Walk-In Tubs Are the Best Gift for Aging Parents

Without a doubt, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous spaces for elderly people. In fact, thousands of our elders get hurt in bathroom accidents every year. Injuries from these accidents range from being minor scrapes to being life threateningHere are some facts:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 235,000 people visit the emergency room because of the injuries suffered in the bathroom.

Because the elderly have greater difficulties with mobility, balancing and vision, they are more likely to fall or slip, which accounts for 79% of bathroom injuries. Unfortunately, over one-third of the those falls requires hospital admission.

Getting in-and-out of a bathtub may not seem like a difficult task to you, but for our elders, it is extremely scary. Let’s solve this problem!

What is a Walk-In Tub?

A walk-in tub is a bathtub that was created with senior sin mind. As the name suggests, these tubs have a door that simplifies the process of entering and leaving the bath tub without lifting one of your legs up. Walk-in tubs are just like normal bath tubs and can many times be installed exactly where the current bathtub is located.

Types of Walk-In Tubs

All walk-in tubs have the same goal: To provide safe entry and exit. The difference between walk-in tubs is in the way the door opens. There are 4 basic types of walk-in tubs available to choose from:

1. The Outward Opening Walk-In Tub
As the name suggests, the doors of this bath tub open outward. Even though this feature makes them the safest bet in case of an emergency, they are very expensive and need a lot of space in the bathroom.

2. The Inward Opening Walk-In Tub
The doors in these bath tubs open inwards. Due to their design, these can accommodate small bathrooms and as a result, are the most popular option.

3. The Sliding Door Walk-In Tub
These bath tubs have a sliding door that comes with a lock. These doors are also very safe in emergency situations, as they can be opened from outside.

4. The Upward Swinging Door Walk-In
These types of bathtubs come with a door that needs to be lifted up and pushed down after use. These tubs might not be as useful for seniors, as they might find it tough to lift and push the door on their own.

5. The Chair Bath Tubs:
As the name suggests, chair bathtubs are the bathtubs that have a chair seating option. You should go for this bath tub if your seniors has a problem standing for more than a few minutes at a time

6. Hydrotherapy Bathtubs:
These bath tubs have an additional feature of hydrotherapy or water therapy. This can ease the aching joints of your senior and give them a prolonged feeling of relief.

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Bathroom Remodeling Costs | How to save Money

How to save money on bathroom remodeling costs
When you decide to undertake a renovation, the main question you ask yourself is, “is it worth it?” But research shows that kitchen and bathroom remodeling always pays well. This is because everybody wants to have a kitchen and bathroom that are beautifully done and look immaculate. If you are planning on undertaking bathroom remodeling, here are some tips to keep the bathroom remodeling costs down:

Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting is one of the key components of updating a dark and dingy bathroom into a bright, warm inviting place. The choice you make of light fixtures will set the tone for the whole space. It is very important to have the right task light. It refers to the light by which you can best see yourself. Proper lighting near the mirror is extremely important. A professional contractor can surely help you decide on the right spots for great results.

Tip: Avoid the lights above the mirror as this light is ineffective when applying makeup or shaving, as it casts the shadow below the nose, eyes and chin.

Bathroom Windows Treatment

To spruce up the bathroom, it is important to make the windows attractive. This is a simple way to keep the bathroom remodeling costs low. By simply changing the window treatment, you can enhance the look of the otherwise dull bathroom. When deciding on the window treatment, just remember the golden rule, less is more. Strip away the heavy window coverings and replace them with simple shades. Or, you can consider the roller shades for complete privacy.

Bathroom Mirrors

Bathroom vanity mirrors are a striking focal point in the bath space as they give a great opportunity to express the design personality. Keeping the bathroom design plan in mind, it might be a great idea to invest in a style that is consistent with the overall design of the bathroom and add to the eclectic design.

Wall colors:

It is not necessary to stick to wall coloring. If you want, you can even implement wallpaper, titles or stone to get newer look. But when selecting the bathroom’s colors, consider the style you want to create. Some of the ideas that you can consider are:

*Color Blocking: This treatment adds dimension and flair. The two tone wall, such as white on the upper portion and deep-blue in the lower portion, will make the bathroom look trendy.

