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The Advantages of Barrier-Free Bathing




What is barrier-free bathing?

Originally, barrier-free baths and showers were made as a more accessible bathing option. Barrier-free bathtubs include a door to get into them instead of having to step over the ledge and showers are virtually flat to the ground so they are easy to step into.

Many of our customers have found barrier-free bathing options to be perfect for their lifestyle. If you’ve been wondering if it’s the right option is right for you, read about some of the benefits below.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom every year. Barrier-free bathtubs are walk-in, making the process of getting in and out of the bathtub easier and safer than a traditional tub. Herl’s installs walk-in tubs with a seal so that you don’t have to worry about water escaping through the door and our Jacuzzi line of tubs have a grip material on the bottom of the tub for added safety. Likewise, walk-in showers are flat, with no step so that tripping is not a concern. We also offer tile options with a textured finish so you don’t have to worry about slipping.


Walk-in tubs and showers can give your bathroom a luxurious, spa-like atmosphere. Walk-in tubs are usually deeper than standard tubs, so your whole body can comfortably fit while you soak your worries away. We offer additional features like seats, extra jets and lights in some of our models, so you can have exactly what you want in your bathroom. Additionally, we proudly offer full-range customer customization. So, your bathtub or shower can be as big, wide, deep or long as you want! If you have any additional questions, be sure to check out our informational guide on walk-in tub.

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Barrier-free bathtubs and showers can give a form of independence back to those who use them. If you sustain an injury that would benefit from a soak, a barrier-free bathtub is a perfect solution. Likewise, barrier-free showers can be wheelchair accessible.


With so many color and design options available, choosing a barrier-free tub or shower is one of the best ways to implement your style in your bathroom. The opportunities are truly endless. Need some inspiration? Here are some looks we love.

Ready to add a barrier-free tub or shower to your home? Contact us today for a FREE consultation!