Many home design aspects turn into dangerous obstacles for people with limited mobility. The everyday task of getting in and out of the tub presents challenges for many of Hawaii’s seniors whose homes were built without accessibility or aging in mind. Previously, the only way to achieve a safe bathing environment came from the time-consuming tasks of tearing out and replacing the existing tub with a walk-in shower. Island Bath Works now offers walk-in tub conversions, which modifies existing tubs for safe and easy access.
With hundreds of successful tub conversions to its credit, Island Bath Works empowers seniors to live safe and independent lives regardless of what type of tub is installed. “Tub conversions can be done on all types of tubs regardless of material composition, age, shape or size,” explained company CEO Eric Thompson. “Cast-iron tubs are the most common type of tub found on Oahu, are built like a tank and people are always in disbelief when they see a perfect entrance cut into the tub.” The walk-in conversion process is extremely versatile. The entryway can be made to various widths, and can be located at whichever location is best suited to the needs of the homeowner.

A walk-in tub conversion is the ideal solution for bathtub accessibility concerns. The conversion process involves cutting the actual bathtub and custom fabricating the cut-ends to achieve a safe and low step-in height that maintains a seamless factory appearance. The typical 14-inch-high bathtub sidewall can be reduced to a mere 4 inches, as low as most showers. Since no major demolition or plumbing work is required, the job takes just one day of work and the walk-in tub is ready to use the following night.

Tub conversion offers tremendous value to homeowners looking for a safer bathroom. “The cost and time spent on full bath remodels can add up quick due to labor and material costs. Walk-in tub conversions save thousands of dollars while achieving the same safe and accessible bathing environment a shower offers,” said Thompson.
For tubs that have seen better days, Island Bath Works also offers tub refinishing, which restores the original shiny appearance while incorporating a safe, non-skid surface to the tub bottom. Grab-bar installation also is available for installation into most types of walls.

Island Bath Works offers service to all islands and is accredited with the Better Business Bureau.

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