*Double Trouble: Blending tiles and paint is also a great idea. Mix the soft yellow tiles on the lower half of the walls and white color on the upper portion of the wall. This will make the bathroom look warm and inviting. To add some colors, use green or blue accessories.

Bathroom Fixtures

Your bathroom remodeling will not be complete without the right fixtures. It is very important to change the old fixtures such as the bath tub or taps. Here are some some other bathroom ideas to consider during a remodel.

With these 5 tips you will be able to get a bathroom that is beautifully done, making for a relaxing and spa-like environment.
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Shower Doors | How to Choose

Installing new shower doors can be one of the quickest and easiest ways to update the look of a dated bathroom space. New shower doors can provide an elegant or economical shower enclosure. Unlike a shower curtain, shower doors offer a water-tight seal, privacy and safety. Furthermore, they look classier! Whether your shower door is more for utilitarian use or perhaps you’re looking to add a unique decorative element to your new bathroom design, there are numerous shower door sizes, shapes and styles. However, sometimes the amount of options can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. Affordable Bath Remodel wants to ensure you get the perfect shower door for your bathroom shower or tub enclosure. The following guide is designed to help you find the right shower door for your bathroom so you don’t have to do a full shower remodel.

Shower Door Overview

There are typically three types of shower designs. Once you know which category your shower falls into, you’ll then be able to measure the opening, determine the swing of the door and choose the correct type of shower door.

The Three Types of Shower Door Designs

1. Bathtub Showers – One unit with a complete bathtub and showerhead
2. Alcove – A stand-alone shower with 1-2 solid panels and shower door
3. Corner – A stand-alone shower enclosure with multiple panels and shower doors. Can also be curved or round

The Types of Shower Doors

Bypass – Consisting of sliding door panels that travel past one another on a track, these space saving shower doors are typically 60-inches wide and are commonly used with bathtub, alcove and corner stand-alone shower enclosures.

Pivot – When bypass doors are not possible, a one-panel swinging shower door works ideal for stand-alone shower enclosures of all sizes. Typical sizes range from 36-inches to 48-inches, but larger openings can be accommodated by installing fixed panels or double hinged doors.

Neo-Angle – Shower enclosures that are installed in corners are called a neo-angle. With less-acute angles than a corner stand-alone shower, these shower doors take up very little space.

Round – A round shower is completely different than another other shower door available. Opening inward, these curved glass doors can open on both the left and right hand side and are designed to offer more space than a neo-angle shower.

Frame Design, Finish and Measurements – Shower doors can be framed, semi-frameless or frameless.

Framed/Semi-Framed – Aluminum or composite frames surround the glass panel. Affordable Bath Remodel offers a variety of framed finishes ranging from brushed nickel to chrome to oil-rubbed bronze. These shower doors often sport a track with the same finish.

Frameless – We also offer and install completely frameless glass doors to give your shower a clean view that opens the space with clear pivoting doors.

Glass–Once you have your doorframe selection complete, the last stage is choosing a style of glass. Here at Affordable Bath Remodel, we offer a wide selection of glass for your shower door and enclosure. Sizes ranging from 3/16-inch up to ½-inch thick ensure you’ll get the right glass for your shower door no matter your tastes, style or budget. We also offer special protective coatings, frosted, opaque and patterned panels for the perfect blend of privacy and style.

Measuring a shower door requires very precise measurements and is often a job best left up to a professional. Affordable Bath Remodel can help you select the right height and width for your showers opening so you have the perfect fit for your new shower door. Whether it’s a standard size or a custom fit, our licensed and insured team at Affordable Bath Remodel is ready to measure your bathroom door opening right at your home and give you a free quote today.

