A Guide to a Freestanding Bath with Shower 

A freestanding bath with shower is something that provides the most stylish features to any home. These luxurious bathtubs with shower take centre stage and will create a focal point in your bathroom. These free-standing bath tubs are not connected to walls or any other surface, even the shower is sometimes attached separately as a freestanding. These range of freestanding tubs whether it’s a tradition freestanding or a modern freestanding bathtub, both requires a big and spacious bathroom to accommodate the tub and even need some buffer space around the tub. 

Mostly, these free-standing tubs are significantly costlier than other varieties of tubs such as alcove and drop-in tubs. Freestanding tubs are all about freedom as it provides freedom of movement and space. It includes oval baths, slipper baths, acrylic bath, single ended bath, cast iron bath, and plenty of options for larger as well as small bathrooms. They are available in lots of different sizes, shapes and colours. 

These freestanding bath tubs are mostly covered and maintained with a frameless shower screen that is mounted on a bath. This has a metal wall-mount and curved panel of clear safety glass. In this article, let’s see various features of a freestanding bath with the materials used to build them. The main baths features are,

a) Weight:

These freestanding bath tubs are heavier when compared with any other. It is always better than before purchasing this collection, ensure that your home can physically withstand its pressure as this might cause some structural damage to your home.

b) Location: 

Buying a bath tub is not that important, but placing it in a perfect position is something which is very important. The placement of this can create a great difference between a stylish and relaxing bathroom. Here, the problem arises when the size of your bathroom is comparatively smaller. In this case, it is better to arrange for the freestanding one that is smaller in size such as slipper bath model etc. 

c) Style:

These freestanding bath with showers creates a statement in any room, but all that depends upon the style you have opted for. Before getting into the style related features, it is must to decide whether you want your bathroom to have a contemporary modern bathroom look or a traditional bathroom look.

This is because, if you are looking for something modern, you might go for a tub that is with a trendy metallic finish or a bespoke paint job that can match a room. But, for a traditional look, the classic slipper bath is of course, not a great choice.

Let’s explore with the material used to construct the wide collections of freestanding baths with showers,

Well, the material used in a freestanding bathtub is the same as that of being used in other tubs. Sometimes in the early centuries, these freestanding tubs are built with stones and clay. But in modern days, they are built with the most common materials, i.e., fibreglass and acrylic

1) Fibreglass:

This material is much popular due to its affordability and lightweight. It is more budget-friendly than any other alternatives that include cast, iron, copper, and brass. It can be repaired whenever gets damaged instead of replacing with the entire tub. But, its greatest disadvantage is its poor durability and an easy to scratch surface property.

2) Acrylic:

It is another option that offers the tubs with a lightweight and affordable price. The acrylic tubs have fibreglass as a major component. Thus, it occupies the property of a fibreglass, i.e., poor durability and easy to scratch surface. They are present in a vase range of colours, but people mostly go for a white acrylic bathtub to have a pleasant appearance to the bathroom. 

3) Ceramic Tile:

Ceramic is something that is with a highly customized design when it comes to size. It is another good option when it comes to the budget-friendly freestanding tub. On the downside, the ceramic tile tubs require a lot of maintenance work and can be a tad unpleasant on bare skin. 

4) Cast Iron:

The cast iron bath tub material can potentially last forever. Here, the moulded iron is finished on the outside with enamel and the tub is hard and study, with the exterior resistant to scratches and any other damages.

As a disadvantage, these cast irons are difficult to move because of their weight and even can carry a high price tag.

5) Porcelain on Steel:

This type of tub consists of a sheet of steel that combines with a layer of porcelain enamel. It cost low with high durability. It is easy to clean. 

6) Natural Stone:

These kinds of freestanding tubs are quite expensive. These natural stone include variety of materials such as sandstone, marble, basalt or granite. They are a great choice if going for a luxurious spa look in your bathroom.

 7) Copper:

Copper is a warm aesthetic material that creates a luxurious décor. The greatest benefit of copper tubs lies in their health benefits. This is because copper is naturally antimicrobial, that helps in keeping the tub hygienic.

These copper tubs come in a variety of finishes. Although they are costlier than fibreglass or acrylic tubs, they last longer while requiring minimal maintenance.

 8) Brass:

They are not used that commonly to build a bathtub due to its high cost. Even this is because it’s made by combining zinc and copper to form an extremely strong and durable metallic finish. A brass tub can last for decades retaining its exotic look as it does not rust or corrode. Just like copper tubs, even these are much expensive but provides value for the money.