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Making a Tub-Shower Combo Work for Your Bathroom

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Whether you’re building a new bathroom or renovating one, an essential aspect is the bathtub or shower. While you can choose between the two, many people prefer to install a combination bathtub and shower because it gives everyone who going to be using it a choice. Here are some of the decisions that must be made when you install a bathtub-shower combo in your bathroom.

Choose Your Location

The area within your bathroom in which to locate your tub and shower may largely depend on the amount of room you have. If you have a smaller bathroom, you may only have the option of placing the tub and shower in a specified location. However, a larger space may provide more options. Placing the shower in a larger space will give you the ability to take advantage of a handheld shower wand. While a smaller bathroom may force the door to open inward, a larger bathroom will allow you to choose the door style most comfortable for you.

Shower Door

A shower door is an essential part of the shower as it keeps water from splashing onto the bathroom floor, avoiding a potentially dangerous situation. If water were to soak the floor, someone could slip and get seriously injured. The first decision to be made is whether you want a door or a curtain. Both can work very well in any bathroom, but doors usually keep the rest of the bathroom a bit drier. If you’ve chosen a glass door, you’ll have to decide if you want a door that opens out, opens in, or slides. This might be a decision that is made for you if you have a small space as a sliding door may be the only option. If you choose a door that opens out, you’ll need to place it in a location where it won’t interfere with other features of the bathroom, such as the vanity or toilet.

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The area where you bathe or shower will get wet, so you need to make sure that the area is sealed well to prevent any water damage from occurring. The two primary things that must be considered when waterproofing is the drain and the tiles. The drain will allow the water to exit the tub or shower quickly and efficiently while the tiles will protect the walls. Having the tiles climb to the top of the walls will ensure that the walls don’t get wet, potentially causing health hazards such as mold or mildew.

Fixtures and Accessories

Both the bathtub and shower have certain fixtures and accessories that might be chosen. The faucet should be at an easy-to-reach level so that you don’t have any trouble changing the temperature as needed and can stop the water when it reaches your desired height. The type of nozzle for the shower is another important decision. You can either have the nozzle attached to the wall or a handheld sprayer that will allow you more freedom.

A bathtub-shower combo is an excellent addition to any bathroom as it provides the most versatility. If you’re ready to install a tub-shower combo in your bathroom, check out The Hybrid Tub from Safe Step. It’s made in America and combines Safe Step’s walk-in tub with the convenience of a shower.

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