Empower Yourself with Greater Safety Options in Your Shower

Power of the Shower: Accessibility and Safety Edition

Shower Conversion

Your bathroom is more than just a functional space—it’s a sanctuary. That’s why it’s critical to make sure your bathroom is a clean and comfortable place you love being in. 

If you’re into home renovations, one option is converting your tub into a shower. Not only does it make your bathroom more sleek and modern, but it also improves safety and accessibility. 

In this article, we’ll explore safety reasons behind shower conversions, including… 

  • Extra space
  • Reduced risk of slips and falls
  • Better accessibility and a more customized space
  • Lower water bills and improved water conservation
  • Easier to clean

Whether you're considering remodeling your entire bathroom or just want to add a couple of modifications, converting your tub to a shower is a safe option—in more ways than one.

But First: What is a Shower Conversion?

A shower conversion is the process of converting a bathtub or older shower into a newer, better performing shower. 

You can remove the existing tub and replace it with a walk-in shower enclosure or modify the existing space to create a walk-in shower. Sometimes a conversion project involves redirecting the plumbing and making structural changes, but don’t stress because it doesn’t always have to be a big overhaul. 

So what are some of the safety benefits of a shower conversion? 

Extra Bathing Space

A cramped bathroom can make getting ready stressful. Since tubs are horizontal, they can take up a lot of room. But switch out that tub for a shower and BOOM! You’ve got way more space available and can breathe easier.

Roomier Bathroom

If you live in a home where accessibility needs are high, a roomier bathroom can better accommodate mobility aids, such as walkers or wheelchairs. This makes it easier to move around safely—which is a bonus even if you don’t need help! No matter your needs, extra space in your bathroom can make it easier to use and enjoy the space and improve the aesthetics.

Reduced Risk of Slipping and Falling

Did you know that the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in a home? It’s where injuries happen the most. 

Slippery Bathroom

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 80% of bathroom-related injuries were caused by slips and falls. Regardless of age or agility, injuries can happen to anyone. In fact, every year more than 40,000 children and teens head to the emergency room due to injuries in slippery bathrooms.

Walk-in showers have fewer barriers than tubs, which make them ideal for safer bath experiences. No more big steps into or out of the tub.

Showers also present less of a risk of slipping and falling compared to bathtubs, as you can modify the surface to be non-slip and the water is not as deep. 

Better Accessibility

With a shower conversion, you can customize however you’d like. Whatever your accessibility needs are, you can tailor your bathroom to perfectly fit your needs with modifications such as:

Shower Conversion by Five Star Bath Solutions
  • A shower bench for a built-in seat for relaxation and mobility needs.
  • Grab bars, which are great for stability.
  • Raised shelves, removing the need to bend over to pick up items (and making a great shave ledge too!).
  • Multiple shower head options. A handheld shower head can help you clean all over, while an attached head allows you to use both hands.

There are also some non-slip options you can look into, both permanent and temporary:

  • Non-slip coating: Apply a non-slip coating to the shower floor. These coatings are typically made of a durable epoxy or polyurethane and can provide a long-lasting, slip-resistant surface.
  • Non-slip tile: Put tile in your shower with a textured surface that provides a slip-resistant surface. You can also use a slip-resistant grout.
  • Non-slip strips: These strips are typically made of a rubber or PVC material and can be attached to the shower floor.
  • Non-slip mat: If temporary is more your style, place a non-slip mat on the shower floor. This type of mat is made of a rubber or PVC material and has suction cups on the bottom to keep it in place.

Additional Benefits

In addition to all of the safety benefits of a tub-to-shower conversion, there a several other benefits that come with making the switch as well.

Save Money on Your Water Bill

Save Money on Your Water Bill

How does saving money connect to bathroom safety? There are a few ways:

1. Encouraging conservation

The average shower uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute, which means a 10-minute shower uses 25 gallons of water. In contrast, the average bath takes at least 36 gallons (and a full bath can use up to 50 gallons!). 

With a shower, you can save over 4,000 gallons of water a year, making a shower easier on the environment and your wallet.

2. Maintenance 

By saving on your water bill, you have more resources to maintain your home's plumbing. This can help prevent leaks, pipe bursts, and other problems that can cause water damage to your home.

3. Prevent mold and mildew 

By using less water, you reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth in your bathroom. (Less moisture = less of the warm, wet environment where mold thrives.) You’ll improve indoor air quality and prevent health problems associated with mold exposure.

Easier to Clean

Showers are easier to clean than bathtubs. This in turn makes it easier to clean more often, better preventing the buildup of soap scum. And because showers tend to dry out faster than tubs, they also reduce the growth of mildew and mold, which can be harder to remove and cause health hazards.

Easier to Clean

Showers also don't have as many hard-to-reach areas as tubs do, such as the space between the tub and the wall. 

In addition, many modern shower materials are designed to be easy to clean and maintain, such as glass enclosures, fiberglass or acrylic surfaces, and non-porous tiles, making cleaning even easier and more effective.  

In particular, Five Star Bath Solutions shines in this arena! Our exclusive panels are low maintenance and long lasting, making them a fantastic choice for anyone—whether you have less mobility or just don’t love scrubbing a shower.    

Seal the Deal with the Professionals

If you’re looking for a safer bathroom, Five Star Bath Solutions has you covered. We offer a variety of safety features and conversion options, including:

  • Shower benches
  • Grab bars
  • Non-slip coatings
  • Raised shelves
  • Multiple shower head options
  • Floor to ceiling continuous walls
  • Large variety of colors and textures
  • Elegant natural stone color selections
  • 100% protection from water and mold damage

We’re fast workers too. You won’t be without a bathroom for long as we typically finish in just 1-2 days, and we also offer flexible payment plans to make financing simple.

Our exclusive composite panels are… 

  • Affordable
  • Safe and hygienic
  • Convenient
  • Beautiful
  • Longer lasting than anything else on the market
  • Guaranteed waterproof for life 

We also guarantee 100% protection from water damage and mold, which makes the safety element even more of a no-brainer. 

Give yourself the gift of safety. Book your free design consultation today at https://fivestarbathsolutions.com/