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As with most things in life there are trade-offs to consider and the style of walk in bathtub door you choose will reflect what you value most. In this article we outline the major circumstances you should think about so that you can choose a walk in bathtub with the style of door best suited to your needs and budget. How Inward-Swinging Doors and Outward-Swinging Doors Work In a tub with an inward-swinging door the door swings into the foot well area inside the tub when you open it. Most manufacturers opt for inward-swinging doors because its easier to hold the pressure from the water inside the tub with this design.
As the name suggests it is set below floor level. Your bathroom renovation contractor can construct a deck-like structure in the bathroom for installing the bathtub. The plumbing system is covered to give a finished look to the bathroom. As only the rim of the bathtub is visible the contractor will leave its outer surface unfinished. It reduces the cost of the bathtub making it an affordable choice for homeowners.· Claw-Foot Bathtubs An evergreen style! A claw-foot bathtub is a free-standing bathtub. It means you have the freedom of installing it anywhere you want. You can choose it for giving a luxurious and elegant look to the bathroom. Commonly it is made up of cast iron. The claw-foot bathtub is an expensive option because of the presence of the porcelain enamel on its surface. But you can choose inexpensive acrylic options that are available in the market.
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Instead of having the door rest on the inside of the bathtub shell outward-swinging doors stay closed because of heavy-duty bolts that lock the edge of the door frame into the rest of the shell. Outward swinging doors also commonly have bars or levers on the outside of the door to ensure that there is enough support to keep the door closed. These bolts have to be strong and the parts of the shell that they lock into have to be heavily reinforced in order to support the weight of the water and bather. Because outward swinging doors require more parts to keep them shut they are more expensive to build and are less popular in walk in bathtubs sold for residential use.