SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction (, a construction and remodeling company in the South Bay area of Southern California, recently took time to answer some common questions about walk-in showers. The California construction company has been in the construction and remodeling business for over 40 years.

David Clarke, co-owner of Silva Construction, offered answers to some of the most common questions on the subject of walk-in showers:

Can Walk-In Showers Depreciate Home Value?

Replacing a bathtub with a walk-in shower can elevate home worth, appealing notably to those seeking contemporary aesthetics and accessibility, potentially yielding a $1.71 return on every dollar invested. Yet, there’s a caveat: there’s a risk of deterring buyers who favor traditional bathtubs.

Do Walk-In Showers Conserve Water?

Comparatively, showers consume between 10 to 25 gallons of water, whereas a bath may devour up to 70 gallons. Switching to a shower could lead to substantial savings on water bills!

Are Walk-In Showers Safe?

Walk-in showers facilitate easy access for individuals with mobility limitations, using mobility aids, or in wheelchairs. They’re also well-suited for children, seniors, and those with disabilities. However, surfaces like tile and cement can be dangerously slippery. Incorporating slip-resistant flooring ensures stable footing and minimizes the risk of slips. Moreover, strategically placing grab bars within the shower area provides additional support.

Does a Walk-In Shower Count as a Full Bathroom?

In short, a walk-in shower alone does not constitute a full bath. A bathroom earns the “full bath” designation only when equipped with all four essentials: sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub. Absent any of these components, it falls short of the classification.

David Clarke and Brenda Silva are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at and their website can be seen at They can be reached at 310-831-6310.