A bathtub is a necessary part of a bathroom, but it can also be a cause for concern if you are an elderly homeowner or if your elderly parents are living with you. Getting into a traditional bathtub can be risky if you have some mobility issues. This is why many homeowners who plan to age in place would rather use walk-in showers.
However, if you’d still like to use a bathtub, you can replace your traditional bathtub with a walk-in version too. Here’s a guide to help you choose the tub that’s perfect for you.
Doors That Swing Open Outward
Walk-in bathtubs differ from traditional ones mostly because they have doors that swing open either inwardly or outwardly. With these doors, you step through — instead of over — so it’s safer to get into the tub. The doors create a seal when closed to prevent leaks.
Inward-opening doors are better at preventing leaks, but you have to drain the tub completely before you can open them. You also have to step around the door when you open it. This is why outward-opening doors are a safer choice.
Size and Style Appropriate for Your Needs
Walk-in bathtubs come in different sizes and styles. Make sure to measure the space where you want the tub in your bathroom. Leave some space to clean around the tub. This will help you decide on the size. You can also consider the style of your shower area so you can purchase a tub that matches that style.
Different tubs also have different step-in heights, so you should consider the user’s mobility. The most important factor is how comfortable the tub is for the user.
There are safety and durability standards that tub manufacturers should follow. Choose a walk-in tub certified by the American Standards Association, the CSA/UL, and other compliance certification bodies. Without any certification, a tub might be prone to safety and durability issues, including leaking.
You might also want to consider any additional features that would make your bathing experience better. One worthwhile feature is low fill and drain time. Some tubs also have bubble jets and warm air massage systems for hydrotherapy. You might have to pay more for such features, but consider how the features match your needs before making a decision.
We can advise you regarding the right walk-in tub for you. Get in touch with us at USA Installations Inc. We also offer other services, including siding installation. Call us at (253) 514-2474 or (800) 884-8640. You can also tell us about your project here.