Bathing is a daily activity that we all do and for the most part, it is a simple and easy task until you begin to age. As we get older mobility begins to lessen and that can make normal daily tasks like bathing harder, time-consuming, and potentially dangerous. Make showering and bathing safer with the type of tub that you use.
Differences Between Walk-in Tubs and Stand-up Showers
Walk-in tubs are designed with doors that open into the tub area and a lower threshold for easy in and out access. Stand-up showers or walk-in showers are showers that can just be walked into with no doors so there is more room within the shower area. Both of these options are great for those who may have some mobility issues or for those who are just needing a different option to a standard shower and tub for their bathroom. Both of these options have some differences that you can take into consideration before deciding on which option is best.
With both walk-in tubs and stand-up showers, there are low thresholds to no thresholds at all. The walk-in tub compared to a traditional tub/shower combination offers a door that opens into the tub and a low step making it safer to get into. Stand-up showers are just a shower but often times they have no threshold at all you can just walk right in, this is great for those who may be wheelchair-bound as these showers can be made with seats and are easier for transitioning from a wheelchair to a shower seat. Walk-in tubs may make this process a little harder. If you do not get a stand-up shower fitted with a seat then it is just that a stand alone shower which may still be beneficial for some but there still may be an issue of slipping.
Health and Hygiene Benefits
A walk-in shower offers the benefits of being more hygienic in that it automatically washes away the dirt from your body and it can also accommodate those who may be taller or average height but it can be difficult to get the massage benefits for those who have joint pains. Having a walk-in tub offers the benefits of being submerged in warm to hot water with the added benefit of having a hydromassage helping with aches and pains in your joints. If you are taller than average height then this may not be as beneficial as your entire body may not be completely submerged.
Walk-in tubs are deeper than normal bathtubs and take more water to fill them up. Stand-up showers only use water as needed, so whenever you go in to take a shower. There tends to be less water usage with a shower than with a walk-in tub. You also have to be concerned with the potential for flooding if the door is not latched properly, there is no worry of flooding with a shower option.
Installation, Maintenance, and Cost
Stand-up showers are more affordable to install and also to maintain overall while walk-in tubs have a higher price point for installation and maintenance because these bathtub alternatives are meant for therapeutic services and not just bathing.
Whatever you decide to go with for your bathrooms based on the needs of your family it is always best to meet with professionals like Cavalier Builders Inc, who can walk you through the entire process. If you are in the Woodland Hills, CA area or any surrounding areas, contact them; they will be more than happy to meet with you and discuss your options.