With a walk-in tub, people are able to literally walk into their bath tub before lying down for a soak. A walk-in tub can come with a range of features, which means that prices can vary greatly. This is why you shouldn’t purchase a walk-in tub based solely on the price. Furthermore, you have to remember that a walk-in tub is designed to stop people from falling. If you were to consider how much a fall can cost, then the price of a walk-in tub is generally not so expensive at all. You do, however, have to make sure it meets your needs. The following pointers may just help you come to the right decision.
Think first about whether you want a framed option or a frameless one. With a framed option, a steel frame suspends the bottom of the tub off the floor. In a frameless option, the tub is created out of a very strong mold. The main consideration between these two is weight. Think about whether it is a good idea to suspend the weight of the water and of yourself off the floor. The second thing to consider is whether you are interested in acrylic or fiberglass. Fiberglass cost more money, but it is also stronger. Next, you have to consider the features of the tub, particularly whether you will have a hydrotherapy one. With hydrotherapy, a combination of air and water jets are used to offer amazing health benefits. However, this also means that various electronics and pipes have to be stored in and around the tub, and it means they require specialist cleaning. Not every walk-in tub is able to cope with that.
After this, think about how long it will take you to drain the bath. If the drain height remains unchanged, it may take quite some time for the bath to be empty. It is possible to improve this, draining the bath in as little as two minutes. This feature is very important, as you must stay in the bath while it is draining. The last things you have to consider are the practicalities of the tub. Firstly, study the warranty so that you truly understand what is and isn’t covered. For instance, it may only cover the new walk-in part, and not any problems that develop on your existing construction after installation. And think about how the warranty is valid for as well. Then, think about whether you need installers, or whether you can do it yourself or have someone do it for you. Choosing the company is more expensive, but at least your warranty will be valid too.