Choosing The Right Bath For Your Renovation
Get the latest advice on choosing a suitable bathtub for your bathroom renovation. Learn to pick the perfect bath that fits your style and budget by reading our informative guide!
There’s nothing quite like immersing in a bathtub to relax after a gruelling day of work!
So, choosing the right tub becomes all the more important if you’re renovating your bathroom. However, there are a few things to remember for making the right decision. For instance, the size of your bath will be an essential feature to consider. If you are tall, a small bathtub will be uncomfortable to use. For this reason, choosing the right kind of bath is crucial.
That’s why we have put together a guide on choosing the right bath for your needs and budget.
Bathtubs come in different shapes and sizes and can be built from different materials. They can also be categorised based on installation, like freestanding or inset. These are important as they determine the overall comfort level for a good bath experience. So, without delay, here’s a list of things to check.
The available space in your bathroom will be crucial when you choose bathtubs. For instance, a large bath will occupy more space, which may not be suitable for smaller bathrooms. However, if you can make room by rearranging the bathroom, a larger bathtub is recommended for optimum comfort when immersing your body.
Bathtubs come in different styles; you can choose one that best fits your needs.
For instance, freestanding baths are popular as they fit into most spaces and do not need to be connected to the wall. Likewise, you can choose an angled bath with a slope to provide back support for better comfort.
Another good bath style is the whirlpool bath, which has self-contained jets. These jets can be either water or air jets, with the former allowing high-speed streams of water. This style can significantly benefit people seeking muscle pain and soreness relief.
Aside from that, you can choose a walk-in bathtub with grooves and notches to prevent slippage.
The material of the bathtub will play a crucial role in providing comfort and durability. For instance, cultured marble retains heat, so your hot water bath will stay warm. Also, you can choose copper bathtubs for durability. You can choose different materials for your bath based on the price and budget. And these are some of the most popular materials:
Fibreglass bathtubs are made of reinforced plastic sheets that are moulded into the shape of a bathtub. Although they are among the cheapest options on the market, fibreglass bathtubs can be quite durable but may chip away in case of heavy impact.
Another good material for bathtubs is ceramic tiles, which are moulded into the bathtub’s shape, depending on its style and size. However, the material can deteriorate and crumble if not regularly maintained.
Porcelain bathtubs are made of stamped steel and cast iron layered with porcelain enamel-a mixture which contains powdered glass and substrate for a durable coating. This coating of porcelain makes it non-porous and does not develop warping issues. These bathtubs are, however, delicate to heavy impact, so one needs to be more careful when using them.
Copper bathtubs are considered one of the more luxurious baths, hold heat better and are more durable than most bathtubs. Along with that, copper bathtubs also require the least maintenance as long as there is a constant water flow. However, these bathtubs are one of the more expensive ones, so you should plan your budget accordingly.
Classic cultured marble bathtubs are constructed from crushed limestone and resin. They typically have a beautiful pearlescent shine, which adds to their luxurious feel. Additionally, cultured marble retains heat well to be energy-efficient in the long run.
But much like copper bathtubs, these bathtubs tend to be more expensive and require regular maintenance. And they can lose their shine and stain if they lack proper maintenance.
Another thing to remember when you renovate your bath is the installation style. For instance, freestanding bathtubs can be installed anywhere if there is a working drain, meaning they don’t require much time or effort. However, drop-in bathtubs should be placed in an ingress or curved space and connected to the plumbing.
Now that you have all this information, choosing the right bath for your renovation will not be an issue. However, installing bathtubs can be difficult and require skilled professionals' expertise.
So, when installing one, it’s best to hire professional plumbers with the required licences and tools. DIY installation may make you break the local plumbing codes, damage the plumbing and injure yourself.
WP Plumbing has a highly trained team of plumbers who can install different types of bathtubs. Not only that, but you can also get in touch with us to choose the right one for your needs and budget.
On that note, we will wrap up this guide. See you next time!
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