What are walk-in shower baths?
Walk-in shower baths combine the functionality of a shower and a walk-in bath, they typically feature a door that reveals a low threshold, allowing users to easily walk in and out of the unit. A Walk-in bath often includes safety features such as grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces to enhance the bathing experience and reduce the risk of accidents. These baths are becoming increasingly popular for their versatility and ability to accommodate different needs and preferences.
The types of walk-in shower baths
Full-length walk-in shower baths
A full-length walk-in shower bath most closely matches a traditional bath in both dimensions and style but that is generally were the similarities end. As already mentioned, they typically feature a low threshold which is an ideal solution for those with restricted mobility. They also include safety features* such as grab bars, slip-resistant surfaces, and thermostatic water temperature valves to reduce the risk of accidents.
L-shaped walk-in shower baths
An L-shaped walk-in shower bath offers a wider area at one end of the unit to allow more space to shower. If you have ever showered standing up in standard bath you will know that it can feel a little restrictive, particularly for those that are broader across the shoulders, that is not the case with these larger models.
P-shaped walk-in shower baths
As with the L-shaped option, the P-shaped walk-in shower bath also offers a wider area at one end of the unit to allow more space to shower. The choice of L over P depends on a number of things, primarily in many cases being the design, and how that works with other elements of the bathroom design. Beyond that, different l and p shaped models have different features, such as ability to add spa options etc. Above all these baths are the perfect solution if you want ample space to stretch out.
Tub style walk-in shower baths
If you have problems with balance, and getting in and out of an ordinary bath is difficult, walk-in tub style shower baths allow you to enjoy the feeling of a bath whilst sat in a similar position to a normal chair. The other advantage of this option is the reduced footprint, meaning that in some circumstances a tub style shower bath can replace an existing large shower enclosure, perfect for those with limited space.
The benefits of walk-in shower baths
Beyond the obvious benefits of a lower threshold to access and leave the bathing space, there are many other reasons for specifying one. There are various therapeutic benefits to taking a bath such as pain relief and reduced stress, which can be amplified further with some of the luxury options* available, such as spa air jets and chromotherapy lighting. Standard features like thermostatic valves regulate the water temperature.
Safety features of walk-in shower baths
A Walk-in bath is designed with safety features to provide a secure bathing experience for individuals with limited mobility or disabilities. These safety features typically include low-entry thresholds, grab bars, slip-resistant flooring, and adjustable shower heads. The low-entry threshold eliminates the need to step over a high bathtub wall, reducing the risk of slips and falls. Grab bars are strategically placed within the shower area to provide stability and support while moving in and out of the bath. Slip-resistant flooring ensures traction, even when the surface is wet, preventing accidents. Additionally, adjustable shower heads allow users to customize the water flow and direction, enhancing comfort and ease of use. These safety features make walk-in shower baths a practical and accessible bathing solution for individuals of all ages.
A walk-in bath with shower is generally more expensive to install than a conventional bath. The key reason for this is that both the products themselves and the businesses that fit them are more specialist. When you contact an accessible bathing specialist they should provide a consultative service, their initial quotation will take into account your mobility, home environment, bathing habits and budget. The installation process will be completed by specially trained bathroom fitter, committed to delivering high-quality finished product. Generalist plumbers are more than capable of installing a standard bathroom, and they will be a more affordable option. Equally, they will not have experience installing more complicated products like Walk in show baths and will probably not offer a meaningful guarantee.
Typical installation times
The time it takes to install a new bath can vary depending on several factors. Firstly, it depends on the complexity of the installation. If you are simply replacing an existing bath with a similar model, it may be possible to complete the process within a working day. However, if you are completely remodeling your bathroom and need to make changes to plumbing or flooring, the installation time will be longer. Additionally, the availability of materials and the schedule of the installer can also impact the timeline. It is best to consult with a professional to get an accurate estimate of how long it will take to install a new bath in your specific situation.
