Not sure if a walk in shower is the right choice for you? Tossing up between a walk in enclosure and more traditional glass shower screens?

In this blog, we’ll compare the pros and cons of walk-in showers against traditional showers with glass shower screens. By the end, we hope you’ll be able to make a clear, informed decision based on your specific needs and preferences.

What is a walk-in shower?

In case you’re not sure, let’s first explain what a walk-in shower is.

Put simply, a walk-in shower is a shower that you can walk into without any obstruction. There are no doors and generally the floor of the shower will sit flush with the rest of the bathroom. Usually, walk-in showers have one or more fixed glass shower screens to capture water.

In some cases, people also place a bath inside the enclosure. Often, when a bath is included, this is called a wet space.

Walk-in shower vs traditional shower.

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of each option:

Accessibility and convenience

One of the most significant advantages of a walk-in shower is its accessibility. With its barrier-free design, this shower style is perfect for people with mobility issues or those who simply prefer a more spacious, open showering experience.

While not as accessible or convenient, traditional showers offer one important thing that walk-in showers may not – they capture practically 100 per cent of the water. This will depend on how much space you have (see below), but generally, if you have a walk-in shower you need to accept that some water will escape.

Space

One of the benefits of a walk-in shower is they create the illusion of space. This is simply because of their sleekness and the lack of, or reduced number of, glass shower screen panels and hardware.

One drawback of the walk-in shower is you need a bit of space to pull it off. While some recommend at least 1000mm X 1000mm, we’d recommend more. Around 1000mm X 1800mm will allow for a spacious single shower and provide enough space for a single fixed glass shower panel to capture water.

Aesthetics

Walk-in showers aren’t just popular for their accessibility and convenience. They’re often sought after for their sleek and modern appearance. Their open design can make your bathroom feel more spacious and airy and fit the modern, minimalistic style that is on trend.

It could be argued, however, that traditional showers with glass shower screens can appear just as sleek, good-looking, modern and minimalistic. This is particularly the case if you choose frameless or semi-frameless shower screens and doors.

Maintenance and cleaning

When it comes to maintenance and cleaning, walk-in showers take the lead. Their open design makes it easier to clean, as there are no nooks and crannies for soap scum or mould to accumulate. There’s also very little that can go wrong with a walk-in shower enclosure, and therefore it can be considered maintenance-free.

Traditional showers may take a little more effort to keep sparkling clean, particularly if your shower screens have frames and even more so if you have a sliding door. There are also more moving parts and, therefore, more that can go wrong. However, modern, well-made and installed glass shower screens and doors require very little maintenance.

Conclusion

If you’re tossing up between a walk-in shower and a more traditional shower enclosure, we hope the above details will help you decide. You can always give Adelaide Shower Screens a call on 08 7111 0000 or visit us in our showroom for further advice.

At the end of the day, there is no clear winner. Both shower options offer unique benefits that cater to different preferences and needs. Ultimately, it boils down to what matters most to you and what will suit your specific needs.

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