HOW TO DECIDE WHICH ONE AND WHAT MATERIAL

A bathtub is one of the most vital components while designing or renovating a bath. Bathtub gives a feel of luxury and elegance. A bathtub plays a major role in the oasis of relaxation and reprieve, thus requiring a very thoughtful selection.

Today we will discuss the key considerations to be taken into account for the installation and integration of a bathtub.

BATHTUB CATEGORIZATION

A tub is a large object both in terms of size and cost, so it is very important to understand your own choice.

The first step is to recognize the function and its purpose. Is it for a residential or commercial space?

Below are the 4 types of bathtubs to choose from:

Freestanding tubs

They are the focal point of the bathroom, creating an atmosphere of ultimate luxury, calmness and peace. They don’t require any deck or platform for installation or function. They are best suited for middle or large spaces.

They blend in with every design style thus creating more room for imagination.

Sunken Bathtubs

A sunken bath is dropped into the floor with the outer profile of the tub being completely hidden and only the rim being exposed. It cannot be installed in apartments but can be a great addition to ground-floor bathrooms.

Alcove Bathtubs

The most simple and common bathtub model with a combination of tub and shower. Alcove bathtubs are enclosed by 3 walls, making them a great choice for optimal space. The front side is finished using a tub apron or skirt, while the remaining sides are unfinished and attached to the wall.

Drop-In Bathtubs

Drop-in tubs are mounted on a built up structure or platform. The entire bathtub and enclosure are not attached to any wall like free-standing tubs. It can also be installed in the middle of a room making it suitable for larger bathrooms.





STYLE

Once you are through with the installation type, it’s time to explore the different styles available. While deciding the style, always keep in mind the décor and size of the bathroom. Think about the style of your bathroom – is it modern or traditional?

Claw-footed bathtubs create an ageless and classic look, perfect for traditional bathrooms.

For modern bathrooms, nothing suits more than a contemporary freestanding bathtub.

Specifically designed tubs for compact spaces are also available.

MATERIAL

While deciding the material of the bathtub, keep 3 things in mind:

  • Weight of the material and how much load the floor can withstand.
  • Easy to clean and low maintenance material.
  • Décor and style of your bathroom.

Different types of material for bathtubs are:

Acrylic

Acrylic is a solid sheet of material which is moulded in the appropriate bathtub shape creating a waterproof membrane. In bathtubs, acrylic is reinforced with fiberglass for rigidity. Maintenance is easy due to smooth, non-porous surface. The material keeps water warm longer. Also, it can withstand both extensive cleaning and frequent use.

Cast Iron

Cast iron bathtubs are strong and durable. Aesthetically they have a striking feature. However, they are extremely heavy, and require additional support in the sub-floor. 

Enameled Steel

This type of bathtub material is essentially porcelain laid on top of steel. It is durable, easy to clean and inexpensive compared to other bathtub materials.

These tubs are heavy and prone to rusting and chipping if hit. It has an extremely limited amount of designs available.

Solid-Surface

This new bathtub material is synthetic and composed of polymeric materials. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and natural colours. The material is durable and retains heat.

As compared to other materials this is quite heavy and expensive.

Ceramic Tub

They are made using ceramic tiles. This material has a variety of options for shape size and style.

Grouting in the tiles causes an irregular surface that is difficult to clean and maintain

Cultured Marble Tub

A blend of various stone particles and resin combined with an array of pigments to create realistic colours and patterns. It is moulded as per the requirement. A special transparent gel bonds the marble leaving no grouts thus making it easy to clean and low maintenance. Moreover, it is highly durable and cheap.

However, it has low resistance to heat and cracks may occur if the water gets too hot. It reacts with chemicals resulting in discoloration, so extra care is required while cleaning.  

For a more relaxing and peaceful bath experience the correct placement of a bathtub is very important.  Place it on the edge of the room for a more scenic view of the luscious greens and freshness outside or place it in the middle for a classy and extravagant look.  And what could be better than a shelf to hold your candles and champagne for an exclusive experience or a simple storage space close to the tub for your essentials.

Bathtubs with the right colour scheme and lighting not only create the aura of a spa for relaxation and serenity, but also add luxury to the space.

 With the things done right you can find just the perfect tub for you!   

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