While many homeowners enjoy having a clawfoot bathtub in the bathroom, the care and maintenance of your clawfoot tub is very important. Several things should be considered when you buy a clawfoot tub, including the material used to make the tub, as well as the look and style of the bathtub.
Materials used to make clawfoot tubs
There are two main types of materials from which clawfoot bath tubs are made – cast iron and acrylic. Acrylic tubs are becoming popular for use in modern homes, while cast iron tubs are typically more traditional and used in both new homes and older restored homes.
Colorful Clawfoot Tub, Clawfoot.com
1. Cast iron tubs: Cast iron clawfoot tubs are heavier and are often an accurate reproduction of actual antique tubs. These tubs are extremely durable, scratch-resistant, and stain-resistant. Antique clawfoot tubs were made of extremely heavy cast iron, and are coated with beautiful white porcelain that is cool to the touch. Cast iron tubs make good choices for bath areas that call for shower enclosures. The cast iron walls easily support a shower enclosure mounted through faucet holes in the tub wall or tub rim.
Cecilia Cast Iron Dual Clawfoot Tub on Monarch Imperial Feet, Signaturehardware.com
2. Acrylic tubs: Acrylic tubs come in many modern styles, and these tubs are cheaper than cast-iron tubs and much lighter. Manufacturers are now producing new acrylic versions of classic style clawfoot tubs that retain the charm of the old tubs without their heavy weight. Acrylic material is a good thermal insulator, which can help water stay warm longer. Since acrylic tubs weigh less than cast iron tubs, they are easier to maneuver up stairs for second story bathrooms.
Acrylic bath tub, Taizhou Chenda Sanitary ware Co., Ltd.
Adding a faucet to your clawfoot tub
There are several faucet options when adding a clawfoot tub faucet to your bathtub. You can choose to mount it on the tub wall, on the tub deck or rim, or you can choose to have a freestanding tub filler. Many tubs are available with all of these drilling options.
– Tubs with wall mounted faucets have two small holes on the wall of the clawfoot tub above the drain. Most holes will measure 3-3/8” on centers.
Cast Iron Lion’s Foot Slipper Tub with Copper Bronze Finish
– Tubs with deck mount faucets have holes on the rim of the bathtub, on either the side or the end of the clawfoot tub. Most holes will measure 7″ or 3-3/8″ on centers. Some tub rim mount tub faucets are available with faucet couplers, making the faucet adaptable to various center measurements.
– Tubs with freestanding tub fillers have no faucet holes, and sometimes have a continuous rolled rim. This allows you to position the faucet anywhere you like in relation to your tub.
Roxburgh clawfoot bathtub, Victoria + Albert
Clawfoot bath tubs typically require no more maintenance than a standard drop-in tub. Both cast iron tubs and acrylic clawfoot baths are easy to clean, and are stain-resistant when properly cared for. Keeping these things in mind while buying a clawfoot bathtub will help you make a decision based on your own requirements and tastes. Whether you are going for traditional Victorian style, or a modern, updated look, a freestanding or clawfoot bathtub is an easy and affordable solution for remodeling your bathroom.
Barclay 60 Inch Cast Iron Roll Top Clawfoot Tub, ClawFootTubs.com
Sophia Acrylic Clawfoot Slipper Tub with Lion Paw Feet, Signaturehardware.com
Epoca Impero 66 Inch Slipper Acrylic Clawfoot Tub, ClawfootTubs.com