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Should I go to a Curb-less shower or a One-piece Walk-in tub for my bathroom?

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Should I go to a Curb-less shower or a One-piece Walk-in tub?

Many of are clients in Los Angeles are asking what will be the most cost-effective way to modify their bathroom for aging in place. The most common options are to install a one piece Walk-in tub or to built a curb-less /roll-in shower. These are the advantages and disadvantages of both options. Continue reading for the advantages and disadvantages of both and let us know which you prefer.

Advantages of a One-piece Walk-in Tub

·         Cost less than a full roll-in shower remodeling

·         Easier to bathe in than traditional bath tubs.

·         Models may have a lot of features like jets and massage stream.

·         Offered in several models user can choose from.


Disadvantages of Walk-in Tubs

·         Most models have a poor draining system. Draining time can last up to several minutes.

·         The design of the walk-in tub allows for a new maintenance concern: LEAKING. Overtime seals and gaskets depreciate and can be a costly repair and maintenance issue.

·         Most one-piece walk-in tub are made out of Acrylic which is very hard to repair when broken.

·          If draining is one of the major problem. There is no other way but to wait for the water to drain before the user can open the tub door to avoid a waterfall onto your bathroom floor.

·         One-piece walk-in tub does not increase the value of a home. Most of the time they are only considered as a regular bathtub upgrade.

·         Its very hard to accommodate an extra caregiver inside the tight walk-in tub. The results in an unsafe situation for the user and the caregiver.

·         Perhaps the most significant drawback of a walk-in tub is its incompatibility with a wheelchair.



Advantages of a Curb-less Shower/ Roll-in Shower

·         Whether the homeowner uses a wheelchair or not, a curb-less shower/ roll-in shower offers the highest level of accessibility. It can accommodate a walker, wheel- chair and caregivers to give user assistance.

·         A curb-less shower/ roll-in shower also gives wheelchair users the option to transfer to a shower wheelchair in a safer environment.

·          A curb-less shower/ roll-in shower modification can last for a very long time with a very minimal maintenance cost.

·         A well-executed curb-less shower/ roll-in shower modification  increase the value of the home when it comes time to sell.

·         The design options are limitless. Curb-less shower can easily blend with the overall house design.


Disadvantages of a Curb-less Shower/ Roll-in Shower

·         Initial cost is more expensive compared to a one-piece walk-in tub.

·         Roll-in shower remodeling can take several weeks.

·         Curb-less/ Roll-in shower take more real estate space compared to walk-in tub


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  • Jeff APHM
    Jeff APHM Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    I have heard of these walk-in tubs from safeguard Tubs Company coming out as really user friendly range of products for the customers. Furthermore, the access door is wider that traditional walk-in tubs allowing individual to get in and out freely for their baths. Also it has proper safely installations, all you need to do is just relax in tub for the ultimate submerged bathing experience. Features can include targeted water and air massage therapy, aromatherapy, chromatherapy, anti-slip flooring, hand-held shower, quick drainage and safety grip bars. Also the positive aspects include targeted hydrotherapy massage jets, aromatherapy, chromatherapy, air massage jets. A walk-in tub is anytime a better investment to do for a refreshing bathing experience.

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