Walk in Tub or Accessible Shower?

 

A Walk-in tub

Walk-in tubs work out really well for those who enjoy taking a bath for both personal hygiene and therapy and do not want to give this up when it becomes increasing more difficult to lower themselves down and get back up from a standard bathing position due to age, an injury or illness. They have helped thousands of people retain their bathing independence and also return this pleasure back to so many more.

Our company stocks a large supply of different size tubs with various jetting options and if possible we encourage those considering this purchase make an appointment to visit our warehouse storage to view and sit in the tubs.

Pricing Advise

Some companies are known for overcharging seniors by many thousands of dollars for an all inclusive price to have a walk-in tub installed. Regardless of the jetting options or make or model, if you find yourself being quoted outside of a four figure balance for a tub including its installation to replace a standard size bathtub, you may be dealing with the wrong company.

Filling

The fill time on a walk-in tub is totally dependent on water pressure. A fireman with his hose could fill a walk-in tub in seconds, however a homes water pressure can vary depending on what the water main regulator is set at. Want to know how long it will take to fill? Fill you’re standard tub to the overflow and time how long it takes to do this, it will be about the same for a walk in tub, or run the water from the tub spout as much as you can while maintaining a bath water temperature, slide a five gallon pale under it and time how long it takes to fill, then do the math. The average size walk in tub holds about 45 – 65 US gallons, but you’ll take up room, so subtract a gallon for approximately every ten pounds below the water line about 65 – 70% of your total body weight.

Draining

Draining takes the same amount of time as a standard bathroom tub. So this is real easy to figure out. Fill a regular tub up to the overflow and time how long it takes to drain. A walk-in tub’s drain simply connects to the existing one.  A full tub with a properly functioning  drain should drain in about 3 minutes or less.  We do not recommend quick drain pumps ...read more.

For those who don’t mind waiting while a tub fills and drains, perhaps using this time to wash their hair or rinse themselves off, then walk in tubs are recommended to retain bathing independence.

Or Accessible Shower?

Replacing an existing standard bathtub with a fully accessible safety shower is recommended for those who prefer showering over bathing. It is also recommend for those who require caregiver assistance to help with daily hygiene.  It is easier and takes less time for a care giver to lend assistance with an accessible shower. Glass shower doors are attractive but can greatly restrict accessibility to lend assistance. It is recommended fully accessible showers be fitted with shower curtains not glass, especially when caregivers are needed.  Accessible shower bases have a large flat stable platform so users have more room and feel far more secure while sitting in shower chairs, opposed to having the chair legs teetering on a bathtubs narrow radius bottom corners.

Built-in wall niches for soap and bottles allows more room and less clutter. Our custom built accessible tiled showers will add beauty and style to you’re bathroom.

Some of our customers prefer glass shower doors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic or Tile? 

Tub to shower plastic retrofits kits come in 4 to 5 pieces.  One piece plastic shower stalls are way to large to maneuver through a finished home and fit into and existing tub cavity. These acrylic or FRP(fiberglass reinforced plastic) kits are very popular with bathroom retrofit companies because the installations are quick and require far less skill, labor and materials compared to building a much stronger quality custom tiled shower from the floor up. These products when installed show reasonably well, but they have some major leak risks!

These two photos are of a brand new five piece shower kit that replaced a standard size tub. The shower back has two pieces, there are two end pieces and then the base. It was installed as well as to be expected by the contractor. 

 

A major fault of tub to shower kits are the corners where silicone is used for waterproofing. This photo shows the faucet end of the shower where the end piece and back piece come together in the corner. Pushing only slightly flexes the plastic enough to break the silicone sealant in the corner and now the shower is sure to leak. The opposite end was the same. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Projects Using Tile – Floor level Wheelchair shower retrofits.

 

 

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Plastic sheets over old tile:

Revised Workers Compensation and Government rules regarding the disposal of older drywall at landfill sites has added additional expense to home owners and contractors for simple bathroom renovations. As a result some pretty shoddy work shows up not seen before! Some bathroom renovation companies simply fasten thin sheets of plastic over old tile and wall board to avoid the expense of removing and properly disposing it. Concealed old plumbing fixtures are often left in place and easily repaired problems are never fixed. The sales pitch is your saving money and its sparing you from a lengthy messy bathroom renovation, but it can still cost close to $8,000.00 or more for just hundreds of dollars in material and a days labor!

Thousands was spent to have this done, glue and a few hundred dollars of material and days labor!

 

 

Removing old tile is faster and easier. A correct job won’t cost anymore either.

Off to the landfill

The photos below show what was found in a couples home when removing a steel tub in a high rise. They were recently quoted on the work referred to above but luckily avoided having thin acrylic plastic sheets glued right over the existing tile hiding this mold and aging plumbing. This was caused by the installation of drywall directly over a concrete support wall during new construction instead of using a water proof concrete backer board as a moisture block.

 

When renovating bathrooms and replacing a tub with an accessible shower the demolition in most cases involves the removal of a tiled tub surround. Even after decades of use the tile is in good condition and except for perhaps the color or style being dated it looks like new! We can’t say the same for the plastic showers we’ve ripped out, there faded, scratched and tired looking.

 

Contact us for more information on our custom built, safe, accessible tiled showers.

604-940-8814

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Walk-In Tub Purchase: By Howard Stearns

There comes a time when many senior citizens realize just how dangerous it is getting in and out of a standard bathtub, and we often hear about their accidents. That situation arose for me lately and I started to investigate the whole walk in tub business. It seems that every time you turn the television or radio on you see ads for them. I began a research program and found some vast differences in quality and price. Read more..

About Limited Lifetime Warranties on Walk-in tubs

About Limited Lifetime Warranties on Walk-in tubs
The standard manufacture warranty on a walk-in tub is one or two years for residential use. However, certain items like pumps, door seals or the tub structure may be extended past this period. Over the past number of years to justify higher pricing and remain competitive some companies are pushing Limited Lifetime Warranties ….(What is a Limited Lifetime Warranty? …click to read more)Read more..

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