Tub conversions are popular, especially with seniors

Homeowners who are tired of the look of their bathroom or who need an accessible tub or shower to replace one they have used for years are finding an economical solution from a local company.

Bath Planet of Chicagoland, based in Streamwood, offers stylish, cost-effective, low-maintenance acrylic bath improvements that are also made locally - in Libertyville.

Bath Planet's replacement tubs and shower bases come in a wide selection of colors, sizes and styles to add value to the bathroom within your home. Bath Planet also has a full line of accessibility products and aging-in-place bath systems to ensure independent living for as long as possible. Roll-in showers, walk-in tubs, soaking tubs and even jetted tubs are all available.

"Our products have been huge for elderly and disabled people, in particular, because research has shown that 80% of sicknesses are transferred in conventional tile bathrooms and that doesn't happen as readily in nonporous acrylic environments," said Tim Niesen, sales manager at Bath Planet.

Many Bath Planet products install right over the existing ugly wall tile and chipped or faded tub or shower for maximum cost-effectiveness and minimal mess. When a tub is being replaced with a walk-in shower, the tub is cut into two or three pieces and hauled away before the new shower base is installed, followed by the wall pieces. Sometimes the existing wall tile is thoroughly cleaned and then left in place, but covered, Niesen said.

"Our guys are factory-trained so they are literally 'masters of the shower area' because that is all we do. Repetition pays off," Niesen explained. "They tarp off their entire path to the bathroom, and the bathroom itself, so that all of the debris and garbage leaves with them. Ninety-nine percent of the time the job is done in one day and we leave the house as clean as it was when we got there."

Bath Planet's products feature the elegant look of ceramic tile, granite or marble - in a wide variety of colors and finishes - but without the grout and irritating maintenance because the liners are made of a nonporous, easy-to-clean material. Add to that the array of finishing touches that are available, such as shower caddies, soap dishes, grab bars, curved shower rods and a selection of shower doors, and homeowners can easily create a complete, unique bathroom that meets their particular circumstances.

"Our exclusive product line, ranging from spa showers to walk-in tubs, is constructed out of the toughest acrylic, specially designed to withstand the wear and tear of daily bathroom use," the Bath Planet website states. "The acrylic is custom-fitted to your existing bathroom and installed with triple-seal technology. Not only will your new bathtub or shower be stunning, but it will also fit seamlessly into your current design and protect your home from harmful water damage."

In addition, all of that tough cleaning of grout, using harsh chemicals, will be a distant memory. A little vinegar or dish soap and hot water is all that is required to effectively clean a nonporous Bath Planet acrylic shower, Niesen said.

Dimitris Nacopoulos, owner of the Chicagoland dealership, has been in the bathroom remodeling business for 21 years. His Bath Planet dealership is one of 122 dealerships around the country and his territory extends from Rockford to Lake Michigan and from the Indiana border to southern Wisconsin.

"What sets us apart is the fact that we offer great service, competitive pricing, the most color and design options in the business, the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and a lifetime warranty," Nacopoulos said.

"And if you sell your home within the first two years after a Bath Planet tub or shower has been installed, the lifetime warranty can be transferred to the new owners," Niesen added.

For more information, call (877) 705-7177.

Bath Planet workers replace a bathtub with a new walk-in shower at a Hanover Park home earlier this year. Daily Herald photo by Karyn Kraske
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