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Bathtub to Shower Conversion

Post Bathtub to Shower conversion project
Whether your bathtub has seen better days or you’re looking to install a safer shower that’s easy to navigate, a bathtub-to-shower conversion is a great way to renovate any outdated bathroom space for style as well as safety. Taking out a tub and replacing it with a custom shower enclosure can be a pricey and time consuming process when done using conventional methods of installation. However, with an acrylic shower remodel, in many cases it only takes a few days to install and the costs are significantly lower—and all with gorgeous materials that are designed for easy maintenance that are meant to last a lifetime.

Here at Affordable Bath Remodel, we understand how difficult it can be for seniors to safely step in and out of a bathtub—in fact, falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths by people over the age of 75 and the second leading cause of accidental death by those between the ages of 45 and 75. That’s why our bathtub to shower conversion materials feature an anti-slip bottom as well as accessories such as grab-bars, shower doors and corner seats. That way, you be sure that the next time you use the shower, you won’t have to worry about slipping and falling.

No matter what your reason for converting your bathtub into a shower is, it’s important that when the work is done, that it’s not just the bathtub that’s being replaced. Materials like drains, valves and subfloors can age and corrode overtime and that can cause some serious problems for the new shower enclosure later on down the road. It’s also important to ensure those performing the work are licensed, insured and have experience converting a bathtub into a shower.

When it comes to installing the new shower, many installers only offer a specific size, which can make for an awkward installation when the new shower doesn’t quite fit into the old space. At Affordable Bath Remodel, we can also create a custom-sized shower to fit you and your space perfectly. We also install walk-in bathtub.

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Full Bathroom Remodel

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From top to bottom, a full bathroom remodel can be a great way to enhance a smaller, more budget-friendly part of your home that makes a huge impact on its overall value. Getting a good return on your investment is always an important part of any home improvement project and with the right features and upgrades, a full bathroom renovation can help you to get the most out of your hard earned money. Whether its quality granite countertops, marble tile or heated flooring, these bathroom enhancements can certainly bring additional value to your home, as well as years of enjoyment for you and your family.
However, these bathroom conversions can be difficult to execute, and without an experienced bathroom contractor to perform quality work, you could end up paying more than the project is worth. Here at Affordable Bath Remodel, we’re only happy when you’re happy with your quality bathroom remodel—and we have a long list of satisfied customers to prove it! Our knowledgeable staff of licensed and insured bathroom experts can easily install wall/floor tile, custom showers, lighting, fixtures, under floor heating, plumbing and so much more for a full bathroom remodel that’s custom designed to fit your needs and suit your tastes perfectly.
Even when a full bathroom remodel project is done by a bathroom contractor who has plenty of experience, if the contractor can’t help the homeowner develop a plan based on the homeowner’s needs, wants and styles, then the project isn’t going to benefit the homeowner. That’s why it’s important to find a bathroom renovation expert who not only has plenty of experience renovating a complete bathroom, but also one who has a thorough understanding of how to redesign a bathroom to make it fit seamlessly with the existing homes architecture as well as designed masterfully to suit those who use the space most.
At Affordable Bath Remodel, we make certain that the starting plan is as good as the finished product. From beginning to end, Affordable Bath Remodel can help you to create the ultimate bathroom for your home. Visit our showroom and our design experts will produce a 3D design of your bathroom space. Whether you’re doing a full bathroom remodel or creating a new bathroom space from scratch, we can help you put your ideas into a workable model to help you visualize how the new bathroom will actually look in your home. We will even provide you with a free quote, so you can be sure you’ll be happy with your full bathroom remodel design, long before you sign any contracts—or more importantly—any checks.
With a good plan in place, choosing the features and upgrades that makes a bathroom special is often one of the most satisfying times for homeowners. It’s fun to choose between tile, shower doors, flooring materials, lighting and the hundreds of other options available for a full bathroom remodel project. While it can be an enjoyable time, it can also be overwhelming when you’re left to dive in head first by yourself.
At Affordable Bath Remodel, we pride ourselves on helping the homeowner differentiate between the many choices for their bathroom remodel so they can make an informed decision when purchasing bathroom materials, accessories and features.
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Bathtub Liners | The Pros and Cons

