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Your Family | For Your Future
Replace any old tub or shower with a tub, walk-in shower or walk-in tub

For decades taking a bath simply meant getting into a bathtub, running water, washing
up and getting out. Or if you are old enough, it might have involved an old wash tub
and a tea kettle to heat the water. Bathing options have changed over the years. Today
“taking a shower” has replaced “taking a bath” for many. While initially shower hardware
was added to the traditional bathtub, today many showers are built as a
walk-in assembly either with a small curb or totally barrier free. A third option,
aggressively promoted to seniors, is the walk-in tub which is an upright assembly with
a door that proposes to offer the traditional comforts of a bath tub without the
challenges associated with getting up and down or in and out.
This article is intended to provide some insight if you are considering replacing a
traditional bathtub with something new. There are several reasons homeowners consider making a change.
Old, ugly, moldy, broken, or simply a desire for something new are often a consideration. If everyone in the
household showers it may make the bathtub setup annoying and obsolete. For many who are experiencing
the impact of getting older or who have mobility issues, safety is the major concern. Using the old bathtub
may be impractical or even impossible.
A bathtub, a walk-in shower, or a walk-in tub can be the right solution for you. Since the traditional bathtub is
pretty familiar to everyone and usually changed for the sake of appearance we won’t give much attention to
it here. Choosing between a walk-in shower and a walk-in tub is our focus.
As the walk-in tub typically requires an investment that is 150-200% higher than a walk-in shower, it is
important to understand the benefits of each. It is particularly important as the walk-in tub is heavily promoted
for accessibility...ease of access.
The greatest benefit the walk-in tub offers is the ability to duplicate the “soaking” experience of the traditional
tub and add the benefits of hydrotherapy for the lower extremities. Actually taking a “test drive” by sitting
in the walk-in tub is highly recommended. In most cases much of the chest, as well as the shoulders and
neck are not in the water as they are when stretching out in the old tub. Soaking and hydrotherapy are
usually limited to the lower extremities. Also, unlike the traditional tub, you must sit in the tub while it fills and
wait in the tub while it drains. If the step over required by a traditional tub poses a challenge, it should be
remembered that there will always be a step up to enter the walk-in tub. The entry on many tubs is relatively
narrow and the seats may be a tight fit for those of a more robust stature. Some tubs are available with an
outswing door which can significantly improve accessibility. Entry is more “slide in” than squeeze in. The
important thing when making a decision is that you have a realistic expectation of what the walk-in tub offers.
Having said all of that, many homeowners give their walk-in tub rave reviews. I would advise you never
purchase a walk-in tub without actually seeing one, entering and exiting, and making certain it is a fit for you.
There are far fewer concerns when considering a walk-in shower as it is very similar to the old tub minus the
barrier. A walk-in shower is easily installed in place of an existing tub. It provides a larger standing area due to
the absence of the tub walls. A shower base with a short curb works well for many families. For someone with
current accessibility issues or just planning for the future, a barrier free shower is the ultimate answer as it will
accommodate any situation including someone in a wheelchair. Grab bars, seating, and appropriate fixtures
will assure the unit will work for young or old, short or tall. Materials are available to create a shower that fits
any size and any decor. Acrylic packages come in a variety of lovely, easy care, designs and colors and they
are economical and usually installed in about a day. There are also a myriad of options in solid surface or tile
to make your shower uniquely your own. Fixtures are likewise available in various finishes (chrome, brushed
nickel, oil rubbedbronze etc.) and styles. Most standard installations today include a personal shower
assembly that can be adjusted for height and will accommodate someone who uses a seat in the shower.
When remodeling a bathroom the goal, first and foremost, should be to accommodate the needs of the
residents. Trying to speculate whether what fits your current needs will be best for some future owner is (this
author’s opinion) inconsequential.
You improve your home to improve YOUR life. That’s the way it should be.

Miles Wilkins

“So glad we chose The Board Store over other possible providers of
bathroom remodels. Nothing fell short. Very satisfied!”
Michael & Linda W. – Winona


“A+. Couldn’t be happier, the renovation helped with the coping of health issues
and was done beautifully. Couldn’t be more satisfied.”
Odell & Carol A. – Onalaska

The Board Store
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