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Old 04-05-2015, 08:03 AM   #1
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Hi: I need to swap out a 32x60 fiberglass tub unit with a same size low profile shower base as my wife has developed health issues. I'm looking at options: 1)acrylic, 2)acrylic with built in seat, 3)shower base that can be tiled over, and 4)shower base w/seat that can be tiled over.

Anybody have any practical advice on these options and what brands you'd recommend? I know the price will increase with each option. I'm a carpenter, will be doing the install myself. I'm debating about whether to have the built in seat or not.. If not, I'll use a shower chair when it's necessary for her to sit.

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Old 04-05-2015, 10:02 AM   #2
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I do the built in seat often and it's a nice look, but I think it's more practical to have a moveable shower seat for someone with mobility issues.

They do make walk-in tubs also y'know. Those are usually a bit pricey though.

Tile floor or acrylic is personal preference. Dont bother with the tile-able plastic Tile-ready pans.

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You could go with cultured marble or cultured granite. Base only, or base and walls. Watch your door placement with mobility issues. Grab bar(s) placement is critical.

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You are correct, the price does increase with "better" options. If you want total access for a roll-in shower conversion, look at the Tuff Form shower system. It's designed to sit right on the joists to give a no curb entry into the shower. The sizes and drain locations are also designed to make the conversion as easy as possible.

It's not cheap but probably one of the best setups out there, including ease of installation.

Of course, they make their marketing materials look ultra fancy but this was a conversion:
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....I think it's more practical to have a moveable shower seat for someone with mobility issues.
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Truth. Either a moveable seat, or a built-in folding/adjustable seat, but not a standard built-in, tiled shower bench. We have a few aging-in-place experts - Jaws for one - who probably can say more, with some authority.
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Take a look at the Sterling Accord units. I've always liked the quality and the caulkless installation. Luis you can get the "age in place" backers for grab bars as well as a removable seat.
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I'll need to give some thought about using a door or not.. May need to go with just a shower curtain for accessibility/assistance reasons.
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Take a look at the Sterling Accord units. I've always liked the quality and the caulkless installation. Luis you can get the "age in place" backers for grab bars as well as a removable seat.
Too late for me to edit my post but "Luis" should have read "plus"
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I'll need to give some thought about using a door or not.. May need to go with just a shower curtain for accessibility/assistance reasons.
If you go curbless, you can use a door without an issue.
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I'd prefer a door, but this bathroom isn't real big, a shower door would fit but it might make things tight for getting into and out of, and assisting.
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There are many options but depending on your wife's needs, I think curbless is most important. A shower curtain will work now and you can always get a custom-fit door later. You can't remove the curb a year after renovating without major changes.

Just some food for thought.
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I see Amazon sells the Arc tuff form bases. Any luck buying there or recommend other suppliers?

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