Bathtub liner home bathroom
Taking a bath in a stained, scratched or even cracked bathtub is frustrating. Who wants to get cleaned up in a dirty tub after all? But a full bathtub replacement can be even more frustrating, especially when the bathroom is small and the budget is tight. Bathtub liners are a cost and time-effective solution to this problem. Yet, as with any restoration procedure, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with installing bathtub liners. Read below to know more about them:

Bathtub Liner Pros

1. No Alteration Needed in the Bathroom
Bathtub liners are custom-made to perfectly fit the existing bathtub and are placed on top of it and cover it totally. So, you will not need to make any adjustments on tiles, bathroom furniture, bathtub position, etc.

2. No Mess
The bathtub liners are fixed with a special glue positioned in between the old bathtub and the liner. The installing procedure is limited to cleaning the old tub, applying glue, placing the liner in and making necessary adjustments on fixtures. Therefore, the process is simple, clean and does not require extensive cleaning once the contractor leaves.

3. Time-Effective
The bathtub liner is done in one day and the bathtub can be used after 24 hours. Unlike a replacement, which may take a couple of days (even one-two weeks, depending on the extent of your project), this is a rapid solution for a total tub transformation.

4. Durable
The bathtub liners are guaranteed a few years, if kept in good conditions, so you can enjoy your long, relaxing baths over and over again.

5. Easy to Clean and Maintain
The bathtub liners need no special maintenance, just regular cleaning with a sponge and a bathtub cleaning solution.

6. Thin, so Size Modification is not Noticeable
The liner is only a 0.25 inch thin, which means that it would not visibly modify the size of the existing bathtub.

Bathtub Liner Cons

1. Expensive
Cheaper than a total bathroom makeover, the bath liners are still expensive for a tight budget. The estimated cost of a bath liner installation varies between $1,500 and $3,000.

2. Poor Fit
When measurement has not been taken correctly, or the liner was not crafted accordingly, the bathtub liner will not perfectly fit the tube. This results in a slight flex when the pressure is applied. This will result in discomfort each time you use the bathtub and in time, cracks and leaks.

3. Adjustment for Draining System
When installing the bathtub liner, you may also need to make some adjustments to the draining and overflow system.

4. Difficult Removal
The liner is glued to the old bathtub, so removing it is rather difficult and in some cases may even be impossible. This is a considerable downfall when you plan to redecorate in the near future or the linear cracks and/or stains immediately after installation.

5. Not Available for Acrylic Bath Tubs
Liners are available only for the cast iron bathtubs, but cannot be installed on acrylic tubes.

Alternative solutions

Bathtub refinishing is a cheaper alternative to replacing a bathtub or installing a bathtub liner. The refinishing involves cleaning and sanding the surface, repairing cracks and chips and applying a coat in the desired color. The refinishing is also complete in a day, does not involve any modifications to the bathroom setting or existing fixtures and when done professionally, is not too messy. Last, but not least, it costs around $300 and nobody will tell the difference between a new tube and your refinished bathtub.

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Granite Countertops

Bathroom granite countertop sink and mirror
Granite is a beautiful material that is well-known for its stain resistant properties as well as its good looks. This high-end material provides an elegant design element that is relatively inexpensive when compared to similar materials. Whether granite stands alone or is paired with other stone materials, granite transcends all boundaries of design and fits perfectly within any bathroom design theme. It also comes in a huge variety of colors, shades and patterns, so you can be sure a new granite vanity countertop will match your bathroom décor and design elements flawlessly.

Here at Affordable Bath Remodel, we offer a wide selection of granite vanity tops that are ready to install in your newly remodeled bathrooms. Our team of qualified bathroom professionals is ready to help you every step of the way in your vanity top selection.

When choosing a granite vanity top, you’ll want to consider the shape of the vanity edging. Because granite is easily workable, it can be made into a wide variety of shapes to add a pleasing element to an otherwise boring slab of stone. The following list of Affordable Bath Remodel edge profiles will help you get familiar with granite vanity tops many profiled edges.

