5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Walk-in Shower

5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Walk-in Shower 

You can’t watch a home renovation show without seeing a walk-in shower feature. They’re modern and add a custom touch to a bathroom, so it’s no surprise that they’re at the top of the renovation list for many homeowners. 

 

The reasons to upgrade your master bath with an elegant walk-in shower are endless, but we’ve rounded up our top five benefits of these luxurious modern home additions. Whether you’re looking for better accessibility in your master bath or a more modern aesthetic in a small guest bath, you can’t go wrong with a custom walk-in shower from All States Home Improvement. Read on to learn more! 

 

  1. Better Accessibility

Bathing is often the most relaxing part of our days. However, it is often less than rejuvenating for those with mobility issues if they are forced to bathe in a shower/tub combo. While many homes are equipped with traditional shower/bath combos because of their versatility, the top of the tub is typically nearly two feet off the ground, making them problematic for people with limited mobility. Difficulty maneuvering in and out of the tub, combined with wet surfaces, can make bathing extremely dangerous for this segment of the population. 

 

The most common update for an accessible bathroom is converting a shower/tub combo to a walk-in shower. These showers are built to be easy to walk or roll into, so the chances for tripping are minimal. Therefore, if you or someone in your home is looking for a more accessible bathroom, a walk-in shower is a good place to start. Read this blog about converting your bathroom for better accessibility for more information on how to improve your bathroom’s accessibility features. 

 

  1. Resale Value

When placed in the right room, a walk-in shower will increase the value of your home. They make smaller bathrooms look bigger and leave room for more features in a small guest bath (see more about that in reason five!). Keep in mind, however, that you may want to keep at least one bathtub in one bathroom in your home to keep resale value high for buyers with children, who will likely want at least one bath for bathing their kiddos.  

 

  1. Appearance

Modern, functional, and versatile are three words that perfectly describe walk-in showers. No matter your design aesthetic, the team at All States Home Improvement will design a beautiful shower to fit your space. Your consultant will share a wide variety of colors and designs to fit your style from traditional, to elegant to farmhouse.  And don’t forget the accessories!  Whether you’re looking for a spa-like rainfall showerhead or something handheld, shelving, benches or even a shaving ledge, we have the expert know-how and experience to guide your decisions and match your unique preferences. 

 

  1. Easier to Clean & Durable

All States bath products are made of non-porous acrylic panels for the most durable and easy to maintain option on the market. No tile or grout to clean or maintain, no mold or mildew and our shower panels have an antimicrobial surface that stops the growth of bacteria. Cleaning your custom walk-in shower will be much quicker and easier. No tile, grout or porous porcelain surfaces that hold in grime and bacteria. Additionally, because our walk-in shower consists of flat surfaces, with reinforced corners – there are fewer nooks and crannies to catch buildup, slashing your cleaning time.  

 

  1. Conserve Space

Walk-in showers are built to fit the room, so you don’t have to work with standard size templates. Therefore, you can add a shower to a room that couldn’t hold a shower/tub combo. Another option is to replace a combo unit with a smaller walk-in shower to create space for a nice vanity area in your bathroom!  Completing your new walk-in shower with a frameless shower door or an elegant glass wall will make the room appear larger than it is, adding value to your home.  

 

Turn to All States Home Improvement to Upgrade Your Bathroom 

Are you ready to update your bathroom with a walk-in shower? Contact us today for more information! Since 1992, our family-owned and -operated business has served homeowners with premium products, specialized installations, and unmatched customer service. Our bathroom systems are installed in as little as 2 days, by specialists who have perfected their craft, so you can trust that every technician who works on your home is trained in the best installation techniques for the specific products you select. 

 

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Convert Your Bathroom this Winter to Improve Accessibility

The holidays: it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Lights are aglow all around us, people are overflowing with joy, and everything has a little bit more sparkle than the preceding months. We spend the time reconnecting with family members we’ve lost touch with when life was too hectic the rest of the year. This holiday season, did you find yourself recognizing that your parents aren’t getting around quite as well as they did last year? Or maybe as you’re reading this you’re thinking that you’ve lost a bit of your agility these past several months. 

Inevitably, we all will lose a bit of mobility as we age, and we are all looking to age with independence and dignity. More recently, retirees are choosing to forgo facilities equipped with accessible living spaces. Instead, the elderly are opting to “age in place.” This concept is defined as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. While the “aging in place” trend is a much more desirable way to spend one’s later years in life, the family home is often not prepared for this stage in life. Though there are many rooms in a house that may need renovations for better accessibility, one crucial area to invest in is the bathroom.

How to Equip Your Bathroom For Aging In Place

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 78,000 people are sent to hospitals each year due to injuries occurring from bathing or showering. In addition to the tub or shower, the toilet also poses a substantial risk for those less sprightly. As quoted in a New York Times article, Judy A. Stevens, an epidemiologist with the CDC, said, “Injuries getting on and off the toilet are quite high in people 65 and older. Having grab bars by the toilet would be helpful for people in their older years, and everyone would benefit from having grab bars both inside the tub or shower and where you get in and out.”

Because bathrooms pose the most potential risks for injury, renovating your bathroom will give you peace of mind that you, or your parents, are ready to age in place with grace. Read on to learn where to focus your efforts on your bathroom transformation.

Bathtub and Shower Conversions

Bathing should be a relaxing, rejuvenating experience. However, for the elderly, it can be fraught with anxiety due to the potential for injuries. Many homes are equipped with traditional shower/bath combos because of their versatility. However, because the top of the tub is typically nearly two feet off the ground, they are not ideal for people with limited mobility. Difficulty maneuvering in and out of the tub, combined with wet surfaces, makes it extremely dangerous.

