If you have been browsing on Pinterest or flipping through design magazines recently, you’ve probably noticed something missing. Namely, shower doors. They are disappearing from bathrooms and homeowners who’ve nixed them have no regrets.
There is so much to love about a walk-in shower. It just feels very high-end and spa-like without a high-end price tag. Here, we break down the pros and cons of saying goodbye to barriers and embracing a doorless walk-in shower.
Pros of Doorless Walk-In Showers
- Space Saving
You don’t need to have an extra spacious bathroom to make a doorless walk-in shower work in your home. In fact, walk-in showers can be great space savers by taking up a smaller footprint than a traditional tub and shower combination. If you do have space, designers are adding separate soaking tubs to the bathroom plans in addition to the shower stall.
- ADA and Senior Friendly
With a doorless shower, you can easily create a zero-entry shower that is much easier to access for those with mobility issues. You can have a curbless shower that a wheelchair can easily roll into. For seniors, walking straight into a shower, rather than climbing over the side of the tub is much safer, and decreases the risk for slips and falls.
- Easy Cleaning
This pro is especially true if you opt for an all tile shower enclosure in lieu of a glass separator. Wiping down tile is much easier than keeping glass spot and soap residue-free. Plus it’s less prone to mildew and mold because the open design allows it to air out and dry better than showers with curtains or doors that trap moisture.
Cons of Doorless Walk-In Showers
- Moisture Management
Homeowners worry about water getting everywhere with a walk-in shower configuration and this is something to consider. Waterproofing both walls and floors is vitally important. Painted drywall or wood trim that has the potential to get wet daily is not a good idea. If it is too close to a walk-in shower it will be prone to rot and mildew. Ideally, you want to have either tile or waterproof vinyl plank flooring in areas that have the potential to get wet from the shower stall.
- Less Privacy
Admittedly, this is a big one. By losing the shower door, or curtain, for that matter, you are losing a level of privacy. Or at the least, the illusion of privacy. That might not matter as much if you have an open bathroom concept where there’s little privacy anyway or you’re used to a glass surround shower stall.
If you are ready to incorporate the walk-in doorless shower trend in your bathroom and toss your shower curtain, there are some important things to consider, but it can work well if done correctly.
About Flowers Flooring
For help tiling your new walk-in doorless shower and bathroom, please contact Flowers Flooring at (704) 445-7750. For those that still want a shower door, Flowers Flooring can handle that to. Our showroom is in Cornelius, NC. We are a full-service flooring and installation provider that specializes in all flooring types, including carpet, hardwood, sand & finish, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, tile floors, tile showers, tile backsplash, and much more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Be sure to inquire about our current promotion and financing offers. Flowers Flooring services the entire Charlotte, NC metro area including but not limited to Mooresville, Cornelius, Denver, Ballantyne, Concord, Kannapolis, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and many more.