Tubs range in style from functional standard
tubs to elegant whirlpools. Personal preference
plays a primary role in selection, but you
should look for other qualities, too.
The most common materials for tubs are enameled
cast iron, enameled steel, fiberglass, and
acrylic. Cast iron tubs are the strongest
but may require extra floor reinforcement
because of their weight. Steel is less expensive,
may chip, and is noisy when running water
on it. Acrylic and fiberglass tubs are lighter
and less expensive but less durable, too.
Styles, Size, & Shape
Choose a tub style that fits your bathroom.
Among your choices: a "3 wall"
tub that only has one side (the room walls
form the other three), a "drop in"
that has no sides, and freestanding "clawfoot"
or "pedestal" tub. There are also
walk in bathtubs designed for the elderly and others that
have difficulty stepping into a conventional
Tubs have standardized sizes and shapes but
are available in some custom sizes. In addition
to the traditional size (5' and 6' length)
and shape, there are oversized tubs, and
round, triangular, and oval tubs. Also, there
are modular tub/shower/wall units.
Color and Design
It's almost not worth mentioning color and
design since there is such a wide variation
intended to blend with various decors. Our
only advice here is to pick a color and design
that matches your toilet and sink.
If you are planning to replace an existing
tub, you might want to consider bathtub reglazing, a process that gives you a new looking
bathtub without the expense or
ripping out the old tub and installing