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Bath or Showers: Which is Best for My Family?

It’s not until you go through a demo yourself that you realize just how many decisions need to be made, even in a relatively small room like a bathroom. If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not to include a tub or just have a standing shower. Before you make a quick decision based on your own stylistic preferences, make sure you consider a few other things.

Baths vs. Standing Showers

Consider your family’s needs.

If you have young children, at least one bathtub is a necessity in your home. However if you have older loved ones or those with a physical disability living with you, a shower will be more accessible.  A shower can also be altered with grab bars and benches to make it more user-friendly.

Think about resale.

Your average home buyer wants a home with several “full baths,” meaning one with a tub. Even if you don’t plan on selling your home for a few years, you should try to fit a tub in the master bath as well as a one other bathroom in the house.

How much space do you have?

Your average shower takes up about 9 square feet, while a tub will take up about 13 square feet. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, opting for a shower can save you valuable space that could be put towards additional storage or a larger vanity.

You may be able to install a shower yourself.

If you have some construction experience, you may be able to install a shower kit yourself. However, installing a tub is better left to the pros because they can easily crack or damage your floor if mishandled.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing has been assisting homeowners with their plumbing issues for decades, and our expertise is unmatched! To learn more, give us a call at (717) 516-2673 or fill out our form!