The Great Bathtubs vs. Showers Debate: Part II

In Part I of this blog post, we discussed the pros and cons of including a bathtub in your bathroom remodeling project. In Part II, we will explore the unique benefits and drawbacks of showers. For home remodeling services in the Bay Area, get in touch with our team of general contractors at A. Tamam Construction today!


Showers: Pros

  • Showers are quicker than baths: If time is of the essence, then showers are a good choice. Tubs can take a long time to heat up and fill, and once you’re in you will likely want to have a good soak. Alternatively, showers heat up instantly, and allow you to bathe yourself in a matter of minutes.

  • Showers use less water than baths: To save money on water bills and help conserve water, keep your showers to under 10 minutes. Water-saving shower heads, which use no more than 20 gallons of water per minute, are also available.

  • Showers are better for people with mobility issues: To enter and exit a shower, you need only open the door or curtain or; for curbless walk-in showers, simply step or glide on in. Features such as grab bars, benches, and non-slip tiles are also available for even greater accommodation.

  • Showers take up less space: In an average-sized bathroom, a shower takes up less than a quarter of the floor space where a tub may use up to a third. Trading in your shower for a bathtub will give you more space for things such as storage and vanities. 

  • Multiple features are available: Despite what many people think, you don’t need a bathtub to have a luxury bathing experience. High-end features such as rain shower heads, jets, and steam can give you a truly spa-like experience.


Showers: Cons

  • Glass shower doors are difficult to clean:  While glass shower doors are undeniably beautiful, they can also be a pain to keep clean. Lime and calcium residue build up quickly, and you will need to invest in some hard work and cleaning solutions to keep your glass doors looking spotless. 

  • Showers are impractical for families with small children: If your family is expanding, then you may want to reconsider trading in your tub for a shower. While plastic containers that can be placed inside tub/shower combos are available, those who have showers with no tub usually have to resort to the kitchen sink. 


In conclusion, there is no easy answer when it comes to whether you should get a shower or a bath for your bathroom remodel. It’s like asking someone whether they’re a dog or a cat person. If you want the best of both worlds, then we recommend a classic tub/shower combo. We can also do tub-to-shower conversions, and custom shower designs. 

Whatever dreams you have for your remodeled bathroom, A. Tamam Construction can help make them a reality. We serve the entire Bay Area, including San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, Palo Alto, and beyond. Contact us today to learn more about our services or fill out our online form for a free consultation. 

Feb 4, 2020 By admin