Basics
Nearly all homes contain at least one bathtub, even if they have a separate whirlpool. Some homes have
several.

Unfortunately, Bathtubs often casually added to blueprints without considering the home owner's needs
and desires. This is unfortunate because there are a multitude of options from which to choose. A little
thought and planning can make a big difference in the owner's enjoyment of his bathing experience.

Besides the soothing effects on the body, a tub is indispensable for soaking and cleaning large objects.
It's also good for cleaning pets. And some people prefer still water to whirlpools or they find them to be an
unnecessary expense, especially for second or third baths.

As household fixtures go, bathtubs tend to rank among the most durable. Most stay in place for over 50
years.

Tubs are usually installed in the first stages of home construction, before the walls and floor are finished.
If you are replacing an older tub, however, one should try to replace it with a model of similar size so that it
will fit through the doorways of the house. They come in a variety of sizes from 4½ ft to 6 ft or more in
length.

Function
Comfort. When selecting a bathtub for personal use, the most important consideration is comfort. Tubs
are being designed in every conceivable size and shape, of a variety of materials, and with a number of
comfort features. The best way to choose one is to think about how it will be used, and then to go to the
showroom and sit in a few models to find out what feels comfortable.

One person or two? Many free-spirited or romantic couples enjoy soaking together; and these people
should choose a two-person tub. Others prefer to soak in solitude and quietly read a book or listen to
music. In those cases, a one-person tub is the best choice. All types of tubs are available in various sizes.

Ergonomics
A petite individual would be uncomfortable in a deep tub meant for total submersion. Such a person may
prefer a shallower; ergonomic designed tub with built-in armrests and a contoured back support system.

A large person, on the other hand, needs extra width, and taller individuals often prefer a deeper model
so that they can immerse themselves without contorting their bodies.

While a standard tub is only 14" to 17" deep, a European style is 18" deep, and a Japanese or Greek tub
is 22" deep or more.

Therapeutics
For those with a stressful lifestyle, soaking in a hot bath brings many health benefits. It lowers blood
pressure, and by simulating weightlessness, reduces the workload on the heart. At the same time it
relaxes muscles, temporarily relieving pain from physical exertion.

To treat lower limbs, a standard tub is satisfactory, but for soothing back pain or to treat other ailments,
the body should be completely immersed, which requires a deeper model. Many extra deep models are
available having contoured backs with built-in lumbar back support.

Types
Tubs not only come in a multitude of sizes, colors and styles, but in a variety of materials as well. The
choice and combination depends upon individual needs and tastes, as well as architectural limitations.

With dozens of manufacturers offering myriad shapes and sizes in a variety of materials and with
numerous options, a visit to a bathtub showroom can be a bewildering experience.

Bathtubs are made from Porcelain on Steel, Acrylic, Fiberglass/Gelcoat, Composite, Cast Iron, and
Cultured Marble.

Styles
The most popular tub type today is still the basic, 5 ft. wall- to- wall built-in model in white or biscuit.
Millions of these units are sold every year. There is very style little difference between any of these
models. Some are porcelain on steel; some are acrylic; some are cast iron. There are differences in
quality and price, but not a great deal in style.

Claw-foot bathtubs are still being sold if you prefer an antique look. Actually, the quality and finish on
these units today is as fine as any available. Many people still prefer this style of bathing. Some
manufacturers have updated the design to appear quite modern.
In addition, Bathtubs are available in the following styles: Built-In, Freestanding, Soaking, Whirlpool, and
Specialty

Materials
Tubs not only come in a multitude of sizes, colors and styles, but in a variety of materials as well. The
choice and combination depends upon individual needs and tastes, as well as architectural limitations.
With dozens of manufacturers offering myriad shapes and sizes in a variety of materials and with
numerous options, a visit to a bathtub showroom can be a bewildering experience.

All materials used in bathroom fixtures and tubs can be damaged by abuse. No material is impervious to
everything. Knowing the properties of available materials can help you choose the right tub.


Special Needs?
Elderly or incapacitated people often find bathtubs difficult to maneuver. There are models available that
are AD compliant, enable easier access and egress. Many people are installing these models in their
home in anticipation of possible future needs.
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