Bathtubs have been staples of American bathrooms for generations, but they may not be necessary in most modern homes. Yes, they do have their uses as well as a certain appeal, but you might be better off getting rid of your bathtub and installing a shower instead. Here are just five reasons to consider this the next time you renovate your bathroom.

1. Limited Use

According to a recent survey, only 23 percent of homeowners actually use their bathtubs on a regular basis. This means that the vast majority of bathrooms have tubs that just take up space. If you aren’t using your bathtub, you can have it removed and give yourself a bigger and more comfortable bathroom.

2. Safety Concerns

Stepping in and out of a bathtub can be dangerous, especially for elderly people and those with mobility issues. A walk-in shower is much easier and safer to use.

3. Maintenance Issues

Keeping a walk-in shower clean can present its own challenges, but it’s nothing compared to what you’ll need to do to keep a bathtub in good condition. Mold and mildew will grow in your bathtub and the surrounding tile. If you don’t take the time to thoroughly clean your bathtub every couple of weeks, this grime will build up and be practically impossible to remove completely. 

A shower will still need to be cleaned regularly, but that will require much less work than cleaning a bathtub.

4. Water Usage

Showers use far less water than most baths. A bathtub can hold up to 70 gallons of water, while a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead uses about 25 gallons. That is a big difference, especially if you’re trying to save money on your monthly utility bills.

5. Style and Layout

We’ve already mentioned that a bathtub takes up a lot of space in a bathroom. It’s likely the single largest element in the room, and it would free up a lot of space if you took it out. It would give you the chance to renovate your bathroom and experiment with other layouts that might suit you better. If nothing else, removing your bathtub will make your bathroom seem bigger without a costly renovation.

Bathtubs definitely have their uses and their appeal, but they aren’t necessary in most modern homes. Unless you’re really attached to the idea of having a tub in your bathroom, there are some good reasons to get rid of it and stick to a shower instead.

Whether you’re interested in getting rid of your bathtub or you want to make other renovations to your bathroom, contact Crimson Design & Construction today. We’ll be happy to work with you and help design the perfect bathroom for your home.