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Alright. So first thing that we're going to do is we're going to break this down into a couple different categories. It's going to help us go through and understand more about bathtub kits and what you can do with them and what they're used for. We are going to talk about what it is, difference in styles, glass or cure in and which one is better. We are also going to talk about handicap accessible, issues with bathing tubs and waterproofing and lastly, its accessories.
Now that you have that quick list of contents, that's kind of what you're going to go through. So we're going with number one and we're going to dig more into what is a bathtub kit?
- What is it?
Okay, first of all we need to know what is a bathtub? Very simple question. Everybody should easily be able to understand. However, I just want to start with the basics, you never know. So a bathing tub is going to be a fiberglass base that runs roughly two feet or higher, many sizes can vary. It will have a shower head, not always. They call those a combination, so we need to kind of clear that up between a tub/shower combination and just a tub. So ideally a bathing tub is a stand-alone fiberglass...you know, in one of your bedrooms that you've probably seen. However, there are some more luxurious bathing tubs that are more porcelain or made of steel, or you can even go as far as making it out of gold or precious metals and it's just a one stand-alone tub as you see in the picture below, with a single faucet that pours water into the tub. Now you have that idea of a single tub porcelain, gold, steel, could be fiberglass, can be made out of anything. Stand-alone, no shower head. It's purely just a tub that you fill up and you can soak in there and do your daily routine.
A tub/shower combination is a little more normal, especially into today's building. It's typically going to be in a 3x5. A 3 foot by 5 foot area is typically the size of a tub that will have a shower head and shower valve and most of the time they're going to be a fully fiberglass install kit (you can say) that is all fiberglass, has a shower head, a shower valve so you can turn the water on and turn the water off; and that is kind of a shower/tub combination. You can fill up the water because it has a spout and you can plug the drain so you can fill it up through running water through the shower head or you can fill it up through running water through the tub faucet. Those are the two different types of kits and tubs in general and so what we're really going to be talking about here is going to be a little bit of both. When we get down further to number five, we're going to be talking about the waterproofing and there we're going to kind of separate and look at the different ways, the different kinds of bathing tubs whether it's a tub/shower combination or just a tub in a stand-alone wet room. We're going to talk about that and the waterproofing and the benefits and issues and things of both.
Let's move on to the next section.
- Difference in styles
This again goes back to either a tub/shower combination or just a stand-alone tub. So we're going to kind of explore further into these and the different styles and things that you can use that I alluded in number one. We're going to explore these further.
First, we're going to talk about a tub/shower combination, mainly because I think more readers will relate to this and this is more of a remodeling job that we handle is converting a tub/shower combination into just a shower. We'll get into that in another article, but I just wanted to make you aware. So sticking with the tub/shower combination, there are a few different things again like I said I alluded in the first section there, and there's going to be fiberglass. So the whole contraption's going to be fiber glass. You're going to have your fiber glass bathing tub and then your walls are going to be fiber glass as well that will have some shelves and different things to put shampoos and soaps, razors and things like that on. And the other style that we're going to dig into is tile - tile surrounds. So you're still going to have your basic fiber glass bathing tub with walls that are fully tiled, okay?
The first main difference here in the two is the style quality. What does it actually look like? One is a little bit more luxurious than the other. So when you're going for more of a higher-end, maybe you're looking to sell your home or you have apartment complexes that you're trying to rent out, having a more luxurious look is going to help you sell that bathroom better. So a tiled tub surround is going to be more ideal than just a full fiberglass surround. However, this does get in a little bit to the pricing differences. Just a full fiberglass surround for a bathing tub is going to be a lot cheaper than tile for all three walls. Again, it's going to be your value versus reward with whatever you're looking to do with that room.
Tile is the first section and having the surround waterproofing being tile is again going to look better than just your fiber glass panels. Alright, so now you kind of know a little bit more luxuriously - tiles are going to look better than the fiberglass, okay? So the second option is still the fiberglass and there are plenty of other fiberglass options out there that will look more stylish, more high quality and can get close to a tiled look, however the quality is still going to feel fiberglass. It's still going to have a reduced quality than what tile can provide. So just want to keep that in mind. The price range is going to be better, however the quality and the lifetime value is not necessarily going to be better than using tile. Now, there is a third option here and by any means I am not covering all aspects because in construction we've got kind of a philosophy is really you're only limited by your imagination. Most people can make whatever you need or want or can think up, but you're just limited to what you can think up. So another that happens -- you'll see this more in hotels or condos and things like that - you're going to see a wall that's going to be a solid sheet of you can say, marble. But it's going to be a man-made marble. Marble is not the ideal for wet areas because it's very, very porous. However you'll have those solid walls that have a very nice stone look that can get you really close to what a fully tiled bathtub surrounds looks like.
