Now that your kids have grown up, and moved away, it's time to start remodeling your house. One of the first things you should do is get rid of the old bathtub, and replace it with a new shower. The bathtub was a great idea when your kids were young, and you needed an efficient way to get them clean. However, now that they've moved away, you don't need the tub anymore. Now's the perfect time to treat yourself to the luxury, and benefits of a new shower. To help you make up your mind, here are four reasons why a new shower would be to your advantage.

They're Safer Than Tubs

Have you ever caught your foot on the edge of the tub while you were trying to get in, or out? If you have, you know how frightening it is to come that close to falling. If you've ever fallen while getting into, or out of, the tub, you know how serious the injuries can be. By removing your old tub, and having a new zero-clearance shower, and a frameless shower enclosure, installed in your bathroom, you'll eliminate that danger.

They're Easier to Clean

Have you ever wished you could get out of cleaning the soap scum off your bathtub enclosure? Or looked at the ring around the tub and wished you didn't need to look at that anymore? If you have, it's time to get rid of the old tub. Once you have your new shower installed, you'll never need to deal with soap scum, or bathtub rings again. You'll just need to remove the water with a squeegee after each use, and your shower will look squeaky clean all the time.

They're Mobility-Friendly

Have you been wondering what you'll do when it's time to retire? Have you thought about all the mobility-issues that are in your home, such as the bathtub? If you have, you need a new shower. Tubs can reduce your ability to care for yourself once you begin having mobility problems. However, with a zero-clearance shower, and a frameless shower enclosure, you'll be able to maintain your own personal hygiene care even with mobility problems.

They're Better for the Environment

Have you ever wondered how much water you waste each time you take a bath? The answer might surprise you. The average tub holds about 25 gallons of water. Larger tubs, such as the garden variety, can hold up 80 gallons. That means, when you take a bath, you're using about that much water. However, when you take a shower, you'll only use about 17 gallons of water. You can use even less water if you switch to a low-flow shower head.

Don't stick with the old shower. Give yourself room to relax by having a new shower installed instead. For more information, contact an expert in bathroom remodel design.