Updating your 1960s bathroom? Your options for bathtub materials are plentiful.
Q: I am remodeling my 1960s bathroom, and I’m a little confused by the material choices available on today’s market. I plan on doing a complete remodel, so bath style is wide open. Can you please let me know a few basic bathtub material choices I can look at?
A: Bathtub materials have come a long way since the 1960s — and back again. I’ll explain that a little more with my basic bathtub material choices.
First, for an all-around choice, I like acrylic and Vikrell baths. These are strong, lightweight composite materials available with built-in textures and high-gloss finishes.
Next, for freestanding baths, Lithocast and solid-surface materials offer the thick self-supporting feel of smooth stone.
Finally, enameled cast iron not only lasts a long time, it’s also been around for a long time and still going strong. Today’s cast-iron tubs feature many vibrant colors. And since they are partly made with recycled materials, no matter what color you choose you can still be green.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.