Rub-a-dub-dub and a BRAND NEW TUB!
Bathtubs began as glorified horse troughs outside. Then someone got sick of schlepping outside to take a bath, and brought it in. For the next few decades the bathtub evolved into what we now call standard: an alcove bathtub / shower combo. For the last nearly 80 years, the standard workhorse of an alcove bathtub has been the tub of choice. Unfortunately mass media only shows pictures of the GIANT fancy bathtubs and we look at our lowly little tubs and feel jipped. Those big fancy tubs come with a SHCLEW of challenges that you might not think about while being hypnotized by the big fancy free standing tubs in the bathtub showrooms. Read on or check out the full article on Home Style Choices.
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Be Clear On What You Want From Your Tub (exerpt from an EXCELLENT in depth article from Home Style Choices written by http://www.home-style-choices.com/bathtub.html)
Are you looking for a simple everyday "working" bathtub that'll 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 designed (or changed) as well as how much money you'll end up spending.
Very deep soaking tubs aren't practical nor are they probably safe for washing young children. If children and more utilitarian duties aren't in the picture for your future tub, then get what you'll enjoy. Otherwise a more conventional bathtub might be in order.
What's Your Starting Point?
New construction gives you more options for choices, meaning you're not limited by existing framing and structural constraints. The same is true for remodels where the bathroom footprint is changing. That affords you the option of choosing larger tubs or whatever installation type you want.
For existing bathrooms your choices are limited by existing space and plumbing, and possibly electrical constraints (if you're thinking of whirlpool and spa tubs).
Save Or Replace?
If you're thinking of replacing a tub and have an average-sized bathroom, consider all your options carefully, particularly if you have a cast iron tub. Removing it could be difficult and more work than it really needs to be. Consider salvaging it instead, using bath re-liner services if it's really just a matter of restoring the finish and/or getting rid of the powder blue color scheme.
Comfort Should Be A Consideration
Any bathtub, whether it's a conventional one or an air bath, should be comfortable to use. Take some time to understand the ergonomics of how a tub is designed by looking at the "technical specification" on manufacturer's websites. They'll usually show the slope and other physical features in their diagrams.
You should also go as far as sitting in them in a showroom to see if it's comfortable. This is particularly true for soaker and spa tubs that you'd spend more time in than a conventional bathtub.
Make Sure The Floor Can Handle The Weight
Deep soaker tubs hold a lot of water and that puts a load on the floor beneath the tub. Make sure it has sufficient strength for the type of tub you're considering.