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Bathroom Tubs

When one thinks of pampering and forgetting the day’s
stresses, the bathroom often comes to mind for one reason: a hot bath.
Depending on the model you choose, a bathtub can blend in seamlessly with the
rest of your bathroom or stand out as the eye-piece of the room. When planning
your bathroom remodel, the first step is realizing the number of options you
can play with. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, contact a certified
bathroom remodeler to get a free installation
estimate
.

Freestanding tubs do just that: they stand alone. For this
reason, they are often the centerpiece of the bathroom. There are various types
of freestanding tubs. The following are popular examples:

  • Cast iron. These heavy tubs are more expensive to purchase new. So much so that it is trendy these days to restore original cast iron tubs to their original, sparkling condition.
  • Clawfoot. Clawfoot tubs have legs and feet and can be old-fashioned or modern. European clawfoot tubs don’t have faucet drilling for deeper water levels. They have holes for overflow and draining. American clawfoot tubs have holes for faucet drilling, overflow, and draining.
  • Pedestal. Oval pedestal tubs rest on oval bases rather than legs. Like European clawfoot tubs, they have no faucet drilling for a deeper soak. Instead, faucets can be mounted to the floor or wall.
  • Leg tubs. These standalone tubs rest on various selections of wood or metal stands.

An alternative to the freestanding tub is the built-in
model. This consists of a ready-made bathtub that is ready to install. Built-in
tubs consist of alcove
tubs
,
the most popular type of tub in the U.S., tub and shower combinations, drop-in
tubs, or corner tubs.

Soaking
tubs

are growing in popularity along with the preference for a spa experience close
to home. These models consist of deeper tubs that hold more water. They often
fit more than one person comfortably and can be built with or without a
whirlpool system.

Speaking of whirlpool systems, bathtubs can be built with a
system that forces air and water through four to eight large jets. The pressure
and flow of these jets can usually be adjusted to control the massage effect.

When one thinks of pampering and forgetting the day’s stresses, the bathroom often comes to mind for one reason: a hot bath. Depending on the model you choose, a bathtub can blend in seamlessly with the rest of your bathroom or stand out as the focal piece of the room. Here is some more information to help you decide what would work best in your space.

Costs

Bathtubs can vary significantly in price based on the style, manufacturer and size. A standard tub can cost between $200 and $600, but a tub that comes with extras like jets can be as much as $3,000. If you plan on removing an old tub and replacing it with a new one, that could cost an additional $1,500-$5,000. For more cost info, get in touch with a professional by clicking here.

Pros

Built-in tubs, on the other hand, save space.

Freestanding tubs can create an artful, stunning focal point in any bathroom.

Freestanding tubs offer flexibility of design.

Cons

Built-in tubs don’t come in as many interesting styles as freestanding tubs.

Freestanding tubs tend to be more expensive than built-in tubs.

Freestanding tubs take up more room and are more awkward to place than built-in tubs.

Durability

The durability of your tub depends on a few key factors: the style, manufacturer, and what the tub is made from. For instance, acrylic tubs tend to be more durable than fiberglass, while cast iron tubs are more durable than both. However, with the proper care and maintenance, most tubs should last for years to come.

Maintenance

The maintenance required also depends on what the tub is made out of. However, most tubs can be cleaned with nonabrasive household cleaners, a soft sponge and warm water. More extensive maintenance is required of tubs with jets.

Common Questions and Answers

What styles of freestanding tubs are available?

There are a variety of freestanding tub styles. Here are just a few:

  • Cast iron—These heavy tubs are more expensive to purchase new. So much so that it is trendy these days to restore original cast iron tubs to their original spa

What are the different built-in models available?

Built-in tubs consist of alcove tubs, the most popular type of tub in the U.S., as well as tub and shower combinations, drop-in tubs, or corner tubs.

History

While it’s clear that bathing took awhile to catch on in the Western world, there is evidence that the first bathtubs can be traced all the way back to the 3rd century B.C. The most ancient baths were dug up by archeologists at Cronos’s palace on the Isle of Crete.

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