Clawfoot Tubs Vs. Insert Tubs
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Clawfoot Tubs Vs. Insert Tubs

8/21/2011

Clawfoot Tubs Vs. Insert Tubs

A bathtub isn't just a place to get in, get clean and get out. It can be a place to relax and allow the tensions of the day to dissipate. The size and shape of the space will determine largely which type of tub can be installed. It's a good idea to get familiar with the features of clawfoot and insert tubs before choosing a style for your bathroom.

Size & Capacity
Clawfoot bathtubs typically are longer, Bathtub Leg wider and deeper than insert-style tubs. The overflow drain on insert tubs is located closer to the base than the one on a clawfoot tub, which increases the water capacity of the clawfoot considerably. Large or tall individuals, or those who wish to soak in a deep bath are more likely to enjoy a bath in a wide clawfoot tub.

Shape
Though both types come in different shapes and sizes, insert tubs usually are square with rounded edges and clawfoot varieties usually are oval. The backrest on a clawfoot tub may be nearly straight or more gradient, like an insert tub, for added comfort. More narrow clawfoot tubs can be less comfortable than insert tubs for those with wide shoulders, so prospective buyers should check the width at various height intervals of each style for maximum comfort.

Installation
Insert tubs can be installed in any full bathroom. The same can't be said for clawfoot tubs, which may require a longer, wider area due to the curvature of the tub sides. Insert tubs with showers must be encased by walls on two or three sides to accommodate plumbing and provide an area for curtain rod placement. Clawfoot tubs with showers require exposed plumbing and a special curtain fixture.

Care & Maintenance
Both types of bathtubs, whether made of porcelain, cast-iron or acrylic, should be cleaned frequently with a non-abrasive cleaner, such as dish detergent. Stubborn spots or stains occasionally can be scrubbed gently with a mixture of baking soda and ammonia and a soft sponge. Drains should be installed properly and maintained to decrease clogs. A plumbing snake can be used to unclog the drain, but a professional plumber should be consulted for stubborn clogs or before using chemical products.



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