Transitioning Away From Apartment Style

When Remodeling, Try Walk-In Showers For Reduced-Maintenance Bathrooms

by June Holland

Are you tired of dealing with moldy shower curtains and soap-scum-obscured stall doors? If you're a homeowner who is remodeling a bathroom, give walk-in showers a try. You do need some room to install these, but as you remodel, you can reconfigure the bathroom to give you the space you need. Adding a walk-in shower can reduce the amount of time you have to spend cleaning the fixtures, and the customizable design options allow you to create a unique bathroom look that no one else has.

Water-Blocking Design

Walk-in showers consist of shower tiles or blocks built up to form walls. You walk into the shower through an entrance that has no door, and you follow a path for a few feet. The path then makes a sharp turn, and you arrive at the main part of the stall. The wall that separates the first half of the pathway from the main stall blocks water from spraying out into the rest of the bathroom. A walk-in shower thus eliminates the need for curtains and doors.

That means there's less that can break, such as hinges, and less that can mold irreparably. It's very hard to get moldy shower curtains completely clean, meaning you have to replace them constantly. That can be a drag just because of the added cost and time of going to the store to pick out a new curtain. Doors can be easier to clean, but they can show soap scum layers very easily, which means you have to repeat that cleaning quite often to keep the doors looking good. Marbled glass doors hide soap scum only so much, so don't think you can install those and get away with less cleaning.

Soap-Scum-Hiding Appeal

A walk-in offers some real advantages. Use white blocks and tiles so that soap scum doesn't show up easily. Seal the grout well so that mildew doesn't get much of a foothold -- in fact, when you remodel, that would also be a good time to look at the ventilation in your bathroom. New ventilation and white walk-in shower walls can really make keeping your bathroom clean a snap.

If you're willing to do a little more cleaning, though, you can get multi-colored tiles and have the installers design a beautiful wall for you. Add color accents or make the whole wall a different color -- either one is easy with walk-in showers. If you'd like more information on walk-in showers, contact a bathroom remodel contractor today.