|Posted by Clayton on July 06, 2004 at 03:39:42:|
|In response to Re: Inexpensive Bathtubs|
As was stated before I would not even consider a steel tub and next on my list would be the americast although a Limitied Lifetime Warranty can be hard to turn down. I've had good and bad luck with the americast overall i would consider them to be "ok". Cast Iron, much more expensive, but much better quality. With these three you will have to purchase a wall unit or tile/solid surface the walls for the shower enclosure. They are only 14" deep so you may get 11" of water to bath in. and if any of them get damaged they do not repair well and will usually need replaced.
With the fiberglass units aqua glass, lasco, and sterling although some of them might be a little more expensive to purchase and install you also do not need the expense of installing an additional tile/solid surface wall surround for the shower enclosure as it is part of the fiberglass tub/shower unit. they are available in wider or deeper styles at less of a price increase. These three mfg. do not require a mortar bed(except for commercial use) but i highly recommend a mortar/plaster bed for all tubs except the cast iron. Aqua glass and lasco are most likely priced higher than you would like since you are comparing to steel tubs, but a sterling vikrell unit is a little lower in price when you consider no extra cost for shower wall surround.
I've used the vikrell units for most of my large rental property accounts and a few other budget jobs and everyone has been happy with them so far, no complaints and all repeat customers.
just remember when you buy bottom line, you get bottom line...
have a mortar/plaster bed put under any tub you choose (no need on cast iron), it will lengthen its life and make a much better install.
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