Shower Tub Combination vs. Traditional Shower: Which Is Better?
Some upgrades have a bigger return on investment than others. For example, we all have that avocado slicer, cherry pitter or other random kitchen tool that doesn't get used more than once. But if you make a lot of guacamole or are an ice cream fanatic, these devices can be valuable since they're used often.
The same applies to home improvement. For example, is upgrading to a shower-tub combination worth it? It depends on how much you use it (and what is most important to you). Let's discuss how shower-tub combinations are different from traditional/walk-in showers, as well as the advantages both options offer.
Differences Between Shower-Tub Combos and Traditional Showers
For starters, what is the difference between these two shower remodel options? Most people are familiar with a traditional shower. Also known as a walk-in shower, this is usually one of the standard options in homes, especially for guest bathrooms. A shower-tub combination, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like: a combination shower and tub. Instead of a walk-in design, however, the bottom has a tub where you can take a bath.
Advantages of a Traditional Shower
Most people are familiar with a traditional shower design. There are a few advantages of having a traditional shower in your home. Here are a few of them:
Space: There is less space required for a traditional shower than a shower-tub combo.
Aesthetics: While any type of shower can be beautiful, traditional showers tend to be more sleek and modern due to the absence of a tub.
Safety: You don't have to step over a tub to get into a traditional shower.
Functionality: They are ideal for people who don't take baths very often.
Savings: These showers are more affordable and use less water than baths (if you keep them short, that is).
That being said, a traditional shower will not increase your home value as much or provide certain benefits that a shower-tub combination upgrade does.
Advantages of a Shower-Tub Combo
Shower-tub combinations are an upgrade most people know well, but they aren't quite as common due to being a little more expensive to install. Here are some of the advantages of installing a shower-tub combo in your home:
Convenience: You have the option of taking a bath or a shower each time you use it.
Value: Your home's value will potentially increase more with a shower-tub combo than a traditional shower, as consumers value the presence of a tub.
Customization: You can make your bathroom your own and put your own style stamp on it with your decor choices. You can also choose materials, finishes and more.
If you're planning a shower remodel or want a shower-tub combination in the near future, contact Expo Home Improvement for a project quote.