Deciding to install a bathtub requires certain considerations. Whether you’re looking to replace your old tub or shopping for your first one, it’s wise to be prepared and well-informed about the choices available to you. Today’s post from EZ Baths aims to inform you about what to consider when choosing a bathtub for your bathroom remodel.
Before you start taking measurements and ripping out floor tiles, try to determine how you plan to use your tub. ‘Often’ is a perfectly acceptable answer, but dig deeper and ask yourself whether you’d be okay with a standard, unadorned bathtub or if you prefer a more elaborate setup. Note that more tub modifications mean a higher bill.
Another thing to keep in mind is your bathroom space. Gauge whether it’s big enough to accommodate your preferred tub. To make accurate measurements, enlist the help of any of the bathroom remodeling contractors in the area.
There’s a wide selection of bathtub types on the market today. What you choose will depend on your needs, preferences and bathroom limitations. The most common type is the alcove or recessed tub which is installed adjacent to three walls. Freestanding tubs can be a good alternative if you’re not a fan of the confined atmosphere of alcove tubs. Soaking bathtubs offer deeper dimensions to maximize the relaxation factor, while whirlpool bathtubs offer a spa-like experience.
The material you choose will affect the comfort level, appearance and cost of your bathtub. Plastic tubs offer versatility when it comes to design and shape since they can be molded easily. Plastic tubs insulate well, are lightweight and don’t chip easily. Consider an acrylic bathtub replacement if you’d like to reap the aforementioned benefits.
Enameled steel tubs are a viable option for the budget-conscious. However, these types of bathtubs cool water quickly, are twice as heavy as plastic tubs, and tend to chip easily. Cast-iron tubs fare better at keeping your bath water warm. However, you may want to stick to first floor installations as cast-iron tubs can weigh up to 500 pounds.
Knowing the types and materials allow you to make better decisions regarding your bathtub installation. Count on EZ Baths to cover all the bases of your bathtub project, from consultation to the actual installation. Call us today at (510) 473-8350. We serve Hayward, CA, and other areas in California.