Installation? Water supply? Weight? These are just a few elements that could cause concern ahead of investment in a freestanding tub.
Many freestanding tubs don’t have any special installation requirements. But with the likes of jetted bathtubs, for example, you may need to think a bit more carefully about the fitting. Some jetted tub models simply include pumps built into the unit. Other options feature remote-location pumps, though. These can be positioned up to five feet away from the freestanding tub. The electric timer will have to be placed at least five feet away from the tub too, to meet safety code legislation. The remote-location pumps can be cleverly concealed in a nearby bathroom vanity unit. A non-electric air switch may be attached to the tub unit.
We’ve touched on water supply briefly already. Basically, the bigger your tub, the greater impact it will have on your energy costs. But is your heating system even capable of dealing with a big freestanding tub? For a comfortable bathing experience, hot water should make up two-thirds of the tub. Make sure your water heater can cope with this in accordance with the size of your bathtub. And make sure your monthly budget is flexible enough to accommodate a larger tub. If, of course, that is your preference.
We’ll go further in depth about materials later in the piece. But the contrasting weight between different types of freestanding tubs cannot be dismissed. Cast iron bathtubs are predictably towards the higher end of the weight spectrum. They can even exceed 1,000 pounds in some instances. At the bottom end of the scales, plastic tubs weigh next to nothing. Again, your preferences will dictate. But if you plan to opt for a heavier freestanding tub, you need to make sure your floor can withstand it. Of course, the tub will be lighter when unoccupied and in the absence of water. You might need to reinforce your flooring when taking that into account. This all costs, so it could influence your decision on what type of bathtub material to select.
And make sure your freestanding tub is comfortable! We spend our time in the tub relaxing an unwinding. You simply can’t do that if you’re scrambling around for space and trying to get comfy. Try before you buy! You can visit a showroom to get a feel for what sort of tub size you require, even if you’re shopping bathtubs online. Just hop in a similar sized model to the one you have your eye on.