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Things to Consider When Choosing a Bath and Shower Combo

When you're upgrading your bathroom, nothing is as important as determining what kind of shower, tub, or bath and shower combo you want installed. There are so many varieties of tub and shower combinations, that it can become confusing. Furthermore, if you have an elderly member of the household, or someone with limited mobility, the type of shower or tub you choose can have a tremendous impact on their quality of life. Here are a few things to consider when looking into upgrading your bathtub or shower.

What Is Your Layout?

One of the first things to consider is how much room you have. The smallest and most efficient combination is to have the shower in the tub. However, there are other options where the shower and the tub are separate, yet share the same space. For instance, if you have room for a large shower, the tub can be placed within it, so the tub's edge can double as a bench. In this instance, a glass wall separates the shower and tub from the rest of the room, creating a dramatic centerpiece to the whole bathroom.

What Kind of Shower Door Would You Like?

While you determine your shower and tub options, you'll need to decide on what kind of shower door you would like. If the shower and tub are going to occupy the same space, you'll need a large glass enclosure, but if you want the separate shower and tub to occupy different spaces, you can have a small door for the shower, while leaving the tub open to the rest of the room. Also, don't forget that curtains are still a viable and attractive option for those who desire a bit more privacy.

Waterproofing

Different types of bathroom options require different types of waterproofing. Built-in tubs are the easiest to waterproof, while freestanding tubs are a bit more complicated. Furthermore, your choice of tiles, as well as the drain, is variable depending on whether you're installing a shower and tub combo, a stand alone shower, or a walk in shower with bench. Regardless, make sure your tiles extend all the way to the ceiling for extra waterproofing. For a stylish and dramatic look - and even more protection - you can extend the tiles to cover the floors and even the entire ceiling of your shower.

Choosing Accessories

When installing your bathroom upgrades, the first thing you'll need to consider are the practical considerations like the tiling, drains, walls, and doors. Once you've decided on the fundamentals, it's time to examine the accessories and fixtures you want installed. What kind of shower head do you want installed, and where would you like it placed? If you want a steam shower, you'll have to plan ahead. Including benches and storage spaces are efficient uses of space you might want to keep in mind. Whatever little extras you'd like to incorporate into your upgrade, you'll want to look over all the options well in advance of the building process. These aren't the kinds of decisions you want to make at the last minute.

The options that are available for showers, tubs, and shower and tub combos are nearly endless, so do your research, and find the combination that works best for you!

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