Bathtubs have come a long way since the early days of bathing. Cast iron, an all-purpose material for bathroom fixtures, has been around since the late 1850s. It was first used for sinks and lavatories. Cast iron tubs were first produced in 1867 by J.L. Mott Iron Works. But cast iron’s big drawback was corrosion. Zinc and copper discolored easily around water and soap, and sheet metal’s seams were difficult to clean. Steel, meanwhile, rusted even under paint.
Today, bathtubs come in many styles and materials. They range from traditional claw-footed tubs to more modern ones. There are also options for whirlpool bathtubs, neck and arm rests, bathtubs set on platforms, and walk-in tubs. The materials used to manufacture a tub will influence the total cost.
The weight of a bathtub is an important consideration, as this will affect the ease of installation. Lighter tubs are easier to install, while heavier tubs may require extra reinforcement of the floor. It is also important to consider the cost of maintenance, replacement, and installation in the long run. Some tubs are expensive and require special tools and elbow grease to install.
Clawfoot bathtubs are a classic option for small bathroom designs. Unlike other tub materials, they are easy to maneuver and are easy to clean. However, unlike acrylic tubs, these tubs are more prone to molds, mildew, and stains.