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The Advantages of a Cast Iron Tub

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Cast iron tubs are amazingly durable. If you're considering replacing an existing bathtub, a new or vintage cast iron tub can be a great choice. And if you're thinking of removing an existing cast iron tub, consider its advantages before getting out the sledgehammer.

1. Construction
Cast iron tubs are created by heating iron, which is then poured into casts of the desired shape and size. The tub's surface is then finished with porcelain or enamel.
2. Durability
According to the City Sustainable Building Program, cast iron tubs are designed to last fifty years or more. While acrylic tubs are easily scratched and heavy objects can chip thin-gauged steel tubs, cast iron is not easily scratched, chipped or cracked.
3. Heat Retention
Iron retains heat well, keeping water warmer for longer periods than other materials.
4. Noise Reduction
Cast iron's thick, heavy construction helps muffle noise and vibrations, creating a relaxing bathing environment.
5. Appearance & Color
If your bathtub was installed when your home was built, the tub's style can help unify the bathroom with the rest of the house. If you're interested in a new cast iron tub, a variety of designs are available: pedestal tubs; claw, paw or imperial feet tubs; Oriental-style soaker tubs; and slipper-style tubs.
A wide array of color choices is available with cast iron bathtubs. White and biscuit, or almond, are the most popular choices, but others are available. Some models can be found to feature a color exterior of the tub, while the inside is white.
6. Repairs
Cast iron can be repaired and renewed, further extending the life of your bathtub.
Due to the toxic nature of some of the chemicals used during refinishing, hire a professional to do the job.

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