If a bathroom renovation is on your radar, it’s good to know what your options are. If you’ve been doing your research and checking out articles in the latest home reno magazines, you have likely come across doorless showers. They can make a bathroom reno move from good to GREAT and make your washroom an amazing space. But, as with anything, this may not be the right choice for you and your home. Here’s what you need to know.
First, let’s talk about the pros of doorless showers. Before anything else, a doorless shower just looks great. It makes your bathroom look bigger, and lends a certain luxury to the space due to its uniqueness. However, the pros are more than just cosmetic.
A shower without a door means there is no door to clean. With the glass not there, there’s no opportunity for hard water buildup, giving you more time to enjoy the space. Doorless showers also have no curb when you step into the shower, meaning that those with mobility issues can get in and out without the possibility of tripping and falling.
On the other hand, while they can make your space look bigger, a doorless shower will use up more real estate in your washroom than a standard shower/tub combo, or shower stall. With no door, there’s also the potential that the shower will feel drafty due to airflow through the bathroom.
Two more things to consider with doorless showers are the financials; First, a doorless shower is a custom project, meaning that it’s made just for your home based on your specifications. This type of work comes at a premium, and because it’s so specific, it brings up the second point; if the doorless shower is replacing your home’s only tub, it can have an adverse effect on the resale value of your home.