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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2012

what is the best bathtub

We are redoing our upstarirs bathroon, tearing everything out. We want a tub, not a soround.

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There are many manufacturers that make a good quality tub. If your framing can support the weight a cast iron tub is the most durable. They are very heavy though, roughly 350+ pounds for the tub itself plus water weight plus the occupant. You need framing that can support at least 1000 pounds of weight in 15 sq. feet or less. If you are in a tract built home with a fiberglass or plastic tub the framing may have to be beefed up to support the weight. You can also get some good acrylic tubs that are much lighter weight but are not generally as desirable. The best way to have any tub installed is on a morter bed. That eliminates the squeaks and hollow sound under the tub when someone is using it.

After the tub is installed you can have a variety of tile options installed as a surround rather than plastic or fiberglass. While everything is removed it is a cheap enough investment to replace the faucet with a new one so you have many more years of trouble free use. I've seen remodels where the old faucets were left in only to become problematic a few years later and require costly replacement. Do it now and save a few dollars in the long run.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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