Before choosing a bathtub set a budget for it London - Arabstoday Although they are becoming less and less common in the modern bathroom, a bathtub can be one of the most relaxing ways to spend an afternoon or night. Especially after a hard day at work a bath can be a much better feeling than taking a shower. There are many bathtubs on the market today that will suit almost everyone’s needs, tastes and budget. So before choosing a bathtub set a budget for it. Measure the bathroom to see how much space you can give up for the bathtub and start looking for one. Materials Cast iron porcelain bathtub is very durable but also expensive and heavy. It is resistant to corrosion and maintains water temperature well. Marble and wood require extra care due to cracking and scratching but both look elegant and unusual. Enamel steel is an affordable and durable material. Though the water cools faster in the enamel steel bathtubs and the shape and features (such as armrest) are quiet limited. Copper bathtubs are elegant and eye-drawing. Its metallic shine can change with time but it’s also possible to keep the original color with special cleansers. Style There also many styles and shapes to choose from. There are more modern bathtubs and there are bathtubs in rustic or ancient style. Bathtubs also differ by installation type. The three-wall alcove has the bathtub installed so that its three sides are attached to the walls. Corner installation type has the bathtub located in the corner of the bathroom. A drop-in has a bathtub built into a custom pedestal. Undermount bathtub is the same as drop-in but its rim is invisible as it is built into a custom pedestal. Free standing bathtubs are my favorite in terms of looks. They can be placed away from the walls to act independently. These statement bathtubs look great in room-like bathroom designs and give it a luxurious look. Functions Also consider your needs when buying a bathtub. If you want a shower with your bathtub opt for the one that has this function. Also make sure your water heater can manage the new bathtub‘s water capacity. If your choice leans toward whirlpool bathtub special electrical features will be needed for that.