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August 14 2014


Finding a Whirlpool Bath

If you have made the decision to get a whirlpool for your home then you will need to take some time to determine the how, where and how much of it all that you are ready to take on.

1. Set your budget – keep in mind that the bigger you go then the larger your budget will need to be. Remember to contact a plumber for installation costs if you need to hire a professional.

a. Include professional assistance costs.

b. Remodeling or prep work.

c. Cost and delivery of unit.

2. Find a space. If you will need to be sure that the floor has the support to hold all the water required for a whirlpool – it can get extremely heavy. Even if you are choosing a location where a tub sat in the past you might want to consider installing reinforcement for better support.

3. Prepare the space. This will require making sure that it has the support, covering and some moisture guard to keep the surrounding areas from becoming moldy. You will also need to remove the old tub if there is currently one in place.


4. Measure the space. Remember that it is always better to measure multiple times – particularly when you are talking about a unit as large and heavy as a whirlpool. *Always measure the doorway that you will be bringing the whirlpool through to be sure that the opening is large enough for the unit.*

5. Start shopping. Take all of your budget information and your measurements and begin visiting different whirlpools stores. Get into the tub and see how the space feels. Take your time and visit several shops or look at a number of units.

Choosing and installing a whirlpool is a very personal experience. Be sure that you settle on something that you will enjoy for the long hall. Find the right fit for you and your needs but also remain within budget.


Making the Choice

Whirlpool baths are designed with a wide array of shapes and sizes.  Choosing the right one for your new bathroom will likely depend on the space that you have and the budget that you have allotted.  Take your time and look at as many models as you can and be sure to sit in a few to get the feel for what your investment.

Acrylic whirlpool baths are the most common mainly because of the durability.

Gel coating whirlpool baths are more typical for the large bath/shower combination units.

Cast iron is rare and costly but it is also the most durable.

Alcove whirlpool baths are designed like ordinary bathtubs and will fit into a space with walls on three sides.  A rim to floor apron is on the exposes side with an access panel for servicing the motor.

Drop in whirlpool baths come in the largest variety of shapes and sizes.  These units are designed to drop into a preconstructed frame on site.

When it comes to the amenities offered in today’s whirlpool baths, the sky is literally the limit. You can get everything from 42 inch plasma screen televisions to surround sound systems to floating remote control units. If you want to pay for it then it is probably available as an accessory for your new whirlpool bath.


Installing Whirlpool Baths

Installing a whirlpool bath may not be a project for the beginner do it yourself person. It takes a great deal of know how and a combination of electrical, plumbing and carpentry skills. Although some of the steps may be a project that the beginner may want to tackle, it is probably a good idea to consult a professional for the others.

When you begin the process of installing whirlpool baths in any locations you will want to follow the same procedures that are required for any bathroom renovation:

1. Turn off any water coming to the room where you will be working.
2. Clear the area of any existing tubs or showers that may be in the way of the new whirlpool bath.
3. Prepare the surface area for the new whirlpool bath.
4. Brace the space where the whirlpool bath will be going (some of the whirlpool baths can weigh over 1500 lbs when full).
5. Measure the space several times (be sure to measure the door or space where you will be bringing the fixture through).
6. Find the whirlpool bath that will fit into the space and your budget.
7. Bring the whirlpool bath home and begin the installation process.

Read more: http://showercabins.net/types-of-acrylic-shower-pans-pros-and-cons/

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