When you’re re-doing your bathroom, a major concern is whether you should install a walk-in shower or a walk-in bathtub.
While both have their advantages, we recommend a walk-in bathtub for several reasons. It’s cheaper, more accessible, and easier to maintain.
Check out this comparison between walk-in showers and walk-in tubs to see why the latter is much better than the former:
Walk-in tubs allow you to enjoy relaxing baths
Baths are more immersive than showers and are known to reduce the cortisol level in the body, which helps in reducing stress and anxiety.
A recent study published in the Journal of Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that bathing had more health benefits than showering due to the several unique actions induced during bathing, such as hypothermic actions, hydrostatic pressure, and buoyancy of water.
While both showering and bathing showed health improvement, researchers noticed that people who bathed had a higher subjective health status, higher subjective happiness, and low levels of stress.
Walk-in tubs are safer than walk-in showers
Walk-in tubs are safer than walk-in showers because of their fall-proof design. A walk-in tub allows you to step over a lower threshold minimizing the risk of slipping.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of million Americans suffer injuries in the bathroom, and the elderly are at a higher risk of slipping while bathing or showering.
A walk-in tub reduces the fall hazard significantly by allowing a person to safely walk-in without having to leap over an obstruction.
Handrails and non-slip are also some excellent safety measures that you can find in walk-in bathtubs.
Walk-in tubs are more disability-friendly
Walk-in tubs have a door with a lower threshold to allow you to ‘walk into’ your bathtub. Many walk-in bathtubs also have molded seats inside them to facilitate persons with physical disabilities and the elderly to comfortably take a warm bath without the fear of slipping or falling.
This feature makes walk-in tubs more accessible and consequently, more inclusive. If you or anyone at your home ever gets physically injured, a walk-in bathtub will make it very easy to take a bath without asking for anyone’s help.
Reglazing Plus Inc. is a bathroom refinishing and remodeling company that offers bathroom reglazing and tub-cut services in New York. Call us at 866-399-8827 for a quote or visit our website to learn about our special offers.