Great New Features for Tubs and Showers
With all of today's great benefits and features available, you can turn the ordinary tub or shower into a mini paradise that accurately reflects your personal taste and style. With a little creativity and little planning, transforming that old bathroom into the room of your dreams is easier than ever. Below are some great ideas that can help you get started and launch your new bathroom renovation today.
First Things First
Before you move forward it's important to do your homework. What this means in the world of bathroom remodeling is making sure that your current plumbing setup can accomodate your grand ideas. The first step you can take is hire a plumbing specialist to come out and do some specs and take measurements. A technician will inspect your pipes and make any adjustments need to be made. You may need to prepare for anything from small small repairs all the way up to a full system replacement. All of this will depend on the age and condition of your plumbing.
Something else to think about is the current dimension and size of your pipes including the fixtures, drains and even the pipes themselves. Other considerations will include redesigning the shower area or replacing the tub itself. Although paradise is just a construction project away, having all the facts and knowing what you're actually getting into will mean the difference between a successful renovation and a complete disaster.
The Right Tub For You
Choosing the right tub ultimately depends on what look you're going for and how you want to feel when you get in. It will also depend on how much room you have for the new installation. Ask yourself the following questions: How often will you be using your tub and for what reasons? What design or style perfectly matches the overall room environment? What colors, tones, or patterns do your prefer? With that in mind, here are some great options:
- Acrylic: Acrylic is one of the most affordable options on the market today. It's extremely lightweight and reinforced with a tough fiberglass surface then custom-formed into a mold for the desired area. It is chip and crack resistant, and is easy to maintain and keep up.
- Cast iron: Enamel-coated cast iron gives you a class, traditional appeal that homeowners love. Cast iron may be the most durable material in the industry. The need for any maintenance is very minimal. The only downside to a cast iron tub is that it's extremely heavy and additional support on the floor may be needed.
- Cultured marble: A moderately affordable choice, cultured marble is made from condensed limestone and polyester then given a gel-coat finish that gives it an attractive edge over other types of tubs. But be careful in choosing these types of tubs, because they will scratch. It's not an ideal choice for children and pets. But despite their delicacy, marble tubs are very popular.
- Gel-coated fiberglass: Gel coated fiberglass is extremely lightweight, very affordable, and easy to mold. They can work in any environment regardless of your style. Although they are also susceptible to scratching, they surprisingly hold up rather well.