With the size of bathrooms expanding and looking more glamorous than ever, the traditional shower/tub bathroom setup is gradually becoming a thing of the past. One common theme in newly renovated homes is the low threshold shower. With the endless trends that come and go when it comes to bathroom renovation and remodeling, this one’s stuck. And it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a sleek look with many advantages.
Basically, low or no-threshold showers are showers with a lip that’s small enough that it doesn’t require the need to step over it. Low threshold showers continue to show up in new homes and remodeled bathrooms over the years. So what’s all the hype?
Walk-in showers in general are all the rage nowadays. With our increasingly fast-paced culture, many homeowners no longer care much about leisurely soaking in a bathtub every night. Quickly hopping in and out of the shower is looking more and more attractive. This is where the low threshold comes in. It’s the epitome of convenience. With the threshold being so low or even almost non-existent, it’s a much safer way to enter and exit your shower.
The frequency and possibility of any slip or fall decrease dramatically. This can be especially helpful for the elderly, those living alone, or those with any kind of mobility issues or limitations. Falls are some of the most common household injuries (with most of them happening in wet, slippery bathrooms). Because of this, low thresholds are incredibly attractive to buyers looking to retire in their house. Looking to increase the resale value of your home? Install a low threshold shower.
A natural question that comes up here maybe, where does the water go? In order to prevent the water from spilling over the barrier, the shower will need a proper drain. The two designs that keep your bathroom dry are the trench drain or the traditional drain. The trench drain is a long drain where the threshold would typically be. The traditional drain will require that your floors slope towards the center of the shower so that gravity does that work. It’s a much more seamless and sleek design.
There are endless ways to customize your bathroom when you decide on a low threshold shower. First and foremost, you can actually make the decision to forego doors altogether. This will mean you’ll have the same tiles throughout the whole bathroom, creating a more spacious look. You can choose between granite, quartz, marble tiles and so much more. You can even add cabinet space and areas for storage without the space that the door usually takes up. Also, no need to clean the door if there isn’t one! And speaking of cleaning, low threshold showers tend to require a lot less. Without the curves and corners of your shower/tub setup, there’s essentially less surface area.
They typically only require the occasional wipe down using a mild cleanser. Some other features that are wonderful for the mobility-conscious include folding or fixed seats, soap dishes at proper heights, safety grab bars for a safe transition in and out, and even specific showerheads. Have you always wanted a waterfall shower head or steam option? Now’s the perfect time to create that real spa experience in the comfort of your own home. Customizing your bathroom this way will create a unique and contemporary look perfect for modern times. More space, more time, and less cleaning? Who wouldn’t want all that?
With all the advantages of a low threshold shower, is it the right choice for everyone? Maybe. Maybe not. You’ll want to consider your lifestyle and how important tubs are in your day-to-day. Do you have or are planning on having children anytime soon? You’ll definitely need a shower with a bathtub. Do you already have or want to install a separate jacuzzi at some point? Then a low threshold shower may work out perfectly. Do you live alone with mobility issues and worry about a possible accident happening? A low threshold would probably be in your best interest. Answering these simple questions will get you well on your way to deciding if a low threshold is right for you.
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