3 Reasons Not To Replace Your Cast Iron Clawfoot Bathtub Just Yet
The venerable clawfoot bathtub has enjoyed a long and iconic stay in bathrooms across the country since getting its start in the late 1800s. One unfortunate effect of this pedigree is that many homeowners see them as old fashioned and outdated, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Here are three reasons why you should hold onto your clawfoot tub for another generation to enjoy.
Many tubs that came out of the early 20th century were made of cast iron, which is one of the most durable consumer building materials there is. Even if your tub is made from a different material like copper, the point is that these tubs are built to last, and can last for several generations if they are kept in good condition. This includes fairly frequent reglazing to avoid rust patches and a deep clean whenever the tub gets really discolored and grimy looking.
Of course, a durable tub that doesn't fit in with your bathroom doesn't do you much good, but the good thing about the durability of a cast iron tub is that it is built to outlast trends. A good cast iron tub can be refinished for a number of different reasons. If you're changing the color scheme of your bathroom and want to adapt your tub to your new scheme, then the color switch can be done in as little as a single day. If you're worried about an aging relative slipping in the tub, then you can get your tub refinished to put in a slip-resistant surface on the floor of the tub itself, plus a grab bar on the wall never hurt.
They're True Heirlooms
While most bathtubs simply come and go with a house as a permanent fixture in the wall, a quality clawfoot bathtub can be moved with you and your family for generations, especially if you take good care of it. These types of tubs are almost totally free standing, and can be made so with a few turns of a plumber's wrench, making them highly mobile even for movement within your own home. For example, if you're worried about your kids splashing over the sides of a clawfoot tub in their bathroom, then you can move your high-quality tub into the master bathroom rather than ripping out an old tub and replacing it with a tub set into the wall, and then bring the old tub back once your kids get older and can appreciate its craftsmanship (and keep from soaking your floor!).
Talk to local contractors, such as Tub Solutions Inc, for more ideas on preserving your tub.