Why this easy, inexpensive project can add serious home safety
One Day Bath’s TubcuT® adds convenience and protection for all ages
When was the last time you faced the need for a home project that you knew would absolutely solve your problem and also go easy on your wallet?
For most homeowners, there’s usually an endless list of modifications and renovations that we need to make as both we and our homes age. And if you’re like most people, you put off projects that have more to do with your own safety or comfort.
But chances are, you or someone you know has had to deal with everyday aches and pains, arthritis, bad knees, foot or ankle problems, a handicap or overall mobility problems, aging in place, acting as a caregiver, or general worries about slip and falls in the bathtub.
You’ve probably already heard that there are ways to make your bathtub more accessible, but pushed the thought to the back of your mind because you’re worried about how long your bathroom is going to be out of commission, the cost of the project, and even if having your bathtub modified is actually going to serve its intended purpose.
Welcome to the novel idea of the TubcuT®.
If a person has difficulty lifting his or her legs over a traditional tub wall, then a portion of that tub wall can actually be cut and removed, then refinished. The cutout reduces the lift required to step or swing one’s legs into the tub, and instead turns it into a walk-in shower. The modification can be done in less than one day. Even better? The cut portion of the tub can be saved, and the project can be reversed if you want to sell your home and not lose value.
“We can do this without disturbing the plumbing or making a big deal of construction. We’re in and out of there in half a day, and then the customer is using their shower and their bathroom again by the next morning,” says Paul Echavarria, owner of One Day Bath for the past two decades. “We also have no problem with doing a complete reversal for this project, and once that’s complete, you would never know what that tub looked like before. It’s seamless and waterproof. The whole entire tub gets resurfaced so that when we’re done, the tub looks brand new again.”
Since the original TubcuT® was first offered on the market, there have been a number of national companies offering what looks like an identical product and service. One Day Bath, however, points out that with TubcuT®, the user chooses how wide the opening is and where it starts and ends. This allows the panels to structurally become part of the tub through a strong bonding process. The panels are also made of a durable material that is easy to clean, and your tub’s color can be matched perfectly to the panel’s edge for a seamless look and watertight construction. Competitors use plastic caps or one-piece inserts, and their products are typically attached to the tub with caulk only and don’t have any of the versatility of the TubcuT®.
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