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The pros and cons of freestanding baths

Baths come in two general categories: built-in and freestanding. Freestanding baths are becoming popular. Homeowners should check to see whether the advantages outweigh any drawbacks before having one installed in the bathroom.

The pros

Design
Freestanding bathtubs are distinct. These large bath tubs create a superb design statement when included in the bathroom. In some cases, the tubs can become the actual focal point of the space. Traditionally, these types of bathtubs are identified with a single design: a large deep tub with claw feet, reminiscent of old Victorian baths and showers. Over time, an increasing number of models and designs have been made available on the market to accommodate different types of users. Different shapes and sizes There are classic and modern baths in a wide array of shapes, lengths, depths and materials. Visit the nearest bath store to find shallow tubs for children or deeper tubs for more relaxing and luxurious baths. There are roll tops, oval, square shaped tubs and more. Made up of a variety of materials Baths are made from a variety of materials including stone, cast iron, wood and acrylic. Matching plumbing fixtures such as taps, showerheads and enclosures can be purchased and installed to create a consistent theme for the space. Renew the look of a bathroom Having a freestanding tub installed in the bathroom is a quick way to renew the look of the bathroom. It can also be used as an asset. If the homeowner decides to sell the house in the future, the freestanding tub can help increase the value of the home and make it more enticing for buyers.

The cons

They require space The size is both a feature which makes the tub look great as a focal point in the bathroom but also worth thinking carefully. Freestanding tubs are large and require adequate amount of space all around. Difficult when it comes to cleaning It should not be placed in a corner as it would make cleaning and maintenance difficult. Expensive Purchasing and installation of both the tub and fixtures are more expensive as compared to built-in types.
The plumbing is a delicate task when it comes to freestanding baths There is an increased chance of seeing the plumbing. Designers and plumbers need to be more careful in concealing the plumbing involved. Weight Another consideration is the weight. Freestanding tubs are heavier. Homeowners, designers and plumbers will need to consider whether the floor will be able to support the weight of the tub.

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