What is a Bath or Tub?
A bathtub, bath or tub is a large container in which water is filled and a person may sit in it for a hot or cold soak. Bathtubs are made out of a variety of materials, like acrylic, fiberglass, enamel on steel or cast iron, and even wood. A tub may also be combined with an overhead shower for a shower bath. Baths are usually finished off with inclusive overflow, wastes and filler-taps.
The most popular shape for a bath-tub is rectangular. Plastic being the modern answer to everything, and easily molded, acrylic baths are much more versatile in shape, offering greater variety. In modern times, installations are also innovative, with the baths being fitted into the floor, built into a raised platform or free-standing, placed strategically inside the bathroom. When you talk of colour, white is classic and preferred by most, however, a pleasant array of colour choices can be found that match your theme. A bathtub usually works in two ways, depending on the perspective of the bather. It forms the style element in the bathroom, often becoming the focal point in the scheme of things inside a wet-room. On the other hand, its utility is the main attraction with the bather looking forward to stepping into one to unwind and release the day’s stresses and relieve muscle aches and pains.
Steel /Enamelled Steel Baths
When you are building a new home or remodeling your old one, you may be in a fix about the kind of bathtub you would like to opt for. That brings us to the factors that you need to consider when purchasing a new bath. Talking about the aesthetic aspects of a bathtub, material and finish are important. A steel bath or steel enamel bath is a tub made of steel metal that has been coated with a layer of ceramic or porcelain. Steel tubs are usually long-lasting, being made of durable metal and are very reasonably priced. So, if you are on a budget but still wanting to refurbish your bathroom, then these baths are your best bet.
Whats good about them!
Baths made of steel may look like cast iron but they are much lighter in weight. Iron and granite in fact weigh more than steel baths, making installing tubs of steel enamel, quite a convenient affair. So, they are both cost-effective, and easy to install. Cleaning and maintaining is also-trouble-free. The enamel finish offers good resistance to most household chemicals and detergents, retaining its shine and colour for longer. Branded steel-enamel baths have additional properties like resistance to Ultra Violet light, ensuring that they don’t fade under the effects of light. Bacteria and mould that thrive in moist bath environments can’t get an easy hold on your Steel bath because of the metal’s non-porosity. Besides, they blend well with most other bathroom tiles and fixtures, creating a seamless look.
You don’t have to be an environmental crusader to help protect our planet. You can do your bit by bringing home a Steel bath as it uses only all natural materials for manufacturing and is 100% recyclable. Off course, the same can’t be said of fiberglass or acrylic that use-up fossil fuels.
If you have children or elderly people or someone with special needs in your family, then Steel tubs may not be the ideal choice as the surface can be very cold and slippery. Also, steel being a good conductor of heat, the water in the tub tends to cool faster. They have another downside—when it comes to colour or design or shape, these offer very limited options. Customising a Steel tub to fit your particular requirement is not possible because of the properties of the metal. They also tend to chip, dent and rust, marring the look of a perfectly well-functioning bath.
Kaldewei and Bette are the leading European manufacturers of Steel Enamel baths
UK’s own premier metal bath manufacturer, Kaldewei, was set-up in the year 1918 and generations down the line, it is still creating excellent baths with the same zeal and fervor. The Brand is synonymous with quality and durability. Kaldewei steel enamel baths are a combination of highly ductile steel and glass that is a perfect mixture and produces a thickness of 3.5 mm. Kaldewei steel enamel baths are a superior mix of robustness, hygiene, class, looks and excellent designs. The techniques and manufacturing processes have steadily improved over the years and further innovations have improved the process and quality of the end product. The company also makes its own enamel (3.5mm) that is used in the manufacture of every steel bath. So confident is the company about the quality and long life of its baths that they offer a 30 year guarantee on each of them.
The German company Bette is known world-wide for manufacturing high-quality metal baths. Established in Delbrück more than 6 decades ago, it is still a name to reckon with for steel/enamel bath, producing more than 50,000 baths and showers every month. Using innovative and patented processes, Bette have created a range of baths that are way ahead of the competition. Bette uses Deep Draw, a technique unique to Bette with only the best raw materials to create their baths. The resulting product is hard-wearing, durable, and strong and most of all can be recycled. The quality of each piece speaks for itself and the Brand stands-out among many; a Bette bath maybe recognised simply by sight.