It’s amazing that despite the harsh economic times that we are living in these days, many homeowners are doing more and more home improvements, and working on their houses every weekend or so. Freestanding baths are among the topmost installations for bathroom makeovers that are sought after now; especially among newly-weds or couples wishing to relax in a hot bath together, according to my brother-in-law who works for a firm of plumbers in Fulham (http://www.touchstoneplumbers.co.uk/plumbers-in-fulham/). Installing a freestanding bath might seem complicated at first but after some careful reading, most people find out that they can actually do it by themselves. Even if you are not a do-it-yourself kind of handy person, you can still have a freestanding bath installed at a very affordable rate if you are prepared to shop around a little.
Freestanding baths come in several types of materials today, thanks to the marvels of modern day technology as well as a very efficient shipping and delivery system. Perhaps the cast iron and enamel coated freestanding baths are the most popular, especially in upscale homes that have a great taste for elegance and design. Newer versions made of acrylic are fast taking the market share and increasingly being installed in brand new homes all over London. Steel freestanding baths are also popular in many homes due to their durability, relative lightness and ease of transportation. You will also find the baths in many different designs and sizes, typically ranging from the 1300mm freestanding bath to the opulent 1800mm version. When choosing a size, make sure you first carefully measure your bathroom. For smaller rooms, a deep 1300mm freestanding bath is probably the best choice, whereas larger rooms can take a more comfortable 1500mm or 1800mm tub.
Stone resin and other composite materials are also making their debut in the market. So the big question is which material is best for freestanding baths and what are their limitations. All of these materials have their pros and cons just like any other product out there. Despite the elegance and style associated with cast iron and enamel coated freestanding baths, it is true that they are the heaviest amongst the range, and are more challenging to install. Steel freestanding baths coated with enamel provide a lighter alternative with similar qualities. Also, because cast iron rust can be a hazard when the enamel chips, steel baths have become a preferred alternative for many.
For those worried about the cost and the stress of dealing with rust over time, acrylic freestanding baths have proven to be a very good and satisfactory choice. Due to its nature, acrylic is far cheaper and readily available than all the other materials typically used. Acrylic can also be mixed with resin, different stones, quartz, fiber glass and several additional components to increase its strength and provide a superior quality finish. Most of these baths are very warm to the touch, strong, durable and extremely resistant to marks and scratches.
All in all, the best materials for making freestanding baths will depend on your individual tastes, needs, and of course your budget. Looking online will give you a good idea of what you can expect for your price range, or a bathroom showroom salesperson dealers will be well informed to offer you tips and advice on deciding which style to buy.