It seems that all your friends who are remodeling their bathrooms are getting curbless showers or threshold-free showers. Is it just a trend, or are showers without barriers really better? Like other renovation projects, there’s no “one size fits all.” But there are good reasons why curbless showers have become so popular for residential bathrooms, especially master bedroom suites. Here are some of the key reasons:
A bathroom with a curbless shower feels more spacious.
When people enter a bathroom with curbless shower, they often describe a sense of walking into a spa. Without the visual obstacle of the curb, the wall-to-wall floor creates a more streamlined and airy look. This can be especially noticeable if you have a small-to-medium sized bathroom.
Your curbless shower highlights design elements.
You’ve carefully designed your shower’s interior to include your favorite stone, tiles, fixtures, and other building materials. Why hide these design features with a door or curtain? Instead, you can make them an integral part of your new bathroom’s overall design.
This no-obstacle shower is accessible to everyone in your home.
By eliminating a four to six inch barrier, you create a bathroom that is safe and accessible for everyone. If you plan to remain in your home long-term and “age in place,” a threshold-free is ideal. For families who are building additions or remodeling an existing area for grandparents, the curbless shower is also a smart choice. It gives greater independence to those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. And remember that it’s possible for anyone, able-bodied or not, to trip over a shower threshold.
An threshold free shower makes cleaning less of a chore.
It’s hard work cleaning a small corner or alcove shower. It’s especially frustrating trying to scrub hard-to-reach areas, especially those prone to mold and mildew. Cleaning the shower floor while bending over a barrier can be also be awkward and even painful. Cleaning an open shower is physically easier, and can be made even easier with handheld showerhead. Plus, there are simply fewer areas where grime and mildew can build up, making it easier to keep your shower sparkling clean.
The design keeps water where it should be.
Although you might think otherwise, a barrier-free shower actually helps keep water in place. The architect will provide for a proper “splash zone” and design the floor to slope down toward the drain, making for efficient water removal. One warning—make sure the shower head is properly positioned to keep water in the splash zone!
Some common concerns are easily addressed.
Despite all the advantageous, there are a few reasons why some people prefer a standard shower. They might like the added privacy of an enclosed shower. Privacy can be increased, however, with obscured glass or curtains—although you’ll lose some of the open feel. Second, you might be afraid that water will get everywhere. This could be a problem if the contractor doesn’t allow for a sufficient splash zone. However, a high quality contractor will know the right design and products to minimize this issue. A third concern is that the open design will leave you exposed to cooler air outside the showering area. While this is true, heated flooring and other smart design elements can help keep you toasty.
Should your remodeling include a curbless shower?
Only you can decide if a curbless shower or threshold free shower suits your tastes, family needs, and lifestyle. Review all the options with your remodeling team. Most important, find a contracting company that is highly qualified and experienced. Otherwise, you risk having disastrous cost overages, delays, and repairs. For example, improperly sealed seams or poor grouting can lead to expensive leaks and serious damage.
Remodeling your bathroom is a major investment in your family’s home. For your project to run smoothly, with the best results, there’s nothing more important than hiring a contractor with impeccable workmanship and professionalism. To find out more about making your bathroom remodel as success, contact us today for your consultation.