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Remodeling your home’s bathroom is an exciting decision. You can choose exciting new features or upgrade the ones you already have—the choices are endless.

One of the biggest dilemmas in bathroom renovations Ottawa is choosing between a walk-in shower or a bathtub.

Since both come with their own benefits, it’s essential to evaluate each based on which will be a better investment for your home.

Shower Resale Value:

A shower is one of those features that have broad appeal for potential home buyers. Installing a large curbless shower in a universally designed bathroom can give you a return on investment of about 62.5%.

According to a 2013 survey of home buyers, most people want to have three features in their bathrooms. These are a linen closet, an exhaust fan, and a shower/tub combination in the master bedroom.

Bathtub Resale Value:

A porcelain tub-shower combination gives you an ROI of about 67.2% of the cost. Most real estate agents tell homeowners to leave at least one bathtub in the home so it’s more appealing to families with small children.

If you only have one bathroom, instead of having a separate tub, a tub-shower combo may work to give you double the benefits with half the footprint.

: A modern bathroom with a bathtub and a shower


You also need to factor in your personal preferences. If you prefer to get clean quickly, a shower is your best bet. Moreover, a hot shower can be soothing for sore muscles after a tiring day.

But if you prefer taking your time, a bath provides a luxurious experience. While you may not soak in your tub every day, it can be helpful for these evenings when you want to wind down and relax.


If you want to make your master bathroom more luxurious, you can add a tub and shower.

Don’t skimp on features for a luxury bathroom. A free-standing tub can act as a centerpiece for the room, and a walk-in shower can create a spa-like experience.

Water Consumption:

Showers use about two-thirds of water typically consumed in baths. A one-time soak in a bath consumes about 30 gallons, and with a whirlpool or a deep soaker, it may increase to 80-100 gallons.

With showers, you can install different fixtures to reduce your water consumption. Taking a ten-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 20 gallons of water. With less time, you may consume even less water.

But with a tub, you always use the same amount of water, no matter how long you spend in it.

All of these considerations may help you choose, but you should still get an expert opinion from your bathroom contractor Ottawa.

At Tremblay Renovation, we provide the best bathroom renovations at the friendliest prices. Get in touch with us to get a free quote now!

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Bryan Tremblay is the proud owner of Tremblay Renovation Inc. since 1989. Bryan was born in northern Ontario in a small French community, and he is proud to offer his services in both French and English. Being from the North, Bryan loves to spend time in nature. After moving away from the North, he needed a place to do just that. So he built a cottage for his family and friends from scratch; That is where he spends most of his weekends.

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