Is it time for a bathroom remodel? If so, you might be thinking about upgrading to a modern and accessible doorless shower, also known as a walk-in shower. These showers are very popular, and not just for the aged or those with limited mobility. However, as with all big decisions, it’s smart to weigh the pros and cons first. What about the pros and cons of getting a doorless shower?
What benefits do walk-in showers provide? Here are a few for you to consider when it’s time for a shower remodel:
Improved Accessibility and Safety
This might be the number-one reason to upgrade to a walk-in shower. Especially if you plan to age in place. Walk-in showers feature a low-barrier or zero-barrier entry, which means you don’t have to step over a high wall—a feat that can be difficult and dangerous for anyone with limited mobility or those who are easily thrown off-balance. Additional safety features of a walk-in shower include:
- Safety Grab Bars
- Built-In Seating
Impressive Style and Value
Although mobility is a great reason for a walk-in shower, it’s not the only one. People of all ages are investing in doorless showers simply because of their stylish, luxurious design. They also add value to your home, making them a great investment whether you plan to stay in your home for years or sell it later.
Shower doors can be a pain to keep clean and spot-free. No door, no problem! Walk-in showers also make it easier to reach your shower wall surround without having a door in your way, so cleaning your shower might be simpler in general.
There you have it. What about some drawbacks to walk-in showers?
There’s a lot to love about doorless showers, but they aren’t for everyone. Here are some reasons why you might want to go a different route with your shower remodel:
There Isn’t Enough Room
You don’t want water all over your floor, but that’s what you will wind up with if you don’t have enough space for a properly constructed and installed doorless shower. When done right, there is ample room to create a gentle slope towards the drain and angle the showerhead appropriately.
No Door Means No Privacy
Since there is no shower door or curtain to protect your privacy when showering, you might feel a little exposed. You can always close your bathroom door but showering in the open can still be difficult for some people to get used to.
They Don’t Retain Heat
Shower enclosures trap warm air inside of your shower, so without that you might get a little cold. If you’re prone to getting chilled, then you can consider having a heater installed in your bathroom or forego the doorless shower all together.
Do you want to learn more about doorless showers? Contact us at Kohler Showers by Legacy Remodeling today!
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