Tips on Purchasing Claw Foot Tubs
Vintage tub and baths give a variety of many kinds of claw foot baths and claw foot baths are in four major types which include: the traditional roll rim, double ended, slipper and pedestal. The most common claw foot tube is the traditional roll rim foot club, and some are based on the genuine cast iron claw foot tubs that were made in between 1890 and 1940. The ordinary vintage roll rim claw foot tub measures five inches long, and it is big enough to fit into the standard American bathroom, and there are other kinds of vintage roll rims that come in various sizes ranging from 48″, 57″, 54″, 67″, 60″ and 72″ lengths that can accommodate all kinds of people and spaces.
The slipper claw foot tubs can be differentiated by their high-back construction that provides a more comfy seating position, and if the buyer prefers to lounge in the tub while having a place to put their head, then the slipper claw foot tub will give them all the support they need. The double slipper claw foot tub has both ends having a high-back construction, and these bathtubs have a center drain configuration and side-mounting faucet, and they are available both in cast iron and in acrylic construction.
Double-ended claw foot tubs have all sides rounded for the option of bathing positions, and these kind of claw foot baths have center drains configured and side-mounting faucets. Pedestal tubs imitate the art-deco style that appeared back in the 1920s and 1930s, and instead of having claw feet the pedestal tub sits on a base, and there are two kinds of pedestal bathtubs which are 60″ roll rim and 66″ double ended rim.
Claw foot tubs are either made of cast iron or acrylic, and the porcelain surface on a cast iron foot club is tougher, and scratch resistant than acrylic tubs, and they have a more substantial feel and sound than lighter acrylics, and they seem to be more historically authentic to the eye than acrylic claw foot tubs. One demerit is that once there is a scratch or damage on the porcelain in the cast iron tub, it will permanently blemish the tub. Both vintage tub and bath cast iron tubs also include double-ended clawfoot tubs, classic claw foot tubs, slipper claw foot tubs, complete cast iron tub sets and pedestal tubs. An acrylic foot tub interior surface is easier to scratch that the hard porcelain glass interior surface in a cast iron claw foot tub but such damages can be easily repaired by sanding and polishing methods than a similar porcelain enamel tub.