Bathtubs: Everything You Want To Know

There are many different bathtubs such as: 

  • Freestanding tub  
  • Drop in tub 
  • Three-wall alcove tub 
  • Corner tub 
  • Undermount tub 
  • Claw foot tub 
  • Hot tub 
  • Japanese tub  

Three-wall alcove tub 

Pros  

  • Easy to clean and maintain 
  • Practical and functional  
  • Can be decorated  
  • Affordable  

Cons 

  • Generic in feel  
  • Must be placed between two walls  

Freestanding tub 

Pros 

  • Adds to house value  
  • Visual impact 
  • Can be situated anywhere in the room 
  • Versatile look 

Cons 

  • No storage areas  
  • Expensive  
  • Extremely heavyweight  

Drop in tub 

Pros 

  • High end, luxurious feel 
  • No slip, grip handles  

Cons  

  • Difficult to install and remove. 

Corner tubs 

Pros 

  • Maximum versatility  
  • Makes use of corner space 
  • Can be glasses enclosed or open style  

Cons 

  • Tub accessibility is limited  
  • Can only be in the corner of the room 

Clawfoot tub 

Pros  

  • Adds immediate vintage charm and period detail to a bathroom 
  • Easy to install 
  • Space beneath 

Cons  

  • Lack of storage 

Undermount tub  

Pros 

  • Easy to clean 
  • Durable and sturdy 
  • High end, luxurious feel  

Cons 

  • Tub cannot simply be removed without destroying the surrounding decking. 

Hot tubs 

Pros 

  • Deep soaking relaxation 
  • Hydrotherapy for those with achy joints and arthritis 

Cons 

  • Expensive  

Japanese tub  

Pros  

  • Amazing design  
  • Adds house value  
  • Artistic presentation  
  • Offers deep soaking  

Cons 

  • No storage  
  • Expensive  

Questions that are frequently asked about bathtubs 

What materials are bathtubs made from? 

Often bathtubs are made out of porcelain which are usually steel based. But bathtubs can be made from marble, acrylic and fiberglass. However, historically bathtubs have been made from wood, copper and iron. 

Can bathtubs be repaired? 

It is possible to make repairs on a variety of tubs. These include porcelain tubs and those made from marble, acrylic and fiberglass. Small chips and scratches can often be repaired making this more of an economical option than replacing the entire tub. 

How long do bathtubs last? 

It depends on the tub material and how well it has been made. You can find original bathtubs in old houses that are in fantastic condition at 100 years old. 

What are the most popular bathtubs? 

  • Freestanding tub 
  • Drop in tub 
  • Three-wall alcove tubs 

Can bathtubs be recycled? 

A bathtub is not easily recycled. Cast iron tubs may be of interest to some metal scrap yards or foundries. Steel is one of the most recycled materials. However, it takes some work to remove the enamel finish which may not be worth the effort for some recyclers. It may be better to repurpose your bathtub instead of recycle, for example: 

  • Feeding and drinking troughs for animal farms 
  • Container for garden 
  • Backyard pool for pets  
  • Party bucket for beverages and ice. 

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