Bathtubs comes in various sizes, styles and types to fit every interior look and budget. These have given immense joy to bathing. For those who love to bathe in bathtubs and desire to get one installed in their house, here is some important information on the types of bathtubs.
Type of Bathtubs
A generic bathtub is white in color and can be used for everyone at home right from family members to pets. These come with a shower head above.
These are big enough to allow a full body and head immersion into a tub filled with water. It is deeper than a conventional generic bathtub and is available in various sizes, materials and shapes.
A walk-in bathtub is great for physically challenged or elderly people as it is easily reached by a level surface. You need to step over to get into it. The door of the bathtub can be closed and made water-tight with the help of a seal. You get a special button to let the water drain before you open the door.
Whirlpool and Air Tubs:
These tubs take your bathing experience to the next level with a mechanism of pulsating water det massaging. You can truly enjoy a relaxing and massaging bath experience after a day’s hard work. The whirlpool inside creates activity inside the tub, while the shooting water from the jets give your body a massage. These tubs are generally costlier and need to be expertly finished.
Different Types of Bathtub Materials:
Bathtubs are made from different materials. Each person can choose a particular material depending upon their budget, preference and bathtub maintenance requisites.
Cast Iron Tub:
A bathtub made from cast iron is indestructible and hence perfect for a family with kids and pets. The cast iron layer is further coated with a veneer porcelain enamel to give a smoother appearance. Bathtub maintenance is easy in this type using a soft sponge. You need to have a strong foundation for such tubs as they heave when filled with water.
An enamel tub is basically a steel tub coated with several layers of enamel or porcelain. These are lighter than cast iron and also take less time in installation. Enamel tubs shine with a lustre if properly cleaned. These also need to be sealed properly as they are prone to chipping and cracking. Furthermore, once the enamel chips or peels, the steel gets exposed and then it may also get rusted over time.
These tubs have a high glossy finish that feels smooth to touch and also reflects light. The gloss is also longer lasting. Such tubs may easily get scratched when compared to enamel or porcelain, but the good part is that you can easily repair these scratches to restore your tub. Acrylic tubs are durable and strong. Acrylic material is not only used extensively for its ruggedness, but also for its versatility and easier handling.
These tubs are coated with a gelcoat on top that gives them a smooth and shining appearance. Furthermore, beneath the fiberglass is a layer of reinforced polyester that gives these tubs strength. ‘Gelcoat’ material is better than enamel or acrylic because it is lighter and hence easier to maneuver and work with. It is also highly durable, flexible and strong. Gelcoat fiberglass tubs are known to retain their shine and color for years if properly cleaned and maintained. The only downside is that gelcoat material is quite porous and allows water penetration. This can lead to staining or mold formation if not maintained properly.
A composite product is created using two or more materials. It is quite strong and unique. The most common composite material is made from a combination of resin, plastic and carbon fiber. Composite tubs weigh half than cast iron ones and are quite ideal for high-rise buildings. Composite tubs are coated with enamel to give a glossy shine. You need to clean and seal these tubs regularly to avoid chipping or cracking.
Cultured Solid-Surface Tub:
A cultured solid-surface tub is made by adding stone chunks in a crushing machine along with some liquid polyester resin. This material is very strong and durable. These tubs appear similar to quartz mineral. A gelcoat layer is added on the top to produce a smooth surface. Cultured solid-surface tubs appear very luxurious and elegant. These are low-maintenance and the surface is water-resistant. The surface is also resistant to mold growth. You need to avoid using abrasive products for cleaning and maintenance as the surface may get scratched.
These are the common types of bathtubs based on the materials and styles.