Adding Elegance

A claw-foot tub is a beautiful addition to any bathroom, but before you purchase one, be sure that you ask smart questions – and receive the right answers.

Q. Should I buy a new or used tub?

A. It depends on what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend. Some new tubs can cost up to $4,000, while you might be able to get an older tub at an auction or renovating supply company for a few hundred dollars. However, you might then have to invest $1,000 to refurbish it. Older tubs might also be bigger – about six feet long – which, depending on the size of your bathroom, can be a positive or negative.

Q. Which material is better, acrylic or cast iron?

A. They each serve different purposes. Cast iron will hold heat for a longer time and might also complete a period look of the bathroom. Acrylic tubs are lighter and easier to install and come in a variety of designs, including air-jetted, which are akin to whirlpools.

Q. Can I still use a shower head with the tub?

A. Yes. There are several different types of shower valve systems that work with claw food tubs, such as hand-held mounted units, or all-inclusive shower systems that are bracketed to the ceiling and serve as a place from which to hang the shower curtain.

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