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A Guide to Converting Your Shower Into a Walk-In Tub

walk-in tub shower combo with surrounding grey walls

Is your shower no longer serving your needs? Whether you or a loved one needs a mobility-friendly solution or if you’re aging in place, converting your shower into a walk-in tub makes sense. Our teams replace traditional showers with safer walk-in tubs every day, so we’ve got the answers to your questions about the process. Learn more about the benefits and what to expect when converting your shower to a walk-in tub. 

Benefits of Converting Your Shower Into a Walk-In Tub

A walk-in tub comes with many benefits your shower can’t match:

  • Lower Your Risk of Slips and Falls: Our walk-in tubs are designed for those with mobility challenges, with grab bars and an ultra-low threshold for safer entry and exit.
  • Increase Bathing Independence: Walk-in tubs have a full suite of features in place for your security, helping you feel confident when bathing independently. 
  • Enjoy Comfortable Bathing: With therapeutic features like hydro massage jets, walk-in baths offer soothing relaxation as part of your routine.  
  • Shower Safely in Your Tub: You won’t be giving up showers with your conversion—the handheld shower wand makes showering simple. 
  • Embrace Aging in Place: Measures like a walk-in tub enhance your home for aging in place, allowing you to plan ahead for accessibility. 
woman filling her tub with the rapid fill faucet

Professional vs. DIY Shower-to-Tub Conversions

You might be tempted to try to install the walk-in tub yourself, especially if you’re handy. However, you’ll quickly find projects this involved are best left to professionals. It will save you money and headaches down the road if you call in professionally trained experts to complete your conversion. Safe Step walk-in baths involve multiple layers of expertise to install correctly, with electrical and plumbing knowledge needed to complete the tub installation safely. With professional installation, you’ll have peace of mind the job is done right, and you’ll be able to have your installation done in as little as one day. 

Safe Step’s Process for Your Shower-to-Tub Conversion

We’ve honed our installation process to make it as simple and convenient as possible for our customers. Let’s walk through what you can expect with a shower-to-tub conversion:

1. Plan Your New Walk-In Tub

Once you’ve requested your free quote, our experts will visit your home to talk over what you’re looking for, how a Safe Step walk-in bath can fit into your bathroom and routine and what you can expect moving forward. As soon as you’ve signed the paperwork, we’ll get to work on your custom tub and prep everything needed for a smooth installation. 

2. Begin Installation Proceedings

Our trained installation team will arrive at your home on the agreed-upon date with all the necessary materials to install your new walk-in bath. We’ll go over project details with you, including project specifications like how long our team will take and how demolition will affect your bathroom. This is the perfect time to ask any last-minute questions before installation gets underway. 

3. Conduct Demolition

Our team will take out your existing shower, either disposing of or recycling the materials as we go. Don’t worry: we’ll be careful to protect your floors, walls, cabinets and other bathroom fixtures. Once the shower is completely removed, the space is ready for your new walk-in tub.

4. Install Your New Walk-In Tub

Installing a walk-in bath is more than just placing the tub base itself. There are electrical and plumbing hookups to connect and place before the base is set. We’ll conduct our work quickly but carefully, getting your home back to normal as soon as possible.

5. Inspect, Test & Enjoy Bathing

Before you ever draw a bath, our team carefully tests each feature in the tub to make sure everything is working as intended. We’ll perform our final assessment and walk you through operating instructions as well. We’ll also clean up our workspace, leaving your bathroom in good working order. Once the caulking has set and your tub is ready for use, all that’s left to do is enjoy your safe bathing!

walk-in tub with hydrotherapy jets on

How Much Does a Shower-to-Tub Conversion Cost?

Since we’re committed to bringing safer bathing to as many homes as we can, Safe Step works within your budget as much as possible. The price of your conversion will depend on several factors unique to your home and your choice of tub. Some factors that may impact your overall cost include:

  • Extra demolition to remove your shower
  • Premium tub features
  • Further walk-in bath accessories

Our lowest price guarantee and financing offers also help offset costs to make your walk-in bath affordable for your home. 

Enjoy Safer Bathing with Safe Step

Our safe bathing solutions are designed to help you and your family bathe comfortably and independently. Each element is added to ensure a therapeutic, secure experience you’ll love to incorporate into your daily routine. Learn more about replacing your shower with a walk-in bath made with your satisfaction and comfort in mind with a free quote today!

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