floor surface of the walk-in shower needs to be titled at the right angle to ensure that the water drains properly to avoid any hazards.
- Depending on the walk-in shower that you have, it is impossible to contain the hot air and humidity which according to some people has an effect on their bathing experience with some people even complaining that they are cold despite using hot water.
- Walk-in showers are expensive in comparison to installing a bath.