If you’re considering installing a walk-in bathtub, the cost is probably one of the first things on your mind. We offer many different models at a variety of price points, but it’s important to keep in mind that the tub itself is only a part of the total cost of getting a walk-in tub. You will also need to consider the price of the installation, and that cost can vary depending on a number of different factors. Keep reading to learn what factors might influence this expense.
Bathroom Size and Accessibility
You should always carefully consider the size of your bathroom when selecting which model of tub you want to purchase. Not only do you want to ensure that the tub you choose will fit properly in your bathroom, but you’ll also need to consider how the size and resulting accessibility of your bathroom will impact the installation.
If your new tub doesn’t fit through the doorway, it’s going to take some extra work to get your tub in there. Additionally, if the bathroom itself is small, other fixtures might need to be temporarily removed in order for the installers to maneuver the tub into place safely. Either way, this kind of work takes extra time and effort from the installers, which typically results in a higher installation bill.
Your Home’s Plumbing System
Whether or not you’re using your current plumbing setup will be a major influencing factor in your installation costs. If you want to simply replace your existing tub and use the current plumbing setup, installation will be much quicker and cheaper. On the other hand, if you want to move your tub to a different location in your bathroom, the plumbing may need to be altered to accommodate this, and that takes time and effort, which will be reflected on your bill.
Additionally, if your home’s plumbing is rather old, you may want to consult with an expert on whether or not it will work with a newer model of bathtub. Some outdated plumbing systems simply aren’t compatible with newer fixtures like walk-in tubs, so this is another factor you’ll need to consider.
Finally, you’ll also want to consider the materials that surround where your tub will be installed. This includes the flooring, walls, and any nearby fixtures. In order to ensure a water-tight seal around your new tub, some of these materials may need to be replaced. This is especially true if your new tub is a different size and/or shape than your old one; you’ll want to have your new tub blend smoothly with the other materials in your bathroom for a cohesive look.
If you would like to learn more about the installation process or get a better estimate of what it will cost for you to get a handicap-accessible tub in your home, contact the Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company today! We’ll discuss your needs to help you find the ideal walk-in tub and talk about what you can expect from the installation process. Let us help you find total comfort and greater independence through the use of a walk-in bathtub. Call now.