A generation or two ago, those looking at bathtub options for their home would have been limited to bulky, clawfoot tub formats that are tough to move and may require certain placement for plumbing or connections. Modern technology has brought us several advances, though, and one such advance is the stand-alone bathtub.
At Tubzz, we’re proud to offer a huge variety of these tubs, also known as freestanding tubs. These options allow you to place the bathtub in any part of the room a you choose, with simple installation and numerous styles available. This two-part blog will dig into several tips and areas you need to know about when it comes to freestanding tubs – from their general benefits to the styles and materials available, plus the tips we can offer on installing and maintaining these options.
Some of the big positive options that freestanding tub manufacturers offer include each of the following areas:
- Non-slip surfaces for safety and comfort
- Sculptural profiles, with both symmetrical and asymmetrical tub shapes
- Backs with great lumbar support
- Various color formats on both the interior and exterior of the tub
Freestanding Tub Styles
Generally speaking, you can find freestanding tubs in three shapes: Rectangular, round and oval-shaped. Other customized options are certainly possible as well, however. In many cases, manufacturers will create additional fixtures that all match a given tub style, including sink fixtures and even toilets.
Here are the common styles offered in freestanding tubs:
- Floor-set: These are tubs that sit directly on the floor, with a skirt that conceals the base from any leakage. These are usually available in all three shape profiles.
- Soaking tub: This is an option with high sides, allowing for full submersion in water. These tubs tend to have smaller circumferences so you aren’t wasting a ton of water.
- Slipper: These are classic tubs shaped like a slipper, with one side higher than the other for reclining purposes. Some options have equally-high options at either side.
- Footed: This is the modern name for the old clawfoot tub, but with some new innovations available. These may include customized finishes, new paint colors, and modern water-filling methods.
You also have several material options available for freestanding tubs:
- Acrylic: The most common material today is acrylic, a type of plastic that’s lightweight and has a deep-color finish. Acrylic resists scratching and also allows water to maintain heat levels extremely well, plus can be formed to any kind of customized fit needed. In most cases, fiberglass will be used to reinforce the acrylic and prevent chipping.
- Metal: For soaking tubs and perhaps a few others, copper or stainless steel materials are available.
- Enameled cast iron: This is a classic material with a glossy finish. It maintains heat better than copper or steel but worse than acrylic, and is best used on ground floors due to the weight.
For more on the options and benefits associated with freestanding tubs, or to learn about any of our bathtub options, speak to the staff at Tubzz today.