Types of Bathtubs
One major decision in a bathroom remodeling project is whether to keep or replace your existing bathtub. There is a wide assortment of bathtubs that can enhance the appearance and functionality of your bathroom if you decide to replace the fixture.
It is important to evaluate several models and styles. This will enable you to select a tub that fits your physical and hygiene requirements as well as your new décor.
Also known as claw-foot tubs, freestanding bathtubs have been used for over a century. Originally made from cast iron, they required the installation of extra floor support. This is no longer necessary because modern versions of this tub are made from lighter weight materials.
Recessed, or alcove, bathtubs are the traditional model found in most modern homes. The bathtub is surrounded on three sides by the bathroom walls. In some instances, one of the walls may be the side of a separate shower stall. They are typically made from enamel-covered steel or acrylic. These standard bathroom fixtures are available a wide variety of colors and shapes.
While bathtubs are usually installed above the surface of the floor, drop-in bathtubs are mounted flush with the surface. You can construct a deck to accommodate the tub. In some cases, the tub is actually installed below the level of the bathroom floor.
Specialty Bathtubs and Accessories
The design layout of your bathroom may require the installation of a corner bathtub. These triangular-shaped units make optimum use of the limited space in a small bathroom.
A walk-in model tub is ideal for the elderly, people who use wheelchairs and individuals who have difficulty stepping over the sidewall of a bathtub. The tub features a side-entry door that completely seals when closed. This prevents water from leaking from the compartment. These units are deep and may also have built-in seats.
For a spa-like experience, you should consider adding water jets to your bathtub. You can turn the bathtub into a whirlpool by turning the jets on and off as you desire. Traditional, side-entry and drop-in model bathtubs can accommodate whirlpool jets.
If a traditional model doesn’t fit your décor, you can order a specialty designer bathtub. The units are made from wood, stone or glass. Although there are some basis models readily available, most of these bathtubs are usually custom made.
A soaking tub is deeper than the standard bathtub. This enables bathers to submerge up to their necks while reclining. Due to the added weight of the water, the bathroom floor must be reinforced. Soaking tubs are available in freestanding, recessed or drop-in models.
Decide On Your Bathtub Before You Start Remodeling
It is important to select your new bathtub early in the remodeling process. The size and type of bathtub will determine whether you need to hire a plumber to relocate water service and drain lines.One final consideration is your bathtub faucet and handles. Ensure that the fixtures that you select match your décor.
When chosen properly, a new bathtub can provide a lifetime of comfort and relaxation. DirectBuy has a beautiful selection of bathtubs to fit any bathroom design. Visit www.directhomediscount.com to find out how you can find home improvement products at dealer pricing.