The best decision for your bathroom – great features of an alcove bathtub
Since you are likely going to be using your bathtub every day, it is important that you choose a good one. Most people choose alcove bathtub over others out there because of the following reasons:
- A sleek design that improves the look of every bathroom;
- Takes close to no space;
- Is easy to install and fit;
- Can be upgraded with accessories;
- Cost less than regular bathtubs
What you should know about an alcove tub
As you probably know, the bathtub is an old invention that dates back to ancient Rome. It was gradually modernized as time went by. In the 1900s, companies like Kohler pioneered the modernization and upgrade of this bathtub. Their goal was to make it suit people with small bathrooms.
The modern alcove bathtub is a far cry from what it used to be back in the days. It is now endowed with a lot of amazing features. Even more, it is now easier to install and customize. In fact, there are some models that are fitted with powered jets among others.
Beyond space saving and a variety of new features, the alcove bathtub also offers a better bathing and soaking experience. Since it can accommodate more water, it can give you a deeper soak when bathing with oil.
Tips on installation of an alcove bathtub
Installing an alcove bathtub isn’t as complicated or difficult as you may think. All you got to do is to follow the step by step instructions that come with it.
- Measure the area where you want to install your bathtub, carefully roll the bathtub into the space you have prepared for it and measure it with a ledger board.
- Measure the height of the tub and measure that exact same distance just below the reference line of each stud.
- Use deck screws to fasten some 2x4s to the studs.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to set up and assemble the shoe fitting that sits below the waste pipe and the bathtub.
- Apply 2-3 inch of mortar, move the bathtub into place and secure the flanges with nails.
If you lack the skill or expertise to install it on your own, then employ the services of a trained professional.
Features to consider while buying the best alcove bathtub
As you probably know, there are different types of alcove bathtubs on the market with wonderful designs and amazing features. Before you head to the local bath store in your area or buy the first one that catches your attention online, there are some important features you first need to consider. Considering these features will put you in a better position to find a bathtub that will suit your needs perfectly
Before buying any bathtub, it is important that you consider the size of your bathroom and the area where you are going fit it in. If you have a large and spacious bathroom, then you should buy the longest bathtub you can find. This will ensure that no matter who lives in your house at any given time, you will be able to offer them a bath they can comfortably fit in and use.
On the other hand, if your bathroom is small and cramp, then you should opt for smaller model bathtubs that will fit into it well.
Another thing you should consider is who is going to be using it. If you are going to be using it to bathe your kids, for instance then smaller bathtubs will be a good choice. However, if you tend to relax and stretch in it, then you should find a tub that allows you to do so.
Do you know that the material your bathtub is made from can make or break your soaking experience? Granted, there are materials that are easy to clean and have a long lifespan, but that doesn’t mean they will be good for you. It is best you look for a soaking tub that is made from any of the following materials;
- Cast Iron – if you are looking for something strong and rugged, then you should get a tub made from cast iron.
- Solid Surface – with these types of bathtubs, you will be getting somewhere between binding agents and natural minerals. Solid surface bathtubs are scratch and stain resistant and can be easily repaired through polishing.
- Acrylic – if you want a lightweight and solid material, then you consider acrylic. One notable thing about acrylic bathtubs is that they are scratch resistant and can easily be buffed if they happen to get damaged. On of the best examples of acrylic bathtubs would be the KOHLER K-1118-RA-0 Expanse with a sleek design and glossy finish.
Another important thing you should consider before buying a tub is its water and person capacity. Some tubs are designed to comfortably accommodate two bathers at once. If you are single or you live on your own, a single capacity bathtub will be good for you.
When it comes to water capacity, you definitely need to make sure that the bathtub you want to purchase can accommodate enough water to cover your entire body.
If your bathroom is spacious, then you should choose a tub that you can comfortably relax in. For an alcove bathtub, you should be looking at a minimum depth of 15″. When you buy a deep tub, you can be sure that water will cover most of your body when bathing. If you are looking for a deep bathtub, then the PROFLO PFS6042LSKWH will be good for you.
That been said, before buying a deep tub, it is important that you consider the people that are going to be using it. For example, if the person who is going to be using the tub has some physical limitations, then a very deep tub will not be a good option.
The alcove bathtubs that are reviewed in this guide have anti-slip surfaces, like in Toto FBY1515RPNo.01 and Kaldewei Cayono. This will make it impossible for you to slip or fall when getting in or out of it.
Is it easy to install?
While you have the option of installing your alcove bathtub on your own, it is wise that you employ the service of a professional crew. However, if you want to install it on your own, you have to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter
The bottom surfaces of the tubs reviewed in this guide are comfortable to sit and relax on. Even more, they have slip resistant bottoms. This means that you won’t slip and fall when you stand on them.
The drain system of a bathtub is something most buyers overlook or pay little or no attention to. Most of them later regret not paying attention to it. The drain location of a bathtub can give you insight as to whether it is designed for one or two persons. Most times, bathtubs that have its drain at the middle can accommodate two people.
A warranty on large purchases is always very important. An alcove bathtub can be fairly expensive, and a warranty will help protect your investment. As you probably know warranties can vary from product to product. The Kaldewei Cayono, for example, has a 30-year warranty period.
Keep in mind that customer service goes hand in hand with the warranty. So if the customer service has negative reviews and the warranty is for a short period, it will be wise you leave that product for one that has a better customer support and warranty coverage.