Should You Update Your Bathtub or Shower?
Is your bathroom looking a little dated? Even as one of the most-used rooms in a home, bathrooms can often be overlooked in favor of spending time and money remodeling other areas that are thought of as “more glamorous.” One of the best ways to refresh your bathroom is by updating your bathtub or shower. Whether you want to replace your old tub with a new walk-in shower, install a deeper soaking tub, or give yourself a more accessible bathing option, there are lots of things to consider before getting started.
At Herl’s, we believe remodeling your bathroom deserves to be more than an afterthought. Use this guide to help you determine how to make the right choices for your bathroom renovation to fit your family’s needs.
Bathtub or shower?
As you use your bathroom every day, do you find yourself daydreaming of a beautiful new shower or soaking tub? Before you can move forward in the remodeling process, you’ll have to decide whether or not you want to include one, the other, or both in your bathroom.
The first step is to consider the people who will be using the space the most. If you have young children, you’ll likely need at least one bathtub in your home to make bathing easier for them. Likewise, aging relatives often find it easier to sit while bathing, as opposed to standing for a prolonged amount of time in the shower.
On the other hand, if you or a family member needs a bathing space that is wheelchair accessible, a doorless shower might be a better option for your bathroom.
Shape and size
Another factor you should consider when deciding to update your bathroom is what can fit comfortably, and functionally, in your space. You may have your heart set on a gorgeous walk-in shower, only to realize you don’t have space for it to fit in your bathroom and comply with building codes.
When you meet with the experts at Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions, we’ll walk you through the process every step of the way to ensure that the bathroom of your dreams can be a reality in your space.
Why you should consider updating your bathroom
Everyone has their own reason for wanting to remodel their bathroom, but we’ve found that most of our customers are looking to update their bathroom for one (or more) of the following reasons.
Your shower or bath has an outdated look
Nothing shows the age of your home quite like an outdated bathroom. While bright pink tile may have once been trendy, it can look more like an eyesore compared to modern bathrooms.
When you choose Herl’s for your bathroom remodel, we’ll work with you to determine the products that match your style, for a look that’s timeless.
Increased home value
Thinking of selling your home in the not-so-distant future? A bathroom remodel can significantly increase your home’s resale value. Many buyers expect new, high-quality products when they’re house shopping. Give them just what they want with a beautiful and functional new bathroom.
We proudly offer an array of safety features for both bathtubs and showers, including:
- ADA-compliant showers
- Built-in seating options
- Long or short grab bars
- Anti-slip footing
- Foot pedestals
- And more!
Benefits of a new acrylic shower or bathtub
At Herl’s we love using high-quality acrylic material for our bathroom remodels. Here are just a few reasons we think acrylic is the best choice for your updated bathtub or shower. We think you’ll love it too!
It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes
Acrylic is a malleable material, meaning that it can be made into virtually any shape or size you can imagine. This makes it easier to fit the tub of your choice within the space of your bathroom since it’s not limited by a set shape.
It retains heat
There’s nothing worse than stepping into a tub of lukewarm or cool water. You won’t have to worry about that with an acrylic tub, as the nonporous material holds in heat better than most other materials.
How does acrylic compare?
Still not convinced that acrylic is the best of the best? Here’s how acrylic compares to another popular bathroom material, tile.
Acrylic vs. tile
Many people automatically associate tile with bathroom projects, but acrylic is actually a cheaper material that is easier to maintain than tile. It’s also more durable than tile and less susceptible to chips, cracks, and scratches.
Similarly, acrylic is easy to clean, allowing you to spend more time relaxing and enjoying your new tub and shower and less time scrubbing away dirt and grime.
Additional benefits of acrylic
The safety of our customers is always at the top of our minds. We choose to use acrylic for all of the reasons listed above, but most importantly because it’s naturally slip-resistant, meaning our customers are safer in an acrylic bathtub or shower than they are when bathing in something made from a different material.
As an added bonus, all of our acrylic showers and bathtubs come with a lifetime warranty!
How to properly care for an acrylic bathtub or shower
We recognize that purchasing a new tub or shower is an investment and we want to help you keep it in the best shape possible over the years.
You can keep your new bath or shower looking extraordinary by following a few simple tips, like using mild soap and water with a soft cloth for normal, everyday cleaning. We also recommend staying away from ammonia-based products and aerosol cleaners, which could leave your acrylic looking dull or cracked.
How long will it take for my new acrylic bathtub or shower to be installed?
Each project can vary based on a number of different factors, but, in some cases, we can install a new shower or bathtub in as little as one day!
When you sit down for a free consultation with our talented team of experts, we’ll talk through timeframes for your bathroom remodel so you know exactly what to expect from the beginning.
What are the next steps?
Now that you know more about how to choose the right tub or shower for your home, we’re here to guide you! Contact us today for a free quote, check out our current special, or look through some of our customer reviews to see what other people have to say about their experience working with Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions.
When you’re ready to make the bathroom of your dreams a reality, we’ll be there for you every step of the way.
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