Tub to Shower Conversions

Many homeowners want to get as much information as possible about a potential home renovation before moving forward. After all, this is a big expense that could alter how they live in their homes.

If you are having issues with your existing bath enclosure, you might be considering a tub-to-shower conversion. These remodels are a very affordable option that allow homeowners to improve the function of their bathrooms. But, it is quite a change to make. That’s why we’ve put together this FAQs and guide about the tub-to-shower conversion for homeowners to review.

Reasons to Get a Tub-to-Shower Conversion

So, you aren’t sure if your potential problem is reason enough to get a bath conversion. Don’t stress about it. Homeowners opt to get a tub-to-shower conversion for many potential reasons:

  • Creating more visual space/floor space in a small bathroom.
  • Making it easier to clean up the kids or a pet.
  • Improved accessibility for those with limited mobility.
  • Easier to clean and maintain a shower.
  • You simply don’t like taking baths.

Avoiding Homeowner Regret

It’s certainly possible to get a tub-to-shower conversion without thinking about the long-term implications of the remodel. While the bathtub/shower combo in your home annoys you right now, you could end up missing it in the future. Some convert the only bathtub in their home to a shower and find it’s harder to sell their property later on. Others get married or have kids and find that the new members of the household prefer bathing. You may also find that you miss taking the occasional bath too.

It’s a good idea to give this particular remodeling project a lot of thought before going ahead with it. There are other options, such as:

  • Updating an old or damaged bath enclosure.
  • Installing a smaller tub.
  • Installing a tub insert or a walk-in tub.
  • Removing visual obstructions, like the shower curtain and installing a glass door.

A Tub-to-Shower Conversion Does Affect Property Value

According to the National Association of Realtors, if you convert a bathtub to a shower, it won’t affect your home value negatively. There is a caveat to this though. There must still be at least one bathtub in the home. It seems that home buyers do want the option of a bathtub, even if they don’t take regular baths.

It’s also important to note that the type of buyer you are marketing to will impact home value. Older people and couples without children seem less likely to care about having a bathtub. However, families do tend to want a bathtub for washing the children.

In the end, do what you want to do with your home. There are many potential buyers out there. Plus, you can always offer a small allowance on the home sale for a shower-to-tub conversion if this is a sticking point for buyers.

How Does a Tub-to-Shower Conversion Improve Safety?

According to the CDC, most non-fatal injuries in the bathroom occur while someone is in the process of bathing or showering. This means that people tend to slip just moving around in the enclosure or they tire and can’t stand up properly. Injuries can also occur while people are attempting to enter or leave the tub.

While you can add safety features to an existing bathtub, the features are add-ons that might not provide the most durable support and comfort. It’s better to incorporate these accessibility elements into a new shower to enjoy the most strength and function. For instance, Bath Planet of Detroit can install a shower enclosure with:

  • Zero-Barrier Threshold
  • Built-In Shower Benches or Seats
  • ADA-Compliant Grab Bars
  • Larger Shower Faucets and Handles
  • Handheld Shower Heads
  • Lower, Larger Built-In Shelves

Still not certain about getting a tub-to shower bathroom remodel. Bath Planet of Detroit can go over the benefits of bath conversions with you during a free home consultation. We can also provide a complimentary cost estimate right away. Just give us a call or fill out our online form to get started.