When you need an accessible solution for your bathroom, you’ll find that there is more than one option available. Walk-in tubs and walk-in showers both offer accessible features, but it can be difficult to decide which is right for your home. While both provide a safer bathing solution for those with limited mobility, there are some important differences to consider as your plan your accessible bathroom remodeling project.
Features You’ll Find on Accessible Tubs and Showers
Let’s start with the similarities between the walk-in tubs and showers. Both feature:
- ADA-approved grab bars
- Low threshold entries
- Built-in seats
- Non-slip surfaces
- Many style options
- Fast installation
Differences Between the Two
A bath renovation is an important investment in your home, so it’s important to make sure you choose a product that is a good fit for your home, your family, and your lifestyle. Consider these factors as you choose between accessible bathroom showers or bathroom tub remodeling:
- Size of Your Space: If you have a very small space, a walk-in shower might be a better choice. That being said, we do have both tubs and showers in a variety of sizes, so unless your space is very small, we can usually install either.
- Mobility of Users: A walk-in shower is available with a zero threshold, so even those who use a wheelchair can enter independently. A walk-in tub has an ultra-low threshold, but some users may still need assistance.
- Ease of Use: With a walk-in tub, you need to enter the tub and wait for it to fill and then wait for it to drain before exiting.
- Personal Preference: Often the decision comes down to your preference. Some homeowners want the ability to enjoy a relaxing bath while others are happy to hop in and out of a shower.
Keep in mind that a bathroom remodel with tub and shower is also an option if you have the space. If you’re still not sure which product is right for you, our bathroom renovation specialists will be happy to discuss the options in more detail.
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