Is a linear drain for a curbless shower every really necessary?
When should a homeowner choose to use a linear drain in their curbless shower rather than a regular center drain? Is it ever really necessary or is it just nice to have?
Have been doing a fair amount of searching on the web looking for info about linear drains. We are preparing to do a major bathroom remodel that will include a curb-less shower. One contractor whom I respect indicated a linear drain wasn't really necessary for us (our shower will be 5ft X 5ft) indicating he thought having a linear drain was more complicated than we needed and more expensive.
Since there is a lot of talk about them in conjunction with curb-less showers, the most definitive opinion I've found on the web was at homerenovations.com indicating that linear drains give the shower a sleek look and eliminate the requirement for using mosaic tile in a shower (i.e. need to surround a center drain easily with tile.)
Is this the only or main reason for a linear drain? Cosmetics?