Hi BP! I'm closing on a property next Thursday that will be a rental. I'm concerned because it has a shower and not a bath tub. The issue is that there is a shower rod and not a glass door to enclose the shower. I know for a fact that this set up is not idea...water easily escapes the shower with just a curtain (I have the same issue at my primary residence). I think the area is too short to have an actual tub, which is probably why they opted for a shower...I don't think there's 5 feet there.
Do you recommend putting in a glass shower door so that the floor, subfloor, walls and molding don't get water damage? Or does that sound like a bad idea in a low-income rental? The worst I imagined was putting up a $300 door that they somehow manage to break or otherwise destroy. I
If you wouldn't put in the shower door, what would you do? What are the alternatives if the space is too small for a tub?
I think it depends what the base floor is. If you are sitting on concrete, it is less of a problem. Wood, for sure.
Shower curtains, even in tubs, result in more water coming down on the floor. So the glass enclosures are the best. If you get lucky, they may have a standard one that can fit right in - and you buy that at Home Depot. If you have to get a custom one, then it is obviously going to cost you.
The fact that there is no tub, shouldn't deter too many renters. Tubs are really useful for those with small children. Most people take showers exclusively.
I have a 2 BR condo that only has a shower and it limits tenants with only older children because smaller children like to take baths. Is your property a house or apartment?
And yes, I put in a glass door to limit water damage. It had a shower curtain.
@Jim C. Its a row house. But the only issue is that the rent is only $500 a month. I'm not sure if its a good idea to spend more than 1/2 of one month's rent on shower door, just seems like it they could easily break it and cost me more money. Were you nervous about putting a glass door on yours?
@Brian Ploszay Thanks for the feedback. Its on the second floor of a hundred year old row house, so I'm guessing theres woodsub floors. Also, it looks like there is stick down tile on the floor...not a good combo at all for a shower with no door. Would you take the chance of putting in a glass door on a low income rental?
I would caulk where the vinyl floor meets the baseboard and wall. I would probably get the shower door. I would also throw a floor matt on the floor outside the shower. Hopefully they will use it. I have replaced numerous subfloors for rotten bathrooms. It happens over time. But it takes many many years for that to happen.
@Colleen F. Good point! I'm going with my gut and getting the shower door.
Thanks everyone!!! :)
On some of the lower priced showers we have installed plastic laminate shower doors. 50% the price of glass, much lighter & after one shattered it was the safest option.
Had the same issue. I ended up just buying a glass door. Figured it would cost more to fix water damage than to replace a shower door.
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