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10 Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Tub in 2024

Here are a few things to consider before purchasing a new tub, mainly its size, weight, and the available space in your home:

1. Tub Shape

The shape of the tub will determine where it will ultimately fit in your home. A drop-in tub, for example, is usually circular or oval in shape, allowing it to be installed in a pre-designated recess. A soaking tub is circular or round, and most modern freestanding tubs are a mixture of round and rectangular designs. If you don’t account for the shape of your tub, you may easily find yourself in a cramped bathroom.  

2. Tub Size

Similar to your tub’s shape, is the size of your tub. Generally, larger tubs should fit large bathrooms, and small tubs are for small bathrooms. However, certain designs such as corner tubs give you more freedom in placing your bathtub without losing too much space. This is the advantage of a freestanding tub as it 

3. Weight

To account for your weight, you will need to know how much your tub weighs when it is full, as some tub materials are heavier than others. If you don’t account for the weight of your tub you may have some structural damage as a result, as your floor can’t handle your bathtub. Before you install your tub, it’s a good idea to inspect your flooring for any signs of damage, repair and reinforce it for the future. 

4. Current Trends

Always be on the lookout for current trends while you are shopping for your new tub. This will allow you to see what bathtubs are trending so you have a good idea of what may be popular/more expensive at the moment. This can result in you getting a bathtub for a reduced price as it may not be as popular as another type or model. 

5. Tub Material

A critical factor in selecting your new tub should be the material it’s made of. A bathtub’s material will determine it’s weight, cost, and overall durability for the future. Selecting a higher-quality material now will drastically reduce utility and maintenance costs in the future, but the decision is up to you. Cheaper materials will begin to break down over time and require more frequent repairs, but it’s a tradeoff from a low initial cost. 

6. Available Space

Consider your available space carefully. Be sure to measure provide an accurate measurement of your available square footage. This will allow you to plan in advance and select the appropriate size bathtub for your home. Available space will also prevent you from overspending and buying a bathtub that is entirely too big for your space. 

7. Finishing Materials (protecting existing sealing)

Depending on the material you have selected for your tub, you will need to incorporate finishing materials that can help you protect your bathtub from any unwanted elements. This will include sealing epoxies, liners, and glaze. If you are unsure of what to use, consult an expert on your material choice and how to maintain it. 

8. Additional Storage

Consider how much available space you have and what storage options will be available to you. Before installing your tub, consider recessed shelving or hidden shelving with your bathtub so you have more space. Or, you can install a larger lip along the side of your tub to catch excess spillover and to store bath items. 

9. Ease of Plumbing Access

Consider where your plumbing access and exit points are. If you install your bathtub in a difficult location, it can be quite costly to consistently remove and replace your plumbing just for a simple repair. If there are no easy points of access, hire a plumber to install one close to your bathtub to save you from future headaches. 

10. Ease of use/Accessibility

It is key that your bathtub be readily accessible, especially for those with movement difficulty or disabilities. Consider adding handrails or steps near your bathtub for easy access and safety. Consider non-slip areas for your bathtub to make bathing easier as well.  

What to avoid when purchasing a new tub

When purchasing a new tub, here are some common mistakes to avoid:

Improper Spacing

This will result from the wrong size of tub you have selected. To prevent this, always measure in advance and keep in mind the height, length and width of your space. Bathtubs can be quite large, so it’s important to have precise measurements before you attempt an install.  

Poor Style

While this problem is less likely nowadays, it’s key that you ensure that your bathtub selection matches your designated space. Many bathtubs today can pair well with any space, but you must ensure that you have decorated it to accommodate your new tub. No one likes a mismatched bathroom. 

Difficult to Clean

Always ensure that when you install your bathtub, you can easily access the important elements of your tub. If it is difficult to clean or you have obstructions, this can lead to more annoying issues such as mold or contaminant build-up. 

Not Considering Weight

Ignoring the weight of your bathtub can be disastrous as some floors can grow unstable, leading to flooding and heavy damage. To prevent an unfortunate accident, you must check the condition of the floor and supporting structure before installing a new tub to ensure integrity. 

Ignoring Drain and Plumbing

Although it is often overlooked, do not ignore your drain and plumbing as you need to know where your water is going. Ensure that your bathtub can easily be connected to the drain and associated plumbing and in the event of a leak, it can be repaired without issue. However, if you install your tub without keeping these elements in mind, you will have to deal with the damage cost as a plumber tears through your home to find the source of the issue. 

Buying a new bathtub provides a chance for creativity and transforming your bathroom space. Just keep these aspects in mind to guarantee proper maintenance, safety, and maximum comfort. 

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