3 Advantages Shower Screens Have Over Baths
If like many people today, you’re working with a small bathroom that can barely fit a WC and a basin, you’re going to have to make some pretty tough calls when it comes to the shower or bath. At Gold Coast, we’ve been specialising in glass surfaces and shower screen installation for years now, so we know a thing or two about the long-term benefits of shower cubicles. In this article, we’re going to highlight 3 of the best things about shower screens over the traditional bath. If you're still weighing up your options, have a look through this list to see if a shower screen sounds like the right way to go in your next bathroom revamp. We’ll start with the biggest advantage of them all:
- Maximum floor space
Think about the majority of the time you spend in your compact bathroom. What are you actually doing? For the vast majority of people, the answer isn't bathing. If you think about it realistically, the thing you’ll most commonly be doing in the bathroom is moving from one fixture to another, as well as remaining stationary in front of the mirror or basin. When you look at the room in this way, you begin to realize that one of the most valuable elements within the room is actually floor space.
Baths take up a boatload of floor space that could very well be put to much more practical use if the tub wasn't there. By contrast, shower cubicles maximise the amount of floor space you can use in the bathroom. Some might say they can’t live without the comfort of a bath. But if you weigh it up, what’s more important - a nice bath every now and then or benefiting from maximum space every day?
- Baths can be ruined more easily
Ever had a really bad bath where the tub has scratches or roughness across the bottom? It’s awful because when you take a bath so much of your body is in constant contact with the finish. This effectively means all it takes is one clumsy drop of a heavy metal device or the shower head and you’ve got a good chance of chipping your bath, ruining it for good. Just one or two scratches or chips can mean having to consider replacing the entire bath.
When you use a shower cubicle, how much contact with the sides do you actually make? Not that much at all. If you ever did scratch or chip the glass, the existence of that damage wouldn't impact your use of the fixture to as great an extent. It’s also easy to repair as you know you’d only have to replace the single glass panel that is damaged. You certainly wouldn't have to reinstall a whole new setup.
- Ease of use / safety
One of the biggest nuisances of a bath is having to climb in and out of the thing. If you've never had a slip or accident doing this, you’re one of the lucky few! All of the shower screen cubicles we design and install at Gold Coast are crafted with absolute convenience and safety in mind. This is especially handy for those who have trouble raising their legs or worry about maintaining balance on one leg while soaking wet.
Those are our thoughts! We hope this quick list of advantages has helped shed some light on the benefits of a shower screen over conventional baths. Feel free to get in touch if you need any more advice about your current renovation plans. We’re passionate about what we do and are always happy to provide advice where we can!!