Things To Consider When Buying A New Bathtub
Do you plan to renovate your bathroom? One of the best investments you that you can make for your home is a bathroom renovation, where one important part would be to choose and buy a new bathtub.
A bathtub’s primary use is for relaxation, and they come in many types, so you have to know what things to consider when buying a new one. Here are factors you can take into account when you buy your new tub so you could enjoy your relaxation time.
The Space Where You Place The Bathtub
Will it be installed on the ground floor or the second floor? Be sure to measure the space where the tub will be placed, so you can choose the right shape and size for the tub to fit. Also, if you’re going to put the bathtub on the second floor, you will want to approximate the weight of the tub you’re choosing.
Do You Have Enough Hot Water To Fill Your New Tub?
When you’re going to a larger bathtub you need to consider the capacity of the tub. A 40 gallon hot water tank will not comfortably fill an 80 gallon bathtub. You may want to consider a tankless water heater.
The Tub Use
Will it be used every day or every weekend? If you’ll use it for long soaks every day, you better look for a tub that will withstand daily use. You will want to invest in a bathtub that can retain heat, has a comfortable finish, and is not slippery.
Your Budget For A Tub
Before you plunge in on a bathtub that ranks top at your budget, you should first consider the additional costs such as installation and plumbing for the tub. After factoring in these costs, you will then see how much you have left for the tub itself.
The Material Of The Tub
Bathtubs are made with different materials such as enamel, acrylic, fiberglass, and cast iron.
An enameled steel bathtub is coated with porcelain. It’s inexpensive, yet glossy and easy to clean, but it can chip more easily, can get noisy when you run water, and loses heat quickly.
An acrylic bathtub is widely available and priced mid-range but is more expensive than fiberglass. It’s lightweight, easy to clean, and holds heat well, but it isn’t rigid enough so you have to make sure it’s supported sturdily.
A fiberglass bathtub is the best choice if you’re on a budget. It’s lightweight, and easy to install. However, it does not retain heat well, and is less-wear resistant than acrylic.
A cast iron bathtub is the most durable, sturdy, shiny and expensive of all the materials. It holds heat well, and is long-lasting. It’s a great choice for ground floor installations because of its heaviness.
These are some of the things to consider when buying a new bathtub. For more information about bathtubs and their different designs, call us at 778-397-4850 or leave us a message.