Space-saving solutions to luxurious bathing are available in many new products, including the complete shower bath kits available from a variety of manufacturers.
What is a Shower Bath?
Simply put, this is a unit integrating shower components with the bathtub and in some models, towel racks and other necessities as well. The complete package is pre-assembled, and usually pre-plumbed, making it easy to install by hooking up to existing pipes.
Another advantage to the tub/shower combination is the one-piece construction. Single piece fiberglass units covered in acrylic have walls built in, so there is no need to tile the walls, and less chance of leaks when properly installed. The caveat is their size. The single unit can be large and will not fit through standard doorways, making this a good choice in new construction.
These units are made with bath shower screens and without, and like bathtubs, come in a variety of styles and shapes to fit different rooms. For example, corner units made with a clear glass or acrylic shower screen fit well into a small bathroom. Order a model with towel racks and toiletry holders and eliminate the need for further expense or installation time.
Variety and Necessity
Two good reasons to buy shower baths are price of product and price of installation. Many packages on the market can be found for less than $600 dollars, before installation. Contrast this with the cost of purchasing a decent tub, shower hardware, a shower door or partial screen and other accessories, and this is a bargain.
There are exceptions, though. Sensation overloading shower bath suites may include high-end showerheads and better quality fixtures, driving the price up. Nonetheless, for a budget minded makeover, the combination bath shower unit is ideal. The unit costs less, and because each item is not installed separately, the cost of installation is typically lower.
Small bathrooms do benefit from this compact system, but although they are space-efficient as a rule, a bath and shower system can take up as much space as non-integrated pieces. Carefully laying out the square footage of the bathroom area ensures buying the right size tub, and allows for unobstructed movement.
Besides being easy to install and less expensive, a shower bath unit takes the guesswork out of matching up fixtures and accessories, and saves time. Choose the product you like, make sure it fits the bathroom space, and your shopping is complete.