Walk in Tub, Accessible Shower or Tub Cutaway?


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 get yourself 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. Its helpful for those considering a walk in tub see one up close if possible for size and fit.  Our company stocks a large supply of different size tubs with various jetting options and they can be viewed by making an appointment…read more.


Today buying a walk tub should be far less than it used to be for excellent products. Since 2011 our all inclusive installed pricing including the tub is generally kept well within a four figure balance for our senior clients regardless of jetting options unless in rare instances where electrical panels require upgrading.  It only takes us two days to do the installation,  click here to see some before and after photos.

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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 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 for bathers.

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?   

We build custom tiled showers for our clients …. read more.

Most shower retrofits are 4 piece plastic shower kits because they are faster to install and require less skill. The final installation costs should be less money than stronger better built custom tiled showers, but they may not be.  Manufactured plastic accessible shower bases have to be thick enough to meet certain strength requirements and to allow for proper drainage to be built in to the design.*Its very important for shower bases to be leveled in at least a 1/2 – 5/8′ inch of mortar so they drain correctly and to keep them from flexing under heavy loads, otherwise over time this flexing can lead to leaking around the drain area. The height of a correctly installed barrier free shower base with a mortar bed will be higher than the bathroom floor perhaps by an inch, but there are several ways to make it easy to roll into the shower.

Special Projects – Floor level Wheelchair shower retrofit on an existing shower.


















Plastic sheets over old tile:

Workers Compensation and government rules regarding the disposal of older drywall has added additional expense to home owners and contractors for simple bathroom renovations. So some bathroom renovation companies simply fasten thin sheets of plastic over old tile and wall board to avoid the expense of removing it. The concealed old plumbing fixtures are 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 for just hundreds of dollars in material and a days labor.

This is what was found in a couples home when removing a steel tub. 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 and tired looking.  Ever watch skilled home improvement shows on TV? Ever see them install plastic showers or glue plastic sheets over old tile?


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








A Tub Cutaway?

A tub cutaway is just that. A section of a tub that has a portion of the front removed to lower the threshold. Companies selling these products focus on just one thing, the money you won’t have to spend on a bathroom renovation.  However this is likely what will be need to be done when the property goes up for sale or an allowance made for the work, unless of course the residence is a tear down. Tub cutaways don’t show well, there no longer a functioning tub and are destined for the landfill.  A proper shower base not only increases the surface and room in the shower substantially but it is a secure stable surface for adjustable shower chairs to sit on compared to a tubs narrow bottom and radius corners. 

In addition it would be wise to speak with you’re insurance broker before paying someone to cut up your tub! Unlike CSA or UPC certified tubs with waste overflows these products do not have any certifications nor is the installation certified, unlike a licensed certified plumber installing a new tub in your home.The kits are not sold at plumbing supply stores or large home improvement stores because of the liability. Some cutaway products offer removable doors you can fit it in place to fill the tub up, but these doors also have no certification and if they failed property damage could be in the thousands of dollars.  



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