Bathtubs have been around a long time. Romans loved to soak in tubs. No they were not the modern tubs of today but they still did the trick.
Choosing the right bathtub for you and your family may be a difficult decision for you. No matter what type, style or color all bathtubs will do the same thing–get you clean. So if you are one of those types that do not care so much about the looks and color, go with the best you can afford. A simple design, run-of-the-mill style will be satisfactory.
If looks and style are important to you than the challenge becomes a little trickier. Your best bet is to decide what style and atmosphere you are wanting to create and go from there. Do you want an antique look or do you prefer a romantic look? Exotic or relaxing? Pin down the look you want.
Bathtubs come in different materials. The four most common materials you will find are cast iron, steel, acrylic and fiberglass. There are downsides and upsides to all four choices.
Cast iron is very heavy. You will need to make sure your floor can support such a heavy weight. Cast iron tubs are covered in porcelain and are very attractive and very durable. They are also very easy to clean, but if the porcelain becomes chipped your bathtub will start to rust.
Steel tubs are also covered with porcelain and has a very similar look to a cast-iron tub. Steel tubs are lighter, though. As with the cast iron, they may also rust if the finish becomes chipped.
Acrylic and fiberglass tubs are alot lighter than the previous two. Both have a glossy finish which is very attractive. They are not as durable and may be easily scratched. Acrylic tubs are a better choice is you have children. Fiberglass tubs are easily broken if hit unappropriately.
Now that you know the difference of just a few materials available to you it is time to choose a style.
Many styles are available so it depends on what you want out of your bathtub. Modern tubs are usually cheaper and can be very attractive is you have a very modern setting in your home. Look for an alcove or corner-style tub to create this look.
If you want an antique or traditional look you should choose a pedestal or a clawfoot-style tub. These have an old-time feel and will look great in an old-fashioned, restored home.
If you are seeking a romantic or a relaxing escape look into a soaking bathtub. Soaking tubs are deeper and sometimes larger than the other types of tubs. There is a whole range of styles often more exotic looking than the traditional tubs.
Is your head swimming yet? Choosing the right tub can be daunting. Make sure you do your homework. Be open-minded and purchase something that will give you many years of relaxation and enjoyment. Who doesn’t like a nice soak in the tub?