Cast Iron Bath
The cast iron bath originates from the UK. The installation of a cