Is A Freestanding Bathtub Right For You?

Bathroom Reconstruction: Is A Freestanding Tub Right For You?

For some people, one of the main features of bathroom reconstruction is installing a new bathtub. However, one choice that some consider is a “clawfoot” bathtub or other types of freestanding tub. A freestanding tub, with its unique charm, is not built into anything and is usually exposed from all four sides, sitting on the floor. The “clawfoot” is a popular, more old-fashioned version of the freestanding tub. It is often a popular choice for people who want a more rustic or retro look to their bathroom, adding a touch of nostalgia and elegance.

However, there are some things homeowners should be aware of if they’re considering a freestanding tub.

Weight

One crucial aspect to consider is the weight of freestanding bathtubs. These tubs are extremely heavy, so if you’re planning to install one in a second-floor bathroom, it’s essential to ensure the tub will be within the tolerance limits for the floor in that part of the home. This becomes even more significant when you consider the weight increases with the addition of water and then a person. Careful consideration is required for this factor.

A floor not rated for the weight may be damaged. A floor that has rotting beams and supports may not be able to support the tub over the long term. Some bathtubs have fallen through floors from time to time.

Cleaning

Another significant factor to consider is that freestanding tubs, especially the clawfoot variety, require higher maintenance in terms of cleaning. Any tub with legs that lift it off the ground will have water spill over and either fall or run the side of the tub and pool underneath.

With normal, built-in bathtubs, the only cleaning concern is the tiles on the walls around the tub, if any. Freestanding bathtubs accumulate moisture, dirt, mold, and mildew under the tub and around the legs.

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