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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Bathtub

When renovating your bathroom, invest in a bathtub that’s perfect for you and your family. Before selecting your tub, ask yourself these important questions to make sure you are choosing a bathtub or shower that is right for you.


Choosing a bathtub for yourself or your kids?

Who will be using this bathtub?

This is the first and most important question you should ask yourself. The age group frequenting your bathroom will determine what sort of features are most helpful. As you’ll see below, different ages have different needs. Determine now whether this is a kid’s bathroom, an adult bathroom, a bathroom ideal for the elderly or a bathroom suited to accommodate everyone.

What kind of showerhead do I need?

Showerheads come in a variety of styles with adjustable drizzles so you can enjoy a soft spring rain shower, or the intensity of a waterfall. Regardless of your preference, you’ll want to decide if a fixed showerhead or an adjustable, handheld version are best for you. If you have children, are elderly, or are caring for someone elderly, the handheld option will make staying clean fun and easy.

What sort of door do I want?

Clear glass sliding shower doors are a great way to help your bathroom feel larger. They also are easier to clean than a shower curtain, which can accumulate mold and mildew if not properly taken care of. For the elderly, sliding doors are easy to use. If you are designing a bathroom that small children will frequent, however, select a shower curtain. Because shower curtains are collapsible, they allow you easier accessibility when helping your child stay clean.

Do I want a tub, shower, or both?

The depth of your tub depends on what you’ll use it for. If you regularly enjoy bubble baths, be sure to invest in a tub deep enough to allow you to bask in the water. If you are older, and enjoy baths but don’t appreciate maneuvering in a cramped tub, consider the walk-in tub option. Walk-in tubs are equipped with a seat and door for easier accessibility. For a child’s bathroom, a shallow tub may be best. If there are no children in the house, and no desire for a deep bath, investing in a shallow shower base will give your bathroom more space. The low threshold shower base, also reduces the risk of tripping, while the textured floor prevents the likelihood of slips or falls, making it ideal for the elderly.

Will my Bathtub age with me?

If you are planning to stay in your house for a long time, invest in a bathtub or shower that will be accessible to you at all ages. Once again, consider walk-in bathtubs, or showers with a low threshold as possible options.

What sort of material is best?

Though shower bases and tubs can be made from a variety of materials, Re-Bath® focuses on DuraBath SSP® which is a lustrous, nonporous surface that will keep its brilliant shine for years. Not only are these bases slip-resistant, but the durable, high-gloss finish will not crack, peel or fade over time.The surface is warm to the touch and easier to clean than fiberglass units. Our tubs and shower bases are available in a variety of sizes to meet your construction or renovation needs. 

How much space do my bathroom accessories need?

If you have a variety of shampoos and body scrubs, or small children that need an alcove to store their rubber duckies and monster trucks, invest in a shower with adequate space for all of your bath products. Though shower caddies and insertable shelves make great storage options, built in shelves set within your shower wall can save on space while keeping your bathroom looking neat and elegant. If you like to rest while you bathe, even consider a seat in your shower!

If you need a second opinion on what sort of tub is best for you, call us today. We can help. By scheduling a free, in home bathroom consultation, we can ensure that you get the bath that’s right for you.