Full bathroom remodel
The length of time it takes to install a new bathroom can vary depending on a variety of factors. These factors include the size and complexity of the project, the availability of materials and fixtures, and the experience and efficiency of the contractor or installer. On average, a bathroom installation can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It is important to consult with a professional to assess your specific project and get a more accurate estimate of the time it will take to install a new bathroom.
Frequently asked questions
How is a walk-in shower bath different from a regular bath?
The key difference between a walk-in shower bath and a regular bath that also features a shower screen and enclosure is the addition of a low-level access door. This makes it far easier and safer for those with limited mobility to access their bath as they do not need to step over a high threshold. The threshold of a standard bath is typically 22 inches (560mm), whereas a walk-in shower bath reduces this to About 8-9 inches (200-230mm).
Beyond how you access the bath, the routine for filling it is also different. All walk-in shower baths must be fitted with a thermostatic valve which regulates the hot water to a maximum of 43 degrees and no hotter. This prevents any risk of scalds or burns as the bath fills with hot water.
Some walk-in shower baths come with a range of additional features which you will not always find on regular baths such as Integrated power lifting seats, integrated hand grips and antimicrobial protection, there are also luxury options
Why choose a walk-in shower bath over a shower room or wet room?
The choice of installing a walk-in shower bath over a walk-in shower room or wet room should be based on various factors including, lifestyle, space available, budget and most importantly mobility and safety. A walk-in shower bath incorporates two bathing options in one, a shower and a bath. However, this may not always be suitable if the planned installation is to take place in a small existing shower room. A level access wet room may be a better option if wheeled access is required.
How does the delivery work with such a bulky item?
For our full-service installation service, we will handle the delivery of all items required for your bathroom.
Is there a difference between walk in shower baths for the disabled and walk in shower bathtubs for older people?
We offer a wide range of walk-in shower baths with various configuration options which will suite people at different stages of their life and different bathing and mobility needs. We take into account situations where users live on their own, require bathing assistance from a carer, or require mechanical support entering and exiting the bath. If you or a family member falls into either of the above categories, it would be a good idea to discuss your needs with a specialist installer of walk-in shower baths like Absolute Mobility.
Are there any downsides to walk-in shower baths?
There are no significant downsides to a walk-in shower bath. Whilst they are generally more expensive to buy and install than a regular bath, they are far better suited to users who experience mobility issues. Customers that request a quotation from Absolute Mobility will book an appointment with our team of accessible bathing experts, we will visit your home to access your current and future needs, and then provide professional advice based on the best solution for you. We take into account your budget, the space available at your property and also assess the water pressure/flow rate within the property guiding, the customer on the expected length of time for the bath to fill. Finally, and most importantly we consider the bathing requirements of the people that will use the walk-in shower bath.
Do walk-in shower baths leak?
Many of the bath manufacturers we work with offer a lifetime guarantee on the door seal for added peace of mind. Beyond that, as a business in our own right we offer a no quibble guarantee. Once your installation is complete, our installer will show you how everything works and make sure you are completely happy before leaving your home as tidy as they found it. We will also provide you with a comprehensive guarantee.
How long does a walk-in shower bath take to fill?
The time it takes for a walk-in shower bath to fill will depend on various factors such as the water pressure in your home, the size of the shower bath, and the type of showerhead or tap you are using. On average, it can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to fill a walk-in shower bath. However, it is important to note that this is just an estimate and the actual time may vary.
How long does a walk-in shower bath last?
Most walk-in shower baths are made from reinforced acrylic which should last for many years as long as the bath is installed on a level and durable surface. The majority of the bath manufacturers we work with also offer a lifetime guarantee on their door seals for added peace of mind. Clearly taps and other items suffer from general wear and tear. The more often they are used, the more often those items need replacing. As a business we offer a no quibble guarantee. Once your installation is complete, our installer will show you how everything works and make sure you are completely happy before leaving your home as tidy as they found it.
*Please note options vary across our range and are subject to change by the manufacturer and distributor, and Absolute Mobility reserves the right to make adjustments to its product and service offering at all times for reasons including, but not limited to, changing market conditions, product discontinuation, restricted product availability, manufacturer price changes and errors in advertisements.22 November,2023