You can also get that in a little bit more of the fiber glass, so the price range is going to vary in this little third category here, with you can go for a fully stone wall which just in the shipping and everything and the manufacturing to create such a large sheet is going to cost very, very, very high dollar...However, you can go through a more man-made, less of a luxurious material - like a fiberglass panel that can be fully smooth, and you will reduce the cost significantly. However when people touch and feel and they're actually in the shower it will feel cheaper than the other higher quality options; the other higher quality options that are out there.
- Glass or cure in, which one's better?
We're going to get into glass vs. cure in and what are the benefits of each. First of all, what am I actually talking about? Well, bathing tubs you'll see if you've traveled much - hotels will have different styles. There are bathing tubs that you need to step into that have a fully glass top section there. So where the fiberglass stops, it then has glass that go up higher - probably about six and a half or seven feet - that kind of creates a new dynamic to the tub. Now this is really only done with a tub/shower combination when it's attached to a wall, when you're within a wall, because you have something to anchor off of.
Glass is always going to have a higher price point. It's going to cost more. However it is going to bring in a full, new dynamic to the bathroom and the tub and increase the quality overall. Now a shower curtain, some of us have seen. Now it may be more of a foreign way of doing things but having a stand-alone tub that has a pipe that's sticking straight out of the floor that has a shower head on it, so you can say that it is almost a tub/shower combination and the only way that they have the ability to keep water within the tub is to put a circular ring around the top of the bathing tub and have a shower curtain that goes all the way around that and connects that will keep water in. So there is that option. Also, with a regular tub that you probably have where you have three walls/two walls attached to your tub, you're probably going to have one bar across the top that you can slide the curtain over, okay? So why would you look at the benefits or even the differences between the two? Well, again it comes down to what is your end goal for this bathroom? You really need to think about what is the end goal and the reason or why am I even looking into this kind of thing? Well, it's going to be because you're either looking to sell the house, you want a better feel for yourself in a house because this is your dream home and you're building what you want and you need to attain a certain level of quality because that's what you feel that you need. So certain aspects are going to bring back different feelings. So having a shower curtain may take you more back to a home, more country living lifestyle where it might be more -- where it might remind you more of your childhood and growing up, depending on the shower curtain. Whereas a glass may meet more of a modern desire, a modern look, a modern feel, or even a more luxurious feel.
In my expert opinion, if you're going for those kinds of feelings - you're looking for the modern, the luxury - first of all I wouldn't necessarily go with a fiberglass tub/shower combination at all. I would do fully a stand-alone barrier free shower and a stand-alone tub, but we will be talking about that in a different article.
- Handicap accessible
Fourth - let's move into the fourth section here and it's going to be handicap accessibility. So under this section here, I think we all have seen those late-night As-Seen-On-TV ads where the older generation is using a bathing tub that has a door on it that you can get in and out of. That is a very well an option, and in a senior living facility it's going to be a fiberglass type material. The bathibg tub surround again could be more fiberglass or it could be a tiled or a solid stone slab and those kind of things, so it's going to depend on the value that owner and builder wants to create for that area. But for handicap accessibility, you are limited to what you can do with a it. Most of them are going to have -- the tubs that you would be interested in, are going to have those doors that require you to get in so you can walk in and out and what will happen over time is those aren't necessarily going to be the best for long term, because they wear down very easily and they start leaking fairly recent. In the next section we'll talk more about waterproofing and I'll bring this up a little bit, there is an option - to have a handicap accessible bathing tub.
- Issue with bathtubs and waterproofing
Okay, so we're going to first talk about a shower/tub combination. A shower/tub combination has different issues than a stand-alone tub. So a tub/shower combination like I've mentioned before is going to have a fiberglass bottom. It may have fiberglass surrounds or tile surrounds. Let's talk about a tile surround first. Alright. With a tile surround bathtub, you're going to have issues with the tile and grout soaking up water and pressing it to whatever's behind it. So typically in construction and tile installers and those kinds of contractors, they know the difference and they know when they need to use a type of material that is vapor resistant. Now vapor resistant isn't the highest quality of waterproof, it's just vapor resistant. It's like that jacket that you have that says "vapor-resistant" yet when it gets wets it still absorbs it and you end up still getting wet. Well, that's what vapor-resistant means. It delays the inevitable getting wet.
So that is one of the bigger issues with using tile in a bathtub surround or even just in a regular walkin shower. Using tile is porous, the grout is porous and it will soak up vapor and water. So with that issue you need to have a solution and the solution for the tile bath