A walk-in tub is a type of bathtub designed to allow people with accessibility limitations to bathe unaided. If you are considering getting one for your home but aren’t familiar with its features, local bathroom remodeler Impact Home Solutions shares some questions you should ask your remodeler during consultation.
Will It Fit In My Bathroom?
A walk-in tub is designed to replace an existing bathtub, and with a smaller footprint, it should fit. In fact, you will be able to reclaim some floor space with it. We sometimes get asked whether the walk-in tub will be installed alongside an existing bathtub. If the homeowner wants to keep their existing tub, it is possible, however, additional work will be required for plumbing considerations.
Can It Be Customized?
If the bathroom isn’t up for a full renovation, you will want your walk-in tub to match everything, instead of stick out like a sore thumb. Like every other component in the bathroom, a walk-in tub can be customized. In addition to figuring out your shower replacement cost, our consultants can also help you choose the walk-in tub that fits your needs, as well as your bathroom’s looks.
I Don’t Have Accessibility Limitations. Should I Get a Walk-In Tub?
While walk-in tubs are designed for accessibility, it can be used by anyone. Children can learn to bathe themselves in it, and with minimal supervision. You can relieve tension from sore muscles even without a hot tub, thanks to features like heated surfaces and whirlpool jets. And, if you are planning on aging-in-place, getting a walk-in tub now means you won’t have to worry about bathing yourself in your later years.
Can I Have a Walk-In Tub With a Low Threshold?
One of the best features of a walk-in tub is its entry. Whereas a traditional tub requires stepping over the rim to get in, a walk-in tub has a door that reduces the threshold to 3 to 7 inches. If you’re unsure which one works with you, visit a showroom and try them on for size.