Deciding On A New Tub Is A Big Decision
To avoid making the wrong choices when you are purchasing a bathtub, there are a lot of important factors you need to account for. This kind of purchase may appear like a no brainer but there are plenty of things that you should consider before shelling out the money for a new tub or installation.
To Soak Or Not To Soak
You initially must decide whether you really need a bathtub in your home. Showers usually get the daily workout compared to your tub’s occasional use. If you think hot soaks helps relieve your stress levels, or you have young kids, then getting a tub is likely the best solution for your needs. But if you and your family aren’t really a big fan of tubs, it’s pretty easy to get along without it, especially if you have limited space.
Just like the world of real estate, location is very important when it comes to bathtub installations. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, you can save a ton of money on your plumbing costs by leaving the tub and other fixtures in their original location. Once you’ve decided on a location for the tub or shower, this will tell which styles you can choose from.
Kinds of bathtubs
• A three wall alcove or perhaps a recessed tub is among the most popular styles these days. These bathtubs usually have walls on 3 sides, and only one side of the bathtub is usually finished. If you want the tub to double as a shower, then its walls need to be waterproofed.
• A corner tub is triangle in shape and has one side finished because the other two are in the walls. The visible wall may be curved outward and sometimes has a sitting area on it. This type of tub is often bigger than recessed or 3 walled tubs. So, if you’re looking for more room to stretch out, this is the ticket.
• A drop-in tub is usually supported on all the sides with a frame. It can be up on a platform or set below floor level. Most drop-in tubs are made from lightweight acrylic and can be larger and deeper than tubs made from heavier materials. These tubs often include some luxury options like molded-in seats for a more comfortable and pleasurable bathing experience.
• Freestanding tubs often rest on the floor or sometimes on feet, like the famous claw foot tubs. These tubs tend to be the focal point for bathrooms and can make impactful design statements. They are often made of heavier materials and can be hooked up to the plumbing in a couple of ways. Custom designs often hook to water and drains from below and have built in faucets. Otherwise an overhead fixture is the best way to get this tub filled.
A Material Mindset
Bathtubs come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and materials such as acrylic, glass, metal, stone, cast iron or porcelain. If you want to achieve sheer beauty, it would be hard to beat copper. Of course, you can always go natural with a beautiful granite tub. However, both of those options can get quite expensive…the Papillon tub made of Cumulo Granite weighs 2200 lbs and costs about $23k, so budget appropriately.
Deciding how big your tub should be is one of the most important decisions in this process. It should be something that fits everyone in your household and meets all your family’s needs. Do you intend to bathe with kids? Do you like to stretch out? Does someone have mobility issues? These are some of the questions you’ll want to answer when deciding on the size of your new tub. If you have elderly family members or regular house guests, it’s a good idea to get a tub that is approved by the ADA. These tubs usually have grab rails, nonslip bottoms and are usually bigger than the standard tubs.
If a new tub or shower isn’t part of your bathroom remodeling project, then it’s a good idea to consider restoring your existing installation. Shower and tub restoration is a more affordable and less intrusive option when a full remodel just isn’t in the cards. Want more info on Groutsmith’s restoration process and costs? Contact us today and schedule a free in-home consultation and demonstration.