|ANAHEIM, CA -- The need for multi-piece (sectional) baths and showers is increasing in both commercial and residential building due, in part, to a growing design trend known as "aging in place" or "universal design." As the significant demographic group of baby boomers continue to grow older, they want the option to remain in their homes safely and independently. The aging demographic is also influencing the demand for commercial facilities that can better accommodate their needs. Recognizing these design trends, Lasco Bathware is expanding its line of ADA-complaint products with new sectional showers that provide building contractors with simple solutions for new construction and renovation projects. Preview the new line at the International Builders' Show in Orlando, January 11-14, booth W1083.
As the largest manufacturer of bath fixtures in the nation, Lasco has offered one-piece, prefabricated ADA-compliant showers and baths for decades. With the growing need for accessible, multi-piece models, Lasco's new sectional showers will provide a viable alternative in both new construction and remodel applications.
"Typically one-piece, pre-fabricated showers must be installed before room framing is complete in new home construction, which makes fixtures more susceptible to job site damage due to prolonged exposure," says Gil Allen, national sales manager for Lasco Bathware's FreedomLine products. "With a four-piece model, the contractor is able to install the product closer to the finishing stage. It's also easier to install since the sections are lighter weight and less bulky than a one-piece model."
Lasco's sectional fixtures also benefit wholesaler distributors. Since they are more compact, they are easier to store and take up less warehouse space.
Constructed of reinforced fiberglass gelcoat, Lasco's new sectional showers feature grab bars, a fold-up seat, a hand-held showerhead, a pressure-balancing valve and a low threshold for ease of entry. A three-foot and a five-foot ADA-compliant four-piece sectional shower will be on display at the show. The new product line also includes an extra spacious shower that is nearly a foot deeper than standard showers to provide more room for special care needs.
"ADA requires fixtures to have a wider opening than what you'll find in a typical residential bath," explains Allen. "Our showers are designed for commercial bathroom renovations that must comply with ADA standards, but can also be used in new home construction or for a room addition in a house remodel. Designers just need accommodate for the larger opening."
Lasco will introduce a separate line of sectional, barrier-free showers this spring for replacing traditional residential bath fixtures.
In addition to the new multi-piece showers, Lasco will be featuring its two product brands: Builder's Choice and Contours. Builder's Choice has been Lasco's mainstay for more than 50 years, offering a core line of bath and shower products for production builders. To complement the high-end designer market, Lasco has recently introduced its luxury brand Contours. The brand includes the new Radius Series, a contemporary line of baths and showers, as well as the popular Air Bubbler Series and the highly equipped Masterpiece Collection.
Lasco Bathware, a Tomkins Industries company, supplies one-fourth of all bath fixtures sold annually in the United States. Offering the largest selection of soaking tubs, whirlpools, showers and tub/showers, Lasco creates bathing experiences that inspire "Good Clean Fun." Customers can choose from luxury to affordable design styles with solutions to meet all their bath and shower needs. For more information about Lasco Bathware, visit www.lascobathware.com
This eUpdate posting by: Steve Joyce, Editor