The most common update for an accessible bathroom is converting a shower/tub combo to a walk-in shower. These showers are built to be easy to walk or roll into, so the chances for tripping are minimal. Though risks are reduced, it is essential to install grab bars in the shower as well in case of slipping on the wet floor. Often, it is easier for people with fatigue to sit while they bathe. Therefore, installing a no-slip chair or bench will be a welcome addition. Don’t forget to replace the existing showerhead with a removable, handheld showerhead that will reach the bench or chair.

Many people simply enjoy the luxury of a warm bath filled with essential oils and bubbles. If you find yourself cringing at the thought of being stuck with showers for the rest of your life, a walk-in tub might be a great compromise. Though they come with a higher price tag, they are well worth the investment for avid bubble bath enthusiasts.

Toilet Modifications

Most bathrooms have somewhat similar toilets, with only small differences in color or shape. However, for people facing difficulties getting in and out of chairs, a taller, more accessible toilet would be ideal. Weaker muscles make it challenging to lower oneself to sit or lift to stand, so installing grab bars around the toilet is a vital component of any bathroom conversion.

Other Areas to Consider for Accessibility

  • Doorway: you may need to widen it to allow for a wheelchair or walker to make it through with ease. If you think this may be the case at some point, it’s best to do it as part of the whole bathroom renovation rather than waiting for a second alteration.
  • Flooring: no-slip mats are the quickest and easiest way to make a bathroom safer. There are also several permanent no-slip flooring options if you are interested in making the investment.
  • Sink: unless you need to convert countertop heights for a wheelchair, the bathroom sink often is overlooked for accessibility. Though the sink likely doesn’t pose much risk, there are still ways to make it more user-friendly for people with arthritis. For example, switching traditional knobs out for lever handles are more comfortable to turn on and off for aching joints.

Function Can be Fashionable

We know, when you hear “accessible bathroom,” you instantly picture a sterile, unattractive space as you’ve seen in hospital rooms. We’re here to tell you that accessibility can be beautiful as well as functional. Our team will work with you to design comfortable, attractive spaces to keep you safe.

It’s best to make accessibility alterations before you need them, so your home is ready when you are. Life is full of unexpected events, so having a fully-accessible bathroom will put your mind at ease. Whether it’s an unforeseen surgery, an unfortunate accident, or merely the uncomfortable symptoms of aging, an updated bathroom will keep you safe at home regardless of physical limitations.

Turn to All States Home Improvement to Convert Your Bathroom for Accessibility

Are you ready to take the first step to improve your bathroom’s accessibility? Contact us today for more information! We specialize in bathroom remodels using top-quality products and expert service. 

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7 Reasons to Replace Your Front Entry Door

It’s the place your eye automatically lands when looking at a house. It communicates the personality of your home, and it’s the entry point for most guests. So why is it that the front entry door is often overlooked?

The fact is, side and garage doors are often the primary doors used by a home’s inhabitants, so front entry doors tend to be forgotten. Many homeowners wait until they are putting their home on the market before exploring the costs and benefits of replacing their front entry door. A new door will be more appealing to potential buyers, so why not make that small but impactful improvement to welcome you home each day?

With many overwhelmingly positive benefits and a relatively low price point for installation, front entry doors should be one of the first places homeowners look when searching for a high-impact home improvement project. Not quite convinced? Take a look at these seven reasons you should consider replacing your front entry door.

  1. Curb Appeal

One of the most obvious reasons to replace your front door is the curb appeal a new door contributes to the overall look of your home. There are endless combinations when it comes to the style and color of your door, so the front door is a great way to bring a pop of color to your home’s facade. We even researched 8 popular front door colors and their meanings.

  1. Energy Savings

Is your door drafty? Do you shove a towel under the bottom of the door to keep warm air in and cold air out? These are clear signs you are losing money through your door. Installing a new front door will reduce your monthly energy bills and keep your home comfortable year-round.

  1. A Cleaner Home

If air is making its way through your closed door, you can bet that Kansas dirt and allergens are flying into your home as well. Save yourself the headache of daily dusting by investing in a new entry door.

  1. Visible Damage

Dents, scratches, or other unsightly marks are an undeniable reason to upgrade your door, as it will quickly improve the visual appearance of your home as a whole. Additionally, if your door has glass features, condensation between the window panes is a sign of damage to the seal. Because this damage could allow additional moisture into your home, you should quickly replace any foggy windows or doors.

  1. Improve the Safety of Your Home

An old, damaged, or unlevel door is an easy target for home burglaries. Additionally, when a door is unlevel, it may be difficult or impossible to lock the door properly. A new, sturdy door will keep your mind at ease and keep uninvited visitors out.

  1. Ease of Use

Spoiler alert: you shouldn’t have to tackle your entry door like a linebacker to open it or throw your weight behind it to get it shut! If your door isn’t hanging level on its hinges, it will stick on the door frame and be difficult to open or close. Make it easy on yourself and replace that door.

  1. Return on Investment

A quality new front door is the most affordable home improvement project with the highest return on investment. In fact, Remodeling Magazine rated a new front door with a nearly 95% return on the investment. That percentage increases depending on the type of door you select. So, if you’re looking for a simple way to give your home a quick, affordable makeover, the front door is the first place to look!

Upgrading your front entry door is an exciting way to give your home a whole new appearance. From traditional carved wood doors to a vibrant pop of color, a new door is one of the best inexpensive home renovations with a high return on investment. Increased safety and lower energy costs make installing a new entry door a no-brainer. So don’t wait until you are selling your home to invest a little time and energy into yours!

We provide a wide selection of entry doors to upgrade your home’s safety and appearance. Contact us today to learn more about entry door installation or request a free estimate.

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