Showers come in two basic types: full showers and shower/tub combinations. This can affect resale value. You might see a shower as the more sophisticated option, but remember that many potential buyers have young children. A shower/tub is far more suited to them. It gives them the safety of bathing their children in a tub as well as the convenience of a quick shower.
A small bathroom might do better with a regular shower. They take up much less space and with a few simple upgrades can feel very luxurious. It’s easier to replace a shower/tub combination with a shower because the shower takes up much less space.
A bathroom remodel is one of the best projects for a good return on investment. Simply upgrading the fixtures or tiling the shower is an easy way to provide a facelift and give a boost to your resale value. However, you may decide to install a whole new shower to upgrade to modern design or new technology. This can be a complicated project and may require hiring a professional.
Pros for shower tubs
- Available in many styles – There are many aesthetic touches to these units that let them fit into any style you may choose. Colour options are also wide, and the prices allow them to fit into any budget. You can also get different types like alcove, clawfoot and drop-in tubs.
- Suitable for Any Lifestyle – Whether you want a luxurious bath or a quick shower, the shower/tub combination is a convenient way to have the best of both worlds.
- Space Saving – Even though they are larger than a single shower, a shower/tub can do the work of two fixtures in one space. They are well-suited for small full baths, neatly fitting along the wall.
- Easily Remodeled – Giving a facelift to one of these units is as easy as installing tile around the walls or just replacing the faucets. A few small accessories can turn a common shower/tub into a mini-escape!
- Resale – When selling your house, the shower/tub will appeal to a wider spectrum of potential buyers. Families with children will appreciate the tub for its safety while on-the-go couples will appreciate a shower for convenience.
Cons for shower tubs
- Complex Plumbing – Because they combine two different features, plumbing repairs can be a little more complex than a simple shower. Some can be DIY, but others may require a plumber.
- Large Footprint – Although they fit neatly in small full bathrooms, mid-sized bathrooms can feel cramped with a large fixture. The fit may even make the bathroom look like an afterthought.
- Accessibility – The elderly and the disabled can find it difficult to step over the edge of the tub.
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