We all want a good deal anytime we make a purchase, and many will go to great lengths to get one. When done responsibly, this can be a great way to save money and build your financial profile over the years – but some people take this theme too far, sacrificing quality in their purchases to such a degree that they actually end up costing themselves more money in the long run.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we’re here to help warn you against these risks if you’re considering a walk-in bathtub for yourself, a senior loved one with movement issues, or anyone else for that matter. Our tubs are affordably priced based on the market, but still contain high-quality materials that will last for many years and provide a combination of comfort and convenience to the user. While sourcing a less expensive tub is obviously a priority for many, there comes a point where the cheap materials you’ll find will actually end up costing you significantly more long-term, and that’s without including the hassle and future headaches that often crop up. Here are several possible issues that can arise from purchasing cheaply-made walk-in tubs.
The most common concern here is components or parts that simply do not stand the test of time. You aren’t purchasing a walk-in tub for it to work for a couple years and then break down constantly, but this is often what happens with these cheaper models.
One of the components that tends to fail most often in these lower-quality tubs is the air compressor. After enough moderate usage, cheap air pumps stop working for many reasons, often without warning.
Another area that will often see major issues crop up much sooner than they ever should: The door and its sealing system, which is meant to keep water from leaking and creating both damage and a potentially unsafe environment. Cheaper tub manufacturers often skimp out on seal systems, which are some of the costlier elements of a given tub.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, our doors are made of stainless steel on their frames. This product not only lasts for many years, but also doesn’t undergo any structural warping the way certain acrylic or fiberglass doors may. This warping is often one of the primary causes of door-related leakage.
Once the issues above or others start taking place, how will you manage them? Many of these same companies will have terrible or nonexistent warranty programs, meaning you’ll be on the hook for most of these repairs. And even if that’s okay with you, many of these brands are not highly reputable, and finding the proper replacement parts will be a costly headache.
For more on why buying the cheapest possible walk-in tub will likely actually cost you money down the line, or to learn about any of our portable handicap bathtub options, speak to the staff at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.