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In today’s fast-paced society, not many of us take the time to have a nice, relaxing bath anymore. A quick and easy shower is all we usually allot the time for. Really, we should take some time out to soak once and a while. So this may become more tempting if you love your tub. Fortunately, today there are many features and types to choose from. Look into all of your options to create your own little home spa!

The first thing you’ll look at is the type of tub. The most common type of tub is the three-wall alcove. These are the type you’ll see most often as a shower/tub combination. There are freestanding tubs. These also come in Clawfoot style, if you’d like a luxurious Elizabethan feel. So a slipper-type freestanding tub will boast a high back for supporting the head and neck. Drop-in tubs are the tub shell only. You’ll find these are made to be fitted into a framed enclosure that matches your bathroom décor.

Now if you want to get fancy, there are all types of features you can add to tubs. The most popular are whirlpool-type tubs. These are the kinds that famously boast jets and bubbles. You can customize these with things like in-line heaters, foot massage jets, bubble-only jets, and multi-speed settings. So if you ask me, that’s a pretty luxurious tub!

It doesn’t stop there. You can also add fun features to your tub. Chromatherapy uses underwater LED lights to suit or influence your mood. So you can add resonant speaker panels to your tub that sync to your computer playlists. These send sound through the water so you can actually feel the musical vibrations on your skin!

For elderly and disabled persons, there are options as well. Most tubs already have the option of non-slip surfaces and wide edges to make getting in and out safer. There are also options for walk-in tubs for those with limited mobility. These feature a hinged door that seals shut when the tub is being filled.

With all of these bells and whistles. You may pay somewhere around $700 for a standard acrylic or fiberglass tub. Once you add lights, bubbles, digital controls, and make it a fancy color, you could be well past $15,000!

A cool variation on material could change the tune of cost as well. Cast-iron tubs are very neat, and they act as heat sinks. This will keep your bath warm for longer than usual. It’s a mid-range price scale of about $400-$1,200. For the top end, you’re looking at over $10,000.

If you’re looking for a tough tub, you’ll want to look into enameled steel. So the good part is that they are resistant to scratching or staining. These sensible tubs will run you about $400-$1,000 and even the higher-end tubs won’t break $10,000.

Now, if your bathroom is being dressed to impress, there are the crème-de-la-crème of bathtub materials. Of course, copper is the classic bathroom up-do. A copper tub will run somewhere between $4,000 and $50,000. Did you know that you could have your tub made from laminate wood or carved stone? So these freestanding beauties will run you anywhere from $15,000-$20,000.

So whatever you decide is right for your powder room, Express Plumbing Heating & Air is standing by to help you install it! Our qualified technicians will help you set up your personal oasis at a reasonable price. Call us today!

Brad Jordan

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