Only very rarely is it possible to fill a bathtub all the way up to the rim, as nearly all tubs are equipped with overflow protection that will steadily drain the water once it reaches a certain level.
(PRWEB) November 22, 2013
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Buying a luxury bathtub or whirlpool tub for the first time can be a little confusing. There’s a general notion that bigger is better, but some measurements can be confusing, while others can be downright misleading. For those who have never bought a big tub before, HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to a few of the most important measures and markers to keep in mind.
Upgrading to a luxury bathtub almost certainly means a boost in length. The reason is that stretching out and sinking down into the tub is a key part of the luxury soaking tub experience. That said, except for people who are fairly short, even the longest tubs aren’t big enough to lie flat in. So while a 72″ beauty can sound like a dream, sizing down a little won’t be devastating as long as the back of the bathtub has a comfortable slope to it.
Often the length of a luxury bathtub is the biggest selling point, and a ballpark understanding of the capacity of the tub is often left to the figure in gallons, rather than the height. Plus, the inside height and outside height of a bathtub also doesn’t necessarily match, meaning that the height of the bathtub isn’t necessarily a good marker of the depth of the water. But height is still an important measurement, primarily in terms of determining the tub’s accessibility. The taller the tub, the more difficult it will be to get in and out of. For especially tall tubs, it can even be worth installing an extra step up on the outside to make it easier and more comfortable to use.
Why don’t the inside height and outside height of the tub walls match? On a clawfoot tub the reason is obvious: the feet raise up the bathtub so the inside doesn’t even touch the floor. This is less evident in solid, rectangular bathtubs, but even in the simplest fiberglass tubs, there are a few inches between the bottom of the tub and the floor, purely because of the way the tub is made. In a very large bathtub, a few inches might not make much difference, but the more shallow the tub, the less water it can hold, so make sure to take those extra inches into account when figuring how deep the water will be.
That said, the inside depth of the tub can actually be a little misleading. Only very rarely is it possible to fill a bathtub all the way up to the rim, as nearly all tubs are equipped with overflow protection that will steadily drain the water once it reaches a certain level. Knowing the height of this secondary drain is absolutely crucial, as it will mark how deep the water in the bathtub will actually be.
As with the fill height, the water capacity is another bathtub stat that can be a little misleading, because the capacity of the tub does not correlate one to one with the capacity of a water heater. It’s easy to assume a 50 gallon tank would supply a 50 gallon tub, but cold water will flow into the water heater to refill it while the hot water is filling the tub, resulting in, at best, a lukewarm bath.
Last but certainly not least, it’s important to know how much a bathtub weighs, specifically when it’s as full of water as it can get, and especially if the tub is made of cast iron. Water is heavy, and cast iron is heavy, and the two together can spell disaster if the underlying floor isn’t up to bearing their combined weight. This is mostly an issue for bathrooms on upper levels, but really anywhere the tub won’t be placed on a solid foundation.
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