Who likes to stand in a shower with soap-filled water around him? Not many of us think about bathroom or shower drains, but they are actually one of the main features in every bathroom. As the current home builders are debating on the best type of shower drains, thus it is important to discuss and inform you about the linear shower drain that has now become popular as it offers numerous benefits.
The following are some pros and cons of having linear shower drains; to help you find out if you need to have them or not.
Pros of the linear shower drains
Install wherever you want.
The best thing about having a linear drain is the freedom to install it wherever you want. Unlike the center drains, where you need to make the shower floor sloppy from all four directions, with the linear drain, you only need a uni-directional slope.
No need to build a curb in the shower.
This might not feel a very prominent benefit, but as you will grow older, crossing that curb will become even more difficult. With the linear shower drain, you will not have to build a curb to retain the shower water, simply build a linear shower drain beside the entrance, and it will function as a curb, resultantly making your shower an easy-to-use place.
For the aesthetics
Having a center shower drain will disturb the look of the bathroom floor. Contrary to it, a linear shower drain will not curb the appealing decorations look of the bathroom. Many interior designers and architects prefer the linear shower drains, as they get to create different appealing looks with them.
You might not know this but having a sloppy floor in the shower is quite risky. Having a center shower drain will make you create a tetra directional slope, but for the linear shower drain, it will be a uni-directional slope making your shower a safer place. Similarly, if there is some disabled person, so he cannot climb up the shower with a curb and a center shower drain, only the linear shower can help in this regard.
Cons of the linear shower drains
Difficult to clean.
The linear shower drain will cover a large area. Thus, cleaning them is relatively tougher. However, using a solution to clean all the debris in one go can help, but still, you will have to pour extra solutions. Secondly, as the velocity of the water going down the drain will be quite lower, so chances are that debris and hair might get stuck in the linear drain, which means you will have to clean the linear drain after every few days.
The linear shower drain is definitely a good choice, but installing it will cost you a few more bucks. So far, the only affordable solution for shower drains is the center shower drains. So, if you want to save money, then you should go for the center shower drain.