|Types Of Bathtubs
Planning on replacing your old bathtub but cannot decide on what to get? With so many different
choices out there, it can be rather difficult to choose the right one. There are soaking tubs, built-in
tubs, free-standing tubs and special tubs as well as the different kinds in each category to choose
Soaking bathtubs are built for soaking and are built deeper than the standard tub so a person can
have the opportunity to soak up to their chin. Because of their main purpose is to be used soaking,
these tubs usually do not have jet combinations or shower attachments. There are two types to
consider when choosing a soaking tub for your bathroom; one is a Greek and the other is Roman.
Greek style tubs are an excellent choice for bathrooms with limited space because they are
shorter in length than the regular soaking tubs. Roman styles are named after the original baths
used by the Romans. These tubs are sunken and mounted on the floor; however, they are difficult
to find because very few manufactures still make them.
Built in bathtubs are the most common choice. They are built into the bathroom and
among these types include the Alcove, Drop in , Tub/Shower combinations and Corner
Alcove Tubs: Alcove tubs refer to more of the instillation that results in an alcove rather than the
tub itself. Becoming popular after the First World War, these tubs are now the most popular in the
US. The Alcove tub is enclosed on three sides mostly by wall and is only open on the front side.
Shower curtains or doors are used to enclose the open side of the tub. The drain on the tub can
either be on the right side or the left side of the tub, depending on preference and plumbing
requirements. Alcove tubs are also cheaper than other types of free standing bathtubs because
they have fewer finished surfaces. They are also great for installing rails and grab bars for those
people who need a little extra help getting in and out of the tub. Alcove tubs are also easy to
install wall surrounds, which are easy to maintain as well as act as a water tight barrier for the tub.
Drop In Tubs: In contrast to free standing tubs, a Drop In tub is dropped into place in either the
floor, the walls or a platform. These tubs can either be pedestal mounted, deck mounted or floor
mounted sunken tubs. The Drop in tubs also come in a variety of shapes to suit preferences such
as square, rectangle and oval. Other advantages include that they are easy to clean, they are
excellent for soaking and the plumbing is covered, giving the bathroom a cleaner look.
Tub and Shower Combinations: Tub and Shower Combination tubs are very popular because
they satisfy the needs of a bath and a shower in the same floor space. These units can come in
either one piece, which tend to be heavier and more polished, or they can come in sections. When
considering a Tub and Shower Combination, make sure to measure the doorways that it will have
to pass through before you do your shopping. You don't want to get it home, and find out that it
won't fit through the doorway.
Corner Tubs: Corner tubs are built to set off a room and can either be fitted in or be made to
stand alone. They are not installed with integrated showers but they have a handy ledge for
decorative items, plants and soaps. Corner tubs can also be specially designed, or a standard
drop-in tub built into an angled deck in the corner. The drains on these tuba can be on either side
or in the middle.
Unlike the built in tubs, the Free Standing tubs do not have enclosures nor are they
built into the floor. The faucets on these tubs can either be floor mounted, wall
mounted or mounted on the side of the bathtub itself. The two popular styles of
freestanding bathtubs are the pedestal and the claw foot
Pedestal: Pedestal tubs sit on a wooden oval base while the tub itself is oval shaped with a
straight front and a sloped back. The tub itself can be made from either steel with a porcelain
coating, the classic cast iron, or with more modern materials such as acrylic. With no carpentry or
masonry required, these tubs are also easier to install as well as easier to repair and maintain due
to it's exposed pipes. Faucets on the pedestal tubs are installed in either the floor or the wall;
allowing the water to be filled to a deeper level.
Claw foot: Claw foot tubs give off a hint on nostalgia with their very presence as well as offering
the most in comfort and pure relaxation. The two styles of claw foot tubs that are found are the
European, which features wall-mounted faucets and hardware, and the American, which has tub
mounted faucets. Drain holes and overflow features are also featured in both styles of tubs. Claw
foot tubs can be manufactured in different colors and come in different lengths, from 4 feet to 5
1/2 feet, to accommodate different preferences.
Other tubs offer a variety of special features to accommodate specific needs. these
tubs include ADA,which are designed for the elderly and handicapped, the Whirlpool,
with it's added jets for extra comfort and pleasure, and Aqua massage tubs, with holes
in the bottom, and sometimes the sides, so air bubbles can be released into the hot
water of the tub.
It is well known that the bathtub is one of the most indispensable parts of the bathroom. Besides
it's many uses such as bathing people and pets, it is also known to be used for various other things
such as washing some musical instruments, clothes and cleaning large objects. It is also used as a
quick escape from a hectic day with soothing, hot bath.
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