Bathtub and shower in new luxury home

After the events of the past year and the challenges of families spending more time at home, remodeling projects are at an all-time high. As homeowners continue to look for ways to upgrade their living spaces, bathroom remodeling is on the rise.

As home experts note, remodeling or renovating an existing bathroom not only adds value to a home, but it is also an attractive home update – and can be a welcome, much-needed change that can improve the quality of life for many.

It is not only an improvement in aesthetics and livability that can be gained by remodeling a bathroom. There are significant health benefits that can also be obtained by a bathroom remodel, including important safety improvements. From replacing old bathroom tiles that might be broken or slippery to fixing plumbing problems and water leaks, remodeling a bathroom can make your bathroom safer for you, your family and visitors. 

Not only that, remodeling your bathroom is a great opportunity to address and correct the serious issue of unwanted moisture contributing to bathroom mold and mildew … and the health problems that can result from damage caused by excess moisture in and around tubs and showers.

While there has never been a better time to embark on a remodeling project, there are some things homeowners should consider before taking those first steps towards a better, and healthier, bathroom: 

• Choose wisely. Make sure that the new products and surfaces you choose for your bathroom can truly handle moisture – including your tub and shower (which can often be a source of unwanted moisture and leaks.) Leak-free custom shower systems not only effectively stop leaks from happening, but also protect your bathroom from the growth of harmful mold and mildew.

• Ventilation is key. It’s critical to have proper ventilation in order to avoid the bathroom becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew, so make sure to include a good exhaust fan in your bathroom planning to help prevent excess moisture accumulation and keep the air flowing. 

• Upgrade your storage. Not only should your new bathroom look beautiful, but it can also incorporate some important storage solutions you might not have had in your previous bathrooms.  While things like a pedestal sink might look great, choosing a vanity sink with cabinets underneath, or making sure to add a medicine cabinet or other shelving, can prove to be a valuable use of space.

Remodeling a bathroom offers homeowners a great opportunity to improve the look and function of their homes – while also bringing added health benefits by creating spaces that can prevent the growth of mold and mildew.   

Craig Carlson is the director of technical services at KBRS, which manufactures waterproof and leak-free shower systems. For more information visit kbrs.com.