From improving function and efficiency to making the space more appealing, a bathroom remodel can be a great project for you and your home. Updating your bathroom can also increase your home's value. Some bathroom remodels can even offer an estimated 60 percent return on investment. Making smart decisions during the design of your new bathroom is key if you want a higher ROI.
The shower may be king of the bathroom, but a good-looking, functional tub is also an important part of this space. Unfortunately, you may be surprised by all the different style, size, and materials tubs are available in. With this guide and your plumber's help, you will find the right tub for your new bathroom.
All bathtubs are not created equal. Therefore, you will need to choose which style works for your specific needs and the design and layout of your bathroom.
A drop-in tub is standard in many homes constructed today. If you have one of these tubs already, you can easily replace it with a new model because this type of tub is dropped into place without any need of walls for support.
One benefit of a drop-in tub is that there is no visible plumbing, creating a clean look that many homeowners enjoy. Drop-in style tubs are also available in different shapes. You can choose from a standard rectangular shape, an oval, or even square-shaped tub.
An alcove option is also popular in homes. This style of tub is usually installed in an alcove where it is enclosed by walls on three sides.
A freestanding tub is also an option to consider. Like the name suggests, a freestanding tub stands freely away from other structures or walls in the bathroom.
Freestanding tubs are also available in a variety of styles and shapes. The freestanding style allows the tub to sit directly on the floor without any support, which allows the tub to become a focal point in your bathroom.
Unless you are replacing your old tub with one of the same style, your plumber may need to redirect plumbing lines and drains to ensure your bathroom can accommodate your new bathtub.
If you are replacing a tub with one that is the same style and shape, you will not have to pay too much attention to its size. However, if your remodel is reconfiguring the layout of your bathroom in more detail, you do need to take the size of your new tub into consideration.
Traditional style tubs are around 60 inches long and between 30 and 32 inches wide. The depth of these standard tubs can vary from 14 to 20 inches.
If incorporating a freestanding tub into your bathroom, make sure there is enough room between the tub, shower, door, and other structures. Allow a minimum of 30 inches of walking space between the front edges of fixtures and opposite fixtures/walls/structures.
With this basic recommendation, your tub will be placed in the proper location, ensuring your new bathroom is appealing and functional.
Tubs are available in different materials, as well. Each offers its own pros and cons, but working with your plumber will help you determine which is right for you.
Fiberglass is one of the most common materials used for bathtubs because of its durability and affordable price. Constructed out of fiberglass-reinforced plastic and coated in a gel-like material, these tubs are also easy to clean.
Acrylic may also be an option to consider. Acrylic is also durable and easy to clean, but its similar look to cast iron makes acrylic a more attractive material. Even though it is prone to rust and chipping, porcelain tubs add an antiquated or vintage look to your bathroom.
For intense durability and an appealing look that will remain classic forever, choose a cast iron tub for your new bathroom.
Remodeling your bathroom can be a great investment. For more information or to get started on the remodel, contact Termine's Specialty Supply.