Picture this: you’ve just gotten in from a vigorous run or a game of tennis or a marathon gardening session in the backyard. You’re hot. You’re sweaty. You’re just itching to jump into the shower. You race to the bathroom, turn on the faucet, strip down, and step inside when WHAM! You slip. Luckily, you catch yourself, but just barely.
If not, odds are this scenario will be familiar at some point in your life, given that The New York Times reports how bathrooms can be the most dangerous room in the house, with over one third of bathroom injuries happening while bathing or showering. (You’ll just have to read the NYT article yourself to find out how many injuries happen on the toilet—we’re not going there.)
As more and more people age in their “forever homes,” these stats are likely to increase, IF people don’t take certain precautions.
What precautions, you ask? Well, many of the popular ones include…
- Adding grab bars by toilets and in showers
- Using shower chairs
- Installing handicap toilets
- Remodeling bathrooms completely
One precaution we don’t think people focus on enough, however, is the material used in the shower.This is where solid surfaces come in. It’s the best material for a custom shower base because it is both safe and durable.
Before we continue on about solid surfaces, let’s back up a bit and talk about some other popular shower materials…and why they fail in the safety department.
Fiberglass and tiled showers aren’t naturally non-slip surfaces, which means you’d need to add some sort of friction to the base in order to prevent slipping. People might use shower mats or a non-slip coating, but that adds another step—something else you need to do, something else you need to clean. In fact, adding a coating or a mat can create spaces/gaps that trap dirt and bacteria as well as moisture, which in turn promotes the growth of more bacteria, mold, and mildew. Somehow, we doubt you’d want all that icky stuff joining you as you attempt to get clean.
On the other hand, your solid surface shower base can be manufactured with a pebbled texture, one that prevents slippage AND one that doesn’t harbor germs and mildew.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our premier line of solid surface shower products, including standard and custom bases, shower panels, and shower accessories. You can find all of this—and much more—over on Tower Showers.
Here are just some of the benefits you’ll receive from our solid surface shower products:
- All of our products are AMERICAN-MADE in our 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Massillon, Ohio.
- All of our products are certified by Home Innovation Research Labs to the harmonized CSA B45.5/IAPMO ANSI Z124 performance standard.
- All of our products have been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters.
So if you’re worried about safe showers, be sure to keep in mind the materials you’re using in the shower. Sure, the grab bars are a smart investment, but so is the material you choose.
Consider a solid surface material. It won’t let you down (literally).