Homeowners who are tired of the look of their bathroom, or who want a walk-in shower instead of a shower and tub combination, are finding an economical solution from a local company.

That company also aides homeowners whose circumstances have changed and they now need an accessible tub or shower in place of the one that they have used for years.

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

Many Bath Planet products install right over outdated existing wall tile and chipped or faded tubs for maximum cost-effectiveness and minimum mess.

"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 and hot water is all that is required to effectively clean a Bath Planet acrylic shower, says Dimitris Nacopoulos, owner of the Chicagoland dealership.

Bath Planet offers replacement tubs and shower bases in a wide selection of colors, sizes and styles to add value to the bathroom within your home.

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

Nacopoulos says Bath Planet also sells 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.

And you don't have to count on workers invading your home for days or weeks. Installation can be completed in as little as just one day, he says.

Nacopoulos has been in the bathroom remodeling business for 19 years. His Bath Planet dealership is one of more than 100 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 says.

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