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Should I go to a Curb-less shower or a One-piece Walk-in tub for my bathroom?


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Los Angeles Aging In Place Specialist one-piece bathroom tub installation

Should I go to a Curb-less shower or a One-piece Walk-in tub?


Many of are clients in Los Angeles are asking what will be the most cost-effective way to modify their bathroom for aging in place. The most common options are to install a one piece Walk-in tub or to built a curb-less /roll-in shower. These are the advantages and disadvantages of both options. Continue reading for the advantages and disadvantages of both and let us know which you prefer.


Advantages of a One-piece Walk-in Tub

· Cost less than a full roll-in shower remodeling

· Easier to bathe in than traditional bath tubs.

· Models may have a lot of features like jets and massage stream.

· Offered in several models user can choose from.

Disadvantages of Walk-in Tubs

· Most models have a poor draining system. Draining time can last up to several minutes.

· The design of the walk-in tub allows for a new maintenance concern: LEAKING. Overtime seals and gaskets depreciate and can be a costly repair and maintenance issue.

· Most one-piece walk-in tub are made out of Acrylic which is very hard to repair when broken.

· If draining is one of the major problem. There is no other way but to wait for the water to drain before the user can open the tub door to avoid a waterfall onto your bathroom floor.

· One-piece walk-in tub does not increase the value of a home. Most of the time they are only considered as a regular bathtub upgrade.

· Its very hard to accommodate an extra caregiver inside the tight walk-in tub. The results in an unsafe situation for the user and the caregiver.

· Perhaps the most significant drawback of a walk-in tub is its incompatibility with a wheelchair.


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Advantages of a Curb-less Shower/ Roll-in Shower

· Whether the homeowner uses a wheelchair or not, a curb-less shower/ roll-in shower offers the highest level of accessibility. It can accommodate a walker, wheel- chair and caregivers to give user assistance.

· A curb-less shower/ roll-in shower also gives wheelchair users the option to transfer to a shower wheelchair in a safer environment.

· A curb-less shower/ roll-in shower modification can last for a very long time with a very minimal maintenance cost.

· A well-executed curb-less shower/ roll-in shower modification increase the value of the home when it comes time to sell.

· The design options are limitless. Curb-less shower can easily blend with the overall house design.

Disadvantages of a Curb-less Shower/ Roll-in Shower

· Initial cost is more expensive compared to a one-piece walk-in tub.

· Roll-in shower remodeling can take several weeks.

· Curb-less/ Roll-in shower take more real estate space compared to walk-in tub

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