Is it time to replace your old bathtub? Perhaps you’re in the middle of a bathroom makeover or remodel. For many of us, we prefer a shower over a bath. Our busy lifestyles make showers a convenient choice. Whatever the case there are a few things to keep in mind when making that bathtub purchase.
Do You Take A Showers Or A Baths?
The first question you need to ask yourself is will you be taking a bath? Many of us just don’t take baths any longer. If you do take baths, you’re going to want a bathtub that will fit your body size. Unlike other bathroom fixtures that offer many choices, bathtubs typically come in two sizes 60 inches long by 30 inches wide and 60 inches long by 32 inches wide. Although, there are exceptions two these dimensions such as rectangular shaped tubs and stand-alone tubs. You can also order your bathtub in custom sizes, but for now, will address standard sizes. It’s critical to make sure your new tub fits the dimensions of the space.
What type of bathtub do you want for your bathroom?
Porcelain-enameled steel – This type of tub is prevalent in our homes today and affordable. The bathtubs are made from a thin sheet of steel finished with a coat of enamel. Their durable and their gloss last for many years. The downside is there heavier and is at risk of chipping.
Fiberglass reinforced polyester – Typically the least expensive bathtub material. Its made from formed layers of fiberglass coated with Gelcoat resin. The product is low cost, lightweight, with easy installation. The drawbacks are they are prone to cracking, fading, and scratching.
Acrylic tubs – The tubs are vacuum formed reinforced with fiberglass sheets. These tubs allow for more shapes, sizes, and colors. They have the same advantages and disadvantages as fiberglass.
Cast Iron – Without question the most durable tub. Molded into the desired shape by pouring molten iron into a mold. Then the bathtub is shaped by covering it with a thick coat of enamel. Resistant to scratching, denting, and chipping. Additionally, water tends to keep warmer longer. The disadvantages are how heavy they are, and they may need to be reinforced when installed. The installation will cost more because of their weight. Typically they will be the most expensive bathtubs on the market.
Hire Bathtub Installation Expert
Then you’ll need to address your bathtub installation. Installing a bathtub isn’t one of those do-it-yourself type jobs. It’s best to have your plumbing contractor install your bathtub. Big B’s plumbing has the bathtub installation expert that right for you. If you live in Riverside, San Diego, or the greater Inland Empire, we have you covered.