Square Edge
Not truly a square edge because of the dangerously sharp corners, this vanity edge style comes either as a subtle eased edge or more pronounced sloping waterfall edge.

Beveled Edge
Also known as a chamfer, this 45 degree angle on the edge of the vanity creates a clean and crisp detail to the traditional vanity top.

One of the more popular designs for granite, the softened, rounded edge creates a warm and cozy feel to this otherwise stout material. Variations come as demi-bullnose and half-bullnose with the former being less pronounced than the latter.

This S-shaped profile creates a luxurious and opulent edge and helps to showcase the thickness of the granite vanity top.

Similar to a bullnose, this profiled granite edge has a flowing edge that plunges abruptly and smoothly over the side of the vanity top.

A simple inverted edge rests on top of a gently sloping bullnose to create a regal and elegant banding on granite of all colors and styles.

This is the inverted version of a bullnose and offers a bowl-shaped beveled edge that is smooth and seamless.

This L-shaped cut creates an inverted edge on the banding of the granite that offers a simple, yet defined look.

Rough and rugged, this rustic chipped edge is also called broken face or rock face due to its natural look.

Affordable Bath Remodel is ready to help you find the perfect granite vanity top for your bathroom vanity. No matter what style, color or shape you choose, our Affordable Bath Remodel installation crew is licensed, insured and ready to work in and around the greater Chicago area.
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Walk-In Tubs

Walk0in Bathtub for senior
If you’re looking for the soothing effects of a whirlpool or jet-massaging tub, but with the safety and security of a walk in shower, than look no further than a walk-in bathtub. Designed to provide access to a large tub without the need to navigate over large slippery curbs, walk-in tubs are perfect for those with limited mobility who prefer to have the freedom to live at home and still enjoy a nice soak in the tub. Even for those who just want an easier way to enter and exit a tub while enjoying the therapeutic effects of a whirlpool tub, a walk-in tub is the perfect solution to all your bathing needs and wants.
Besides being one of the safest ways to take a bath, many walk-in tubs offer features and upgrades that are more reminiscent of a high-end day spa than an at home bathtub. Fabulous features like whirlpool jets, air bubbles and comfortable molded seating provide a luxurious soak that’s both comforting and therapeutic in its benefits. Simply walk in, fill up and soak away all of your aches and pains without fear of slipping or falling.
Here at Affordable Bath Remodel, our team of licensed and insured bath experts have been installing walk-in tubs for years, in and around the Chicagoland area. We offer speedy service and a quick installation that’s backed by a lifetime guarantee.
While a walk-in tub is the main feature of a newly renovated bathroom, many installers often leave it at that. Here at Affordable Bath Remodel, we understand that installation doesn’t stop at just the tub. We offer fantastic upgrades such as matching ceiling panels, wall surrounds and wainscoting from both our pure acrylic line and the Onyx Collection so you can be sure that your new tub is just as stylish as it is safe.
Luxury, safety and functionality are the inspiration behind all of our walk-in tubs and we can assure you, you won’t find a better product or installation team to help you get the perfect tub to suit your needs best. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (224) 307-4770, email us, or click the button below.

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The Onyx Collection

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When you’re looking for the perfect bathroom accessories, lavatory or tub to shower conversions, don’t settle for less—look to the Onyx Collection. The Onyx Collection manufacturers superb shower bases, wall panels, shower seats and so much more. Founded in 1985, the Onyx Collection “Forever Guarantee” ensures that all products will last a lifetime. Additionally, when you add together the Affordable Bath Remodel lifetime guarantee; you have a product that’s going to last forever. No matter what size, shape or color you desire for your bathroom materials, the Onyx Collection and Affordable Bath Remodel have the perfect solution for your bathroom remodel project.

Onyx Lavatory
Whether you need a standard size or custom-made lavatory, The Onyx Collection has got you covered. Choose between a wide variety of standard-sized sinks that offer integral or molded bowls with offset and even double bowl sets. All standard lavatories have an integral backsplash for easy maintenance and some models can even be trimmed down to custom size without charging extra for custom prices.
When a standard lavatory won’t work, it calls for a custom built lavatory. Custom made lavatories can be fashioned to any depth, length, shape or thickness and incorporate any 12 of their unique sink bowl designs. And with four different beveled edges and thicknesses to choose from, your custom built lavatory options are nearly endless. Let Affordable Bath Remodel install your Onyx Collection lavatory and you can have a new sink in two days or less.

