What Is a Tub Threshold?
Before we tackle tub thresholds, let’s take a moment to define the tricky term in this title: threshold. Generally speaking, a threshold is the bottom sill of a doorway—the lipped thing you step over when entering and exiting through a door. In medieval times, when threshing (hay and straw) was used to cover the floors of homes, a strip of wood or stone was placed at the foot of the doorway to “hold” the “threshing” inside—preventing it from being tracked outdoors as people came and went. And that’s where the term “threshold” comes from! History aside, what is a tub threshold?
A tub threshold prevents water from leaking out onto the bathroom floor. You can think of the wall of a bathtub as a threshold—a very high threshold. So high, in fact, that many homeowners find it difficult to step over while getting in and out of the tub. That’s why, over time, manufacturers began engineering walk-in tubs, which have doors for easier access. It’s also why low-threshold and no-threshold showers have become more popular bathroom fixtures in more recent years. Let’s take a closer look at this ingenious bathroom remodeling product:
Low-threshold showers have a raised strip of tile, marble, or other material that acts as a lip to prevent water from leaking out while still being pretty easy to step across. However, for some homeowners, even this low-profile threshold presents too much of a barrier. For instance, those who use wheelchairs to get around may prefer the easy access of a shower that is completely devoid of a threshold and allows them to simply roll in and out. Because no-threshold showers, or curbless showers, lack this lipped edge, their bases are usually pitched toward the drain to prevent water from collecting near the entrance.
BathWraps Bathtub Replacements
If your bathtub’s threshold is not holding up, turn to BathWraps for a custom bathtub replacement. In as little as one day, your local BathWraps installer can improve the overall aesthetic appeal and functionality of your bathroom with a luxury tub and wall surround. All of our bathtub replacements can be personalized with your choice of colors (including white, beige, or gray) and bathroom safety accessories (such as grab bars and built-in shelving). What’s more, our tub wall surrounds are available in a wide variety of simulated tile and stone patterns—helping you achieve that truly luxurious look for your bathroom. While your new tub is sure to exceed your aesthetic goals, the benefits don’t stop there. All of our products are:
- Crafted from durable, non-porous acrylic
- Equipped with antimicrobial protection
- Designed to never crack or fade
- Easy to maintain
High-Quality Bathroom Remodeling Products
In addition to bathtub replacements, BathWraps offers a wide selection of low- and no-threshold showers. If you’d like to have a new bathtub or shower installed, click here to locate a BathWraps dealer in your area.