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The Big Debate: Should You Choose a Shower Or a Bath?

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When remodeling a bathroom, choosing whether to fit a shower cubicle or a bath can prove to be a tricky dilemma. For instance, shower tray repair is generally easier to complete than bath repairs, yet most people find a long, hot bath to be the most relaxing activity around.

However, the ease of shower tray repair is far from the only reason to choose a shower cubicle over a bath, nor is relaxation the only advantage to fitting a bath tub. The following are some more things to consider that should help you decide which option is the best choice for you and your home.

How Much Space Do You Have?

The basic fact is that a bath takes up considerably more space than a shower, so for bathrooms that are a tad on the small side, a shower cubicle could be the ideal solution. However, if you really can’t decide, you can always choose a bath that is slightly smaller than standard, and have a shower head fitted over it.

However, showers over baths do have one disadvantage – they can be messy and leak water throughout the bathroom; particularly if the shower is of the very powerful variety. On the other hand, a shower cubicle ensures that regardless of how powerful the water pressure, all the liquid will stay enclosed within.

When considering this point, it is vital that upon installing a bath and shower, careful consideration is given to the entire design in order to keep the area as water-tight as possible.

Do You Plan On Selling The Home In The Near Future?

The fact is that most homebuyers are looking to purchase a house with a bath. An additional shower cubicle is a bonus but the main thing they want, is a bath. This is because many buyers are young families with children in tow, and trying to wash a small child in a shower cubicle is undeniably a tricky task.

Therefore if you are considering selling your home at any point in the near future it is definitely worth opting for a bath rather than a shower. If you don’t you may find you are vastly restricting the demographic of buyers that will be interested. This could lead to a huge increase in costs when you realise the only solution is to rip out the shower and install a bath.

Or Will You Live In The Home Until Old Age?

Shower cubicles are ideal for the elderly. As mobility becomes restricted, getting in and out of a bath becomes increasingly difficult. However a shower cubicle is very easy to navigate. What’s more, most shower trays are manufactured with full gripping, and a seat can even be installed, allowing the person to sit down and shower as easily and comfortably as possible. In addition, shower tray repair and cleaning are both quicker and easier than the equivalent processes with a bath.

Anyone in their fifties and beyond should consider this point – unless they have near definite plans to move elsewhere upon retirement. Already having a shower cubicle installed will save a lot of money and hassle once age sets in and clambering in and out of a bath becomes more difficult and therefore dangerous.


This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Hometech UK. Crispin is a writer who covers many subjects including home renovations and repairs.

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