When it comes time to choose the right bath or bathtub for your bathroom, there are many different things you should consider. Consider the space you have; what will fit and what shape will work best for you? How do you intend to use your bath; is it for long hot soaks or to bathe the kids? Once you have decided on these aspects of your bathing needs, you then need to choose the bath material that's right for you.
With plenty of different bath materials to suit all bathroom spaces, budgets, and bathroom renovation styles, we've pulled together the following guide to choosing a bath material, what to consider and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each;
- Stone Bathtub
- Acrylic Bathtub
- Cast Iron Bathtub
- Steel Bath
- Copper Bathtub
If you are planning your ultimate bathroom renovation, chances are a stone bathtub is on your wish list. But what is a stone bathtub? Our research suggests that its very difficult to find a bathtub carved out of solid stone. And probably very heavy too. But there are lots of bathtubs available on the market that are made from engineered materials that mimic the look and appeal of a natural stone bath. To achieve a stone bathtub look, the baths are made out of products like stonecast resin or stone composite.
Stonecast Resin Baths
Stonecast Resin Baths are a mixture of ground up stone and resin. For those who are looking for a stone bath but are on a tighter budget, a stonecast resin bath could be the answer for you. Manufacturers are able to mimic the look of travertine, limestone, marble and granite so these are becoming a very popular choice with bathroom renovators.
Stone Composite Baths
Stone Composite Baths baths are readily available on the market. A composite material made of crushed stone bound by a polymer resin. Made predominantly with Quartz, baths in stone composite stone feature a myriad of other materials such as limestone, marble, mother of pearl, composite baths have a beautiful natural stone look.
The advantage of buying an engineered stone bathtub, are that there is a wide range of colours to choose from, but probably more importantly than that, they are much more practical to transport and install as they are lighter weight than a solid stone bathtub.
Acrylic has become an extremely popular choice for bath materials. Its natural warmth as well as its strength make it a favourite for home renovators. Acrylic Baths are a lightweight and affordable bath option. To maintain that high sheen finish and colour, use gentle cleaning products as anything abrasive can damage your acrylic bathtub. If you are renovating your bathroom on a budget and looking for a cheap bathtub, look at acrylic tubs, you will get great value for your money. They are lightweight and stackable, which saves on transport costs, and will be reflected in the price you end up paying for your new bathtub.
Cast Iron Bathtub
Among the most expensive bath materials on the market is Enameled Cast Iron Baths. Strong and durable, these baths are created by pouring molten iron into a mould. To achieve their high-gloss finish, the surface is fired and is resistant to scratches, cracks and chips. Be aware that cast iron baths are extremely heavy, but if you’re after that timeless look, this is the bath for you. There are two other big advantages of a enamelled cast iron bathtub - the first is that they are amazing at holding the heat of the bath water, which means that you can enjoy a long luxurious soak without having to constantly top up the water to keep warm. The second advantage is that a cast iron bathtub will last a really long time, and even if they get scratched over time it is possible to have the bath re-surfaced or re-enamelled.
Extremely popular in Europe, steel enamel bathtubs are a fantastic option for bathing. Exceptionally durable, steel enamel baths are hard-wearing, scratch resistant, hygienic and easy to clean. Brands like Bette Baths and Kaldewei have steel baths finished in enamel in their ranges. A similar bath is a steel porcelain bath, stamped out of a solid piece of steel, they are then coated with porcelain to achieve that high gloss finish. Extremely hardy, steel porcelain is highly resistant to scratches, vigorous cleaning and is an affordable bath material option.
A copper bath is one of the most luxurious choices when it comes to bathing. Handcrafted in any shape, copper conducts and retains heat, making it perfect for those long, hot soaks.
Whatever your ultimate bath material choice, it's important that it suits your needs, budget and bathroom style.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products for your bathroom renovation, then be sure to check out our full range of bathroom renovation products.
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