Choosing the Best Bathtub

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • A new bathtub is very important especially when you are doing a major bathroom renovation.
  • If you want a tub that is budget-friendly, then you should buy a porcelain and steel tub since they are cheap and they can last for a decade.
  • Acrylic bathtubs are also very reliable, but they can have thins spots especially if they were not properly manufactured.
  • Cast iron tubs are very expensive, but they are durable, and they also have superior heat retention.

There are a lot of options available for those who are shopping for a new bathtub for their home.

Getting a new bathtub is actually a very good way to upgrade the aesthetics of the bathroom. As a matter of fact, a lot of experts say that getting a new bathtub should be part of any major renovation for the bathroom. With all the different types of bathtubs available, it might be wise for you to find the right one by factoring the price, the durability of the bathtub, and by finding out if it can be customized for your specific needs.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular bathtubs available so you will be able to choose the right one for your own bathroom:

Steel and porcelain tubs

Porcelain on steel bathtubs are also known as POS. They are the cheapest bathtubs as they typically cost around $400. This type of tub is easy to install, it is stamped out of steel and coated with porcelain to help make the tub resistant to abrasion. This also makes the tub easy to clean. POS tubs however, do not last long as you will have to replace it once every decade.

Fiberglass bathtubs

Fiberglass is another practical option for those who are on a budget. This type can cost around $500, and they are also known as FRP. They are made by spraying polyester resin into a mold, this will then harden into a scratch-resistant coating that is also quite durable.

In order to make this type of bathtub, interwoven glass strings are heated so that it can be spread over a mold. It is then allowed to dry so that it can be popped out of the mold and shipped. FRP’s are very light, but their color will fade over time.

Acrylic tubs

Acrylic is a step up from fiberglass tubs when it comes to cost. This tub can cost around $1,500 as it is made from a large piece of acrylic that is heated and placed over a mold. The acrylic is then vacuumed into the mold, reinforced with fiberglass, then removed.

Acrylic bathtubs are very easy to clean, they are scratch resistant, and very durable. There are tubs however, that might have thin spots because they were not manufactured properly.

Cast iron bathtubs

This type is actually the most expensive one. It can cost around $2,000 and they are also quite heavy. If you want to buy this type of tub, you should consider having a professional do the installation for you. This tub is made from molten iron that has been poured into a mold. It is basically impervious to chemicals, scratches, and dents.

The tub can be built into a bathroom wall, and there are also standalone models that have claw feet with porcelain finish. This tub is known for superior heat retention, reduced vibration, and low noise. And because of its durability, most of its manufacturers will give you a lifetime guarantee for as long as you own the unit. Cast iron tubs however, are more than five feet long and you can do very little to the tub when it comes to customization.

Americast bathtubs

If you want an alternative to cast iron, you can opt for the Americast tub made by the American Standard. This tub is not as heavy as cast iron, but it is actually as durable and thick. It also has superior heat retention. Americast bathtubs comes in three models: the Stratford whirlpool which costs $1,000, the Princeton with all its luxury features costs $700, and the Cambridge, the standard 5-foot model which costs $500.

Since there are a lot of tubs available in the market today, this allows you to have the option to choose the one that suits your needs best. You can choose one that fits your budget, one that is durable, or one that can be customized to your specifications. Just make sure that you know exactly how much you are willing to spend, and if you are going to install it on your own or with the help of a professional.

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