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Having a shower is the way that most of us begin our mornings, as it is the fastest way to get clean when you’re on the go. But for many people, unwinding after a long day with a book, and a warm bath offers more of an experience, especially during those long winter months. Bathtub manufacturers understand this appeal and have produced a variety of styles and features to match the design of your bathroom, and are made to suit any budget. See our Vancouver shower repair and installation services.
Do you have physical constraints that a new tub must fit within?
For example, when replacing an existing tub during a remodel the new tub must be placed were the old tub and plumbing is situated. The only time you are able to choose between any varieties of tub you want is when building a new home, a bathroom addition, or a remodel were gutting, moving existing walls and plumbing are in the plans.
Be clear on what you want from your tub. Are you looking for a simple everyday “working” bathtub that will accommodate washing the toddlers, the dog and the blinds? Or do you want your own in-home hydrotherapy spa? You can’t replace tubs easily so understanding how you’ll use it in the long term will help define how your bathroom needs to be or changed, as well as how much money you’ll end up spending.
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3-wall alcove: tub-shower combinations are one that most of us are probably familiar with and are the most common tub type. They are designed to maximize space. The unfinished ends usually get sandwiched between exterior walls, and wall-mounted shower is a typical accompaniment.
Drop-in: tubs are the tub shell only. They’re fitted inside a framed enclosure that’s finished to match bathroom cabinets or tile. An enclosure is a separate item, so budget accordingly.
Under mounts: are drop-ins destined for floor-level installation. Flooring, such as tile, covers the lip of the tub.
Corner Tubs: are variations on the alcove and drop-in designs. But have a different shape to accommodate its corner placement in a bathroom.
Soaking Tubs: Soaking tubs are typically deeper than standard general-purpose bathtubs and allow you to immerse your whole body into the water. They come in various styles and shapes and vary with the amount of water they hold. Vintage style claw-foot and freestanding tubs fall into this category.
Walk-In Bathtub: A walk-in tub provides a door that allows you to walk into the tub instead of having to climb over the edge. They’re helpful for elderly people and any person that has limited mobility.
Whirlpool: Whirlpool tubs offer a therapeutic bath by shooting water and air bubbles into the bathtub at strategic locations to give you the sensation of a massage. These kinds of tubs are more complex than other tubs because they include pumps, filters, hoses and other equipment necessary to circulate the water.
Some of the different materials include:
Fiberglass: This is a lightweight, moldable material. A fiberglass tub is the least expensive type you can buy. Unfortunately, it’s prone to scratching and doesn’t wear well, lasting about a dozen years. Fiberglass tubs coated with an acrylic finish will hold up longer.
Porcelain-Enameled Steel: This is a steel-based material covered in porcelain enamel. The result is a low-cost, smooth, glossy, and durable finish that is easy to clean.
Enamel-Coated Cast Iron: This classic material will endure as long as your house stands. Because of its heavy weight, especially when filled with water, it is not recommended for large soaking tubs.
Acrylic: This is a type of plastic featuring a high-gloss finish and excellent durability. Solid acrylic is a mid-price-range product that is more durable than fiberglass. Another plus: Scratches are less noticeable because the color is solid all the way through.
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