Onyx Shower Bases and Wall Panels
Shower bases and wall panels of the Onyx Collection consist of one base and two wall panels, but a ceiling panel can be added and even created using a special high temperature resin for use in steam showers. Color matching silicone, a variety of shapes, curb options and colors make certain that you’ll find the perfect shower enclosure to suit any bathroom design specifications with perfection. Offset drains, low profile curbs and a huge variety of matching accessories top off the many features of the Onyx Collection shower bases and wall panels. Complete kits for tub replacement options feature glass doors, curtains or a special low-profile handicap curb for slip-free access in and out of the shower.

Onyx Shower Accessories
The Onyx Collection offers a plethora of colors, styles and perfectly fitting accessories for your shower as well as amazing lavatories, shower bases and wall panels. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate soap caddy for your many shampooing accessories or you’re looking a relaxing seat with foot rest for your steam shower, the Onyx Collection has something to suit every style as well as budget.
Here at Affordable Bath Remodel, we are a certified dealer of the Onyx Collection and our team of licensed and insured bathroom renovation experts have plenty of experience installing this amazing product.
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Small Bathroom Ideas | Making Your Bathroom Look Bigger

Small bathroom ideas for people on a tight budget
Do you feel cramped in your small bathroom? Well, the good news is that you’re not alone. The even better news is that we encounter that issue on a daily basis and can give you some tips! There are a number of ways to make the bathroom appear larger without swinging any sledgehammers or doing a full bathroom remodel. You just need to know the right tricks.
The following small bathroom ideas will help you create more space, both visually and spatially, and make your small bathroom appear larger:

Keep the Color and Tone Uniform

In other words, don’t paint your walls red and choose a lighter color for the tiles. This only chops up the space, making it appear smaller. If your walls are a soft tan, then try to find tiles in the same color or color family. If you are insistent on creating contrast, apply it to an object, light fixture, or low cabinet. For example, if your bathroom walls and tiles are cream in color, then install a red lighting fixture for a bit of pop. The lighting fixture will stand out and the rest will recede into the background. This is a sure-fire small bathroom idea.

Keep the Color of the Walls and the Ceiling the Same

This is especially true if you have an oddly shaped ceiling or one that is angled. Applying a unifying color makes unusual angles and shapes disappear and expands the space. It minimizes the amount of planes intersecting, helping to create a more expansive space. You can also apply one shade lighter on the ceiling.

Take the Tiles to the Ceiling of the Shower

Most builders don’t apply the tile as far up as they should. They also trim the edges of the tiles with bull-nosed edges. This is more expensive than applying the tiles all the way to the ceiling. By doing so, you will create the illusion of height. It also means fewer transitions, less contrast and therefore gives an expansive feeling.

Use Clear Glass in the Shower

Another favorite small bathroom idea: If your small bathroom has a stand up shower, use a clear glass to separate the shower area from the rest of the bathroom space. This will make the space seem larger. Typically, most builders will add a frosted glass to create the illusion of a wall. Even though this will let light in, it creates a visual barrier, which makes the space look smaller.

Install Big Mirrors in your Small Bathroom

A mirror can be the focal point of your bathroom. Install one that reaches the ceiling. Opt for one that is trimmed in tile or wood with lighting installed within it. The impact of the light will be double, making the space seem larger. Avoid double mirrors as it will chop up the area of your bathroom.

Opt for Natural Light

Natural light in a tiny bathroom has always been desirable. Nothing beats the experience of feeling the glow from the morning sun on your face. Most homeowners cover up their bathroom windows with shutters or a blacked-out window treatment. Instead, install a tone-on-tone stained-glass window or a transparent window shade. This will give you the bnest of both worlds — privacy and natural light.

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