Relaxation is the only way to describe the affects of having the perfect bathtub.
“The latest trends in tub styles all depend on the space and size. Most consumers, if they have the space, would prefer a stand-alone tub with a separate shower for the ensuite. Otherwise, if they don’t have the space for a tub and separate shower, we often remove the tub and build a larger shower with a seat for grooming – usually for the elderly that need to sit,” says Glenn Prairie, President of Total Living Concepts in Barrie.
Choosing the right bathtub depends on your family’s needs. The main bathroom should serve as a place for everyone in the house.
“If young children are involved, then a tub and shower combo is preferable for bathing them. Tubs will come in a variety of materials. The most common is acrylic in replacements, but we have cast iron, fiberglass, and steel with an enamel coating,” informs Prairie.
The difference in bathtub material is more of a personal choice.
“Enamelled cast iron is one of the best tubs for heat retention. The colours are vibrant and fresh, and they’re comfortable. The downside to cast iron is they’re heavy and not available in a variety of styles.
It’s also difficult to repair if damaged. The cost is double or more than acrylic. Acrylic, on the other hand, is available in almost all the styles. It’s repairable, and the cost is affordable and easy to install. Enamelled Steel is available in the basic alcove styles. The cost is affordable, it’s light and easy to install, but it’s hard to repair successfully if damaged,” enlightens Prairie.
You might be tempted to just cover your existing tub to save money, but Prairie recommends you avoid this solution.
“The biggest worry for us and our consumers is, what am I covering up? When we’re replacing a bathroom in a house that’s 20-years old or older, your faucets and tub walls most likely need replacing because of water leaks that have occurred, or the styles are not in keeping with the latest styles. If, for example, you’ve had leaks, what are you covering up? Do you have mold in the walls or floor?” states Prairie.
The cons that come along with any bathroom fixture is, of course, the cleaning and maintenance of it. Prairie says a tub likely requires replacement if it’s hard to clean, chipped or damaged in some way, discoloured by water, the faucets need to be replaced, or you’re a little older and have difficulty getting in or out of the tub.
“When we design for our clients, it comes down to their needs and what would best serve them. If you plan to stay in your house, then you have to look at the long-term goals in your planning. This doesn’t matter if you’re young or old. If you’re planning to sell your house and move, and you don’t care what tub you put in, it’ll come down to cost,” says Prairie.
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