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Plumbing  /  May 17, 2022

4 Benefits of Having a Bathtub

Benefits of bathtub in your home

There are many reasons why a bathroom may not include a bathtub. Maybe it is only intended to be a half-bath and a tub is neither needed nor desired. Sometimes the bathroom is too small to accommodate a bathtub, and only a shower will fit.

However, there is also a recent trend in home design and building to exclude bathtubs, sometimes from the entire house but more often just from the master bathroom. While there are some reasons to exclude bathtubs in favour of showers, there are also some important benefits to having a tub. If you are interested in adding a tub to a bathroom that doesn’t already have one, plumbing services in Scarborough can install one for you.

1. Improves the Look of the Bathroom

A bathtub takes up a lot of the bathroom’s square footage, and some people see that as a disadvantage. However, a bathtub has an aesthetic value that a shower often does not. If it is installed correctly, a tub can become the bathroom’s main focal point. You can enhance the effect by choosing a tub with decorative elements, such as different colours, claw feet, or special fixtures. The bathroom is a place to relax and soothe yourself, and that can be a lot easier when the setting is more attractive.

2. Potentially Increases Home Value

The trend in new homes seems to be moving away from bathtubs, and yet, some homebuyers still have preferences for baths rather than showers. These buyers may be willing to pay extra for a bathtub, especially if they are having difficulty finding a home that includes one. This could put you at a distinct advantage if you plan to sell your home, whether now or in the future. It could help even more if your tub is an upgrade from the standard tubs that are available anywhere. For example, a soaking tub with high sides that allow you to immerse more of your body at a time could attract potential buyers.

3. Makes Bathing Young Children Possible

Infants are small enough that they can be bathed in the sink. However, before long your child will be too big for that, and yet, still too young to stand under the shower by himself or herself to get clean. What is a parent to do? There are few, if any, practical solutions other than to have a bathtub installed if there isn’t one in the home already.

Fortunately, architects and home builders are aware of this necessity and typically build family homes with at least one bathtub. This is usually not in the master bathroom but in a separate bathroom to be shared by the other occupants of the house. It is usually a standard tub with shorter sides so you can reach over it effectively when bathing your children. In this instance, a soaking tub with high sides would not be practical and would present an unnecessary complication.

4. Provides Pain Relief

You may have acute musculoskeletal pain due to unusually exerting yourself, or you may have chronic pain due to conditions such as arthritis. In either case, a hot bath can provide at least some temporary relief. Exposure to heat causes dilation of the blood vessels, increasing blood circulation to the affected area. This helps to provide pain relief and promote healing. Soaking in a hot bath also promotes relaxation, which helps to reduce muscle tension that may be contributing to your pain. Whether you take a bath every day for chronic pain or only once in a while for acute pain, you’ll appreciate the pain relief that it provides.

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When you are planning bathroom renovations in Scarborough, turn to the experienced professionals at Handyman Connection to handle bathtub installation and other plumbing needs.

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