Pros & Cons of Different Bathtub Installations

During a bathroom remodel, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the right bathtub. The experience of unwinding and relaxing in a warm bath is very rewarding after a long and stressful day. However, bathtubs are not interchangeable. You need to choose the right bathtub for your needs. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Aiken, one of the top bath remodelers in our area, talks about the pros and cons of different kinds of bathtubs.

Bathtub Types

  • Corner Bathtubs – Corner tubs take up space and they take a long time to fill up. However, they are the best choice if you want to have a spa-like experience in your home. A corner tub also frees up the center of your bathroom, which can give you extra room.

  • Drop-In Bathtubs – A drop-in bathtub is unique. It requires you to hire a carpenter to build a peninsular or deck that juts into the room. The bathtub is then installed on the deck. This design requires more floor space than an alcove bathtub.

  • Alcove Bathtub – This is the most common kind of bathtub installation and it is also the most affordable. Alcove bathtubs fit in a three-walled enclosure and have the smallest footprint. Unfortunately, this also means that alcove bathtubs are small.

  • Free-Standing Bathtub – Free-standing bathtubs are unconnected to any walls or surfaces. This bathtub type is best used for larger bathrooms since it requires space around the tub. Free-standing bathtubs provide freedom of movement and freedom of space for bathers.

Tips for Choosing a Bathtub

You’ll need to consider several factors before choosing a bathtub. First, think about how you plan to use your new tub. Then you’ll need to figure out how much space you can give up in your bathroom and determine if there are any special installation conditions to be aware of. Lastly, you need to find out if your water heater can handle the bathtub’s water volume and if your floors can support the weight of the tub.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Aiken can provide you with more bathroom remodel ideas during our consultations. We have many years of experience and we’ll use this experience to help you design the perfect bathroom for your needs. Call us at (803) 335-1758 to schedule a consultation.

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