With so many showrooms and so many more bathroom products. Knowing the difference between the various types can start to get a little confusing.
Over the next few weeks we’re going to provide you with a brief guide to the various different types of product that are available.
This post will cover the subject of baths. Baths come in various different finishes, sizes and shapes and to suit any budget.
Baths are mainly manufactured from the following materials: –
Acrylic, Cast Iron, Steel & Stone Resin.
Acrylic Baths have excellent thermal properties and retain heat. They are light weight yet very sturdy due to the base board and fibreglass backing. If they become chipped or scratched they can be filled and repaired with the use of easy to use DIY kits. The holes can also be drilled on site.
Cast Iron Baths
Cast Iron Baths are timeless and extremely durable although they are extremely heavy. Tap Holes will need to have been pre-drilled during the manufacturing process. They can also be difficult to get into a property due to their weight.
Steel baths are affordable and can give you the same look as a cast iron bath. They are a lot more light weight although they do chip easily.
Stone Resin Baths can be quite expensive but are a real luxurious bath. They retain the heat really well and work as a great centrepiece for a contemporary or traditional bathroom.
Although baths can be custom made to any size the most common over the counter sizes available are: –
1500mm, 1600mm, 1700mm, 1800mm, 1900mm
700mm, 750mm 800mm, 850mm, 900mm.
1. Single Ended Bath
This is the most common style of bath with the tap holes at one end and a single slope at the back. A lot of single ended baths come with the additional option of hand grips to make it a little easier to get in and out.
2. Double Ended Bath
The double ended bath has the waste and taps in the centre giving you the option of sitting at either end of the bath. They tend to be in larger sizes than a single ended bath allowing room for two.
3. Shower Bath / P Shaped Bath
The shower bath also known as the P Shaped Bath is great if you want the best of both worlds with a shower and a bath but haven’t got the space. These baths are wider at one end to create a roomy showering area. They come in both curved and square options.
The corner bath comes in a wide variety of sizes and helps to utilise the space in a room without taking up too much wall space. You tend not to find too many corner baths on display in bathroom showrooms as they are a very bespoke solution. They tend to appeal to people who are limited on wall space or people looking for a large bath.
5. Whirlpool Baths
The whirlpool bath is a luxurious option for people wanting to turn there bathroom into that sanctuary to get away from the stresses of life. Most acrylic baths can have a whirlpool kit added as long as it is carried out by a specialist company. Various options are now available such as lights, music and a custom number of jets. They do however require regular maintenance to stop the build up of bacteria in the pipework.
6. Freestanding Baths
The free-standing bath is a great centre piece for any modern bathroom. It is also a must have for anyone looking for a traditional style bathroom. They are really spacious and with so many different variations around there is a free-standing bath to suit everybody’s needs.
7. Walk in Baths
Walk in baths are ideal for the disabled and elderly, with a door on the side making it easy to get in and out of the bath. The only down side to the walk in bath is that some you have to wait in them until they fill and drain.