What’s all-around better? Having a shower or taking a bath? Baths vs Showers is a question that has often led to debates on the advantages and disadvantages. Of course, the answer is really about your preference and how much time you have to bathe, but from a plumbing and water conservation viewpoint, which is the better option?
Does a Bath or a Shower Consume More Water?
Generally, if just one person is bathing and there is a time limit placed on the length of the shower, then having a shower will usually use less water than filling up a bathtub. Some people like to rinse off under the shower after completing their bath, which uses up even more water.
Alternatively, if you have kids, they might share the same bathwater, which ultimately leads to a saving on the amount of water going down the drain.
Installing a Shower Only Can Be a Cheaper Alternative
When a bath is installed, there is usually a shower to accompany it; either rigged up above the bathtub or as a separate shower cubicle. Therefore, opting to install a bath will usually add more to the bathroom renovation or construction expenses. There is also more to maintain and keep clean when you have both a bathtub and a shower.
If you can afford to install both and enjoy having options, then having a shower and a bath is fine. On the other hand, if you want to save money and water, then having a shower only will likely be the better option. Either way, the age-old debate of baths vs showers lives on.
If you need any advice on the installation of a bath or shower contact your local plumber today.
Check out our article about water conservation in the home.