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Pros & Cons of Tub-to-Shower Conversions for Canadian Homes

With rising energy bills and the hustle of a busy lifestyle, more Canadians are turning to tub-to-shower conversions. But is it worth it to convert a tub to a shower? Well that all depends.

While a tub-to-shower conversion offers a wealth of opportunities for many homeowners, such as improved accessibility and lower water consumption, it also has its drawbacks. Understanding the benefits of a tub-to-shower conversion, as well as the potential disadvantages of this common renovation, can help you make the best decision for your home and lifestyle before investing time and money into the project.

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Pros of a Tub-to-Shower Conversion

Some of the pros of a tub-to-shower conversion involve improving the functionality and aesthetics of your bathroom, as well as upgrading the safety features of the room.

Increased Space and Accessibility

When converting a bathtub to a shower, the average homeowner can gain up to five feet of floor space, depending on the type of shower chosen. The typical bathtub requires a significant amount of wall and floor space whereas a basic shower stall utilizes the available vertical space to create the illusion of a bigger bathroom.

Accessibility is a major bonus with a tub-to-shower conversion, particularly for seniors, people who suffer from joint pain, and those with mobility issues. Showers feature a non-slip entry and exit to reduce the risk of falls. People of all ages with mobility issues can have a tub-to-shower conversion designed specifically for their needs, including being accessible via wheelchairs, crutches, and other mobility aids.

Functionality and Efficiency

The transition from a tub to a shower offers more functional features such as steam, spray jets, bench seating, and massaging showerheads. Showers are also low maintenance and easy to clean with modern streak-free glass, grout-free tiles, and mould and mildew-resistant materials. These special factors reduce the time needed for daily sanitation and cleaning.

A tub-to-shower conversion can also lower your water bill. People often spend less time in the shower and use less water than they would if they were taking a bath. After all, you don’t need to fill up a whole bathtub when you take a shower. It takes 75 litres of water for a 10-minute shower in comparison to using 113 litres to fill a tub.

Style and Aesthetics

Upgrading a bathroom with a tub-to-shower conversion does way more than just make your life easier and more convenient. It is also an opportunity to modernize the bathroom with sleek shower designs that incorporate advanced technology, customizable options, and low-maintenance fixtures.

With improved aesthetics and a modern style, a conversion can boost the value of your home in the majority of cases. If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, a tub-to-shower conversion is a great way to get more bang for your buck and a higher return on investment.

Cons of a Tub-to-Shower Conversion

There may not be as many cons to having a tub-to-shower conversion but, depending on your current lifestyle, these are still important issues to consider.

Loss of Bathing Functionality

Just as a tub-to-shower conversion can boost your property value, it can also be a hindrance when it comes to selling your home. Many families still value the benefits of having a bathtub in the house, particularly families with young children. Not only does it make it easier to bathe children in a tub vs. a shower, but “bath time” wouldn’t be the same without a tub to splash around in.

For adults who look forward to unwinding after a long day in a hot bath, the same effect cannot be duplicated with a shower. A relaxing soak in the tub is often the only action that helps to wash away life’s troubles if only for a couple of hours.

Installation Costs

With rising labour and material costs, homeowners may hesitate when it comes to tub-to-shower conversion due to their limited budget. While working with a qualified professional bathroom remodelling contractor can guarantee the work will be done properly in a safe and effective manner, it also comes with a price tag.

Removing the tub and installing the shower requires the collected skills of a plumber, remodelling contractor, and possibly an electrician if any technology is involved. A bathroom remodel can also uncover hidden damage that requires costly repairs and replacement of materials.

Time Commitment and Complexity

To avoid the fees of hiring a professional, some homeowners take the cheaper route of performing tub-to-shower conversion on their own. But a tub-to-shower conversion can be complex. Without the proper equipment and knowledge of how to remove a tub and install a shower, a DIY project can quickly become a DIY disaster.

In addition, regardless of whether a professional contractor is hired, a tub-to-shower conversion requires a substantial amount of time and dedication to complete. This can be a huge inconvenience for homeowners, particularly if the bathroom is the only one in your home.

Talk to the Team at Lampert Renovations about Tub-to-Shower Conversions

As a leading bathroom renovation contractor in the GTA for the past 40 years, Lampert Renovations can help you with your tub-to-shower conversion. Our family business began in the plumbing industry nearly 100 years ago and has expanded to a condo, kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom renovation.

We offer a limited two-year warranty on repairs or replacement due to defective materials. To provide better customer service, we also offer a one-year warranty on all grout and silicone work. Contact us at (416) 787-4925 or send us an email at [email protected] to book a free in-home or showroom consultation!

About Lawrence Lampert

Lawrence Lampert is the third generation running Lampert Renovations with over 45 years’ experience in the family business. He first started working for his father at the age of 15.  In 1980, Lawrence began running the retail end of the business, gaining experience in selling products and designing showrooms. Lawrence began running Lampert Renovations in 1995 and started up Lampert Bath Liners Plus in 2004, providing customers with acrylic bath liner systems as a grout-free and budget-friendly solution.

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