One of the rising new trends in bathroom remodeling is the installation of a walk-in bathtub. This can be shocking for those with the misconception that walk-in tubs are awkward, bulky, unattractive, and outdated. While this may have been true in the past, today’s walk-in bathtubs are modern and surprisingly luxurious, adding value to an area of the home that will always benefit from the added safety and upgraded design that these installations offer.
Luxury Bath of Raleigh is proud to offer a beautiful and affordable line of walk-in tubs for all kinds of households. Whether you’re living with mobility issues that make independent bathing in a traditional bathtub difficult or impossible, or simply hoping to make one of the most dangerous places in the home a whole lot safer—here’s what you need to know about walk-in tub installation before adding one to your home.
Who Are Walk-in Tubs Designed For?
Walk-in tubs are best-known for safety and minimizing the risk of falls in the bathroom. This means that most walk-in tub products are designed for seniors and the handicapped, with mobility issues that make independent bathing high risk or impossible.
However, it’s also true that ordinary tubs are dangerous—and everyone in the household can benefit from a safer bathing process. Traditional bathtubs are responsible for countless injuries a year due to slips and falls. From grandparents to grandchildren, middle-aged men and women to teenagers and young adults, a safer bathing experience is something that everyone in your household deserves.
ADA Features and Enhanced Safety Benefits
Walk-in tubs offer exceptional safety features and customization options that make safer bathing a reality for anyone in your home. These features can be adapted to fit your home and lifestyle, with ADA-approved seating and other characteristics. If someone in your home uses a wheelchair, your walk-in tub can be designed to make access easier for them. Here are some of the amazing features that walk-in tubs can offer:
- Low-threshold entry
- Leak-proof doors
- Grab bars
- Seating customized for comfort and height
- Easy-to-reach controls and faucets
- Anti-scald protection
- Texturized, no-slip flooring
What About Luxury, Aesthetics, and Comfort?
While walk-in tubs are best known for their safety features, they’re also built for comfort, luxury, and aesthetics, too. Walk-in tubs are essentially jacuzzi tubs built for one person, with chromatherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, and other options for a soothing and relaxing experience.
As far as the design goes, it’s true that walk-in tubs look different than the high-walled, traditional design of a typical porcelain bathtub. Today’s newest tubs are sleek, modern, and sophisticated, however, and can be a very elegant addition to your bathroom décor.
What Kind of Walk-In Bathtubs Are There?
There are several types of walk-in tubs to choose from. Here are some of the option you have when shopping for a walk-in tub:
- Soaker Tub: Soaker tubs offer a full-body soaking experience that’s much like a jacuzzi tub. Because the person using the tub must sit down before the water fills, these tubs feature heated seats and quick-fill and quick-drain mechanisms to make this part of the bathing experience more comfortable.
- Wheelchair Accessible: Some walk-in tubs are designed exclusively for easier access for wheelchairs. These walk-in tubs have wider door entryways and make accessibility simple, quick, and super safe.
- Bariatric Walk-in Tubs: For adult household members that weigh more than average, a bariatric walk-in tub provides the strength and capacity for a safe and secure bathing experience. These tubs are reinforced to support heavier weights in people weighing over 300 pounds or more.
Upgrade Your Bathroom with Luxury Bath of RaleighIf you’re interested in the safety and security of beautiful walk-in bathtubs, you’re in the right place. Since 1988, Luxury Bath has served Raleigh and the surrounding areas with everything homeowners need for a beautiful, affordable bathroom renovation. Whether you’re looking for a safer bathing experience, or to upgrade your old and deteriorating bath products with our custom acrylic tub liners, shower systems, and other custom bathroom remodeling options, we have what you need to experience a hassle-free, zero-stress renovation.
For more information, feel free to give our team a call now to discuss your options for your bathroom remodel. Or, fill out our quick online form to request a free, no-obligation estimate with one of our bathroom design consultants in your home.