Walk-in showers have become a symbol of modern bathrooms. But having a walk-in shower comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Some say that sometimes the design can compromise the functionality. Let’s see whether or not that’s true. Take a look at the pros and cons and decide if a walk-in shower is what’s best for your new bathroom.
Pros.You can visually separate the walk-in shower from the rest of the bathroom through a partial wall
Since walk-in showers are made entirely of glass, this means that the continuous design, without moving parts, presents fewer chances for anything to break. In other words, the fewer the pieces the safer the whole.
Curtains can also offer you the privacy you need when you’re in the shower
Another major advantage that comes with having a walk-in shower is the fact that it’s easier to clean. Since it’s made of glass, there are no metal pieces that need to be constantly cleaned. Moreover, there are fewer areas and corners where water can gather and fewer places where dirt and grime can gather.
You could also create some sort of niche although it would be a waste of space
There is also another great advantage and this one has to do with the overall design and décor of your bathroom. Given the fact that the walk-in shower is made of glass, without rails and sometimes with a frameless look, this means that there are no elements that will distract the attention from the décor. It would be like a transparent feature.
Cons.Another solution would be partially transparent wall with a solid base
The main disadvantage of having a walk-in shower would have to be related to slip hazard. In other words, since it’s an open shower, water comes out and gathers on the floor and this means you can slip and get hurt when you get out of the shower.
Glass walls/doors are very common in modern walk-in showers
Also related to the fact that it’s an open shower is the fact that hot air is free to circulate into the bathroom and thus you’ll have a less relaxing atmosphere when you’re showering. All the hot air will also create humidity into the whole bathroom and this is something to take into consideration.
Built-in wall storage compartments are perfect for showers
Of course, there is also the issue related to price. Walk-in shower doors are much more expensive than the ones with regular, traditional designs. So in case you’ll ever have to replace it, you’ll probably wish then that you have chosen a regular shower.
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