A walk-in shower is not the only thing that makes showering an exciting experience. Several other accessories come with a walk-in shower and are meant to make the experience look and feel great. Such accessories come at their separate prices that add up to the total cost of installing a walk-in shower. For example, multi showerhead costs between $50 and $100. A showerhead is used to directly spray water and costs around $30 and $60. A hand shower allows for easier cleaning from all angles. It costs between $40 and $100.
- The Type of Doors
Most walk-in showers need doors in one way or another, while most of them rely on either a shower curtain, shower panels, or stationary panels. However, some walk-in showers are designed in a way that they do not need doors. For example, a spray panel improves the look and feel in the bathroom and costs about $100. Sliding doors are the most common doors with walk-in showers. They are the most preferred because they come ready to install and they do not cost so much – about $300. Frameless panels are also common with walk-in showers.
They come in two types; clear and decorated (frosted, tinted, or textured). They can run from the floor to the ceiling or they can run to about two-thirds of the height. A clear frameless door goes about $900 while the decorated one goes at about $50sq.ft.
Surround means any material that is used to contain water in the walk-in shower from spreading to the neighboring rooms. There is a wide variety of options to choose from when looking for a surround material. They come in different colors, styles, prices, and texture. For example, ceramic tile is the most common material, most probably because it is the least expensive – at $5 per square feet. For example, stone and solid slabs are the most stylish and for this reason, they are the most expensive, going at around $100 per square feet. If you want class and elegance at a relatively fair price, then you can either go with stone or glass tiles. These are beautiful, versatile, and are easy to clean and maintain. They both cost approximately $20 per square feet.
Walk-in showers can be made in a wide range of designs, shapes, and sizes, depending on your personal preferences. The size and shape of your walk-in shower are determined by several factors such as the amount of your floor space, the size of your budget, your unique taste, and the shape of your bathroom. For example, neo angle layout is best suitable for corner shaped bathroom and has a straight front edge. It is the least expensive layout since it costs somewhere between $400 and $1000. A wet room is the most expensive to install, going at around $750-$1000. It is characterized by an elevated stand that is inclined at an angle to allow drainage of water.
- Installation Labor
Installation labor takes the lion’s share of the total cost of installing a walk-in shower. It is determined by the layout of the shower, the materials you use for the surround as well as the floor, and the type of door or shower screen you use. For example, the installation of an acrylic prefab shower stall is easy and straight forward and can be completed in about 3 to 4 hours. After water and electrical conduits have already been laid down, the installation of acrylic prefab shower stall costs between $300 and $500.
Installing a walk-in shower is not meant to be a DIY task, not unless you have the necessary skills in construction. Instead of spending so much of your money in buying some great materials and end up messing it on the installation part, call your contractor. They will offer professional advice to help make an informed decision when choosing the materials. They will also do an amazing job that will not just make you proud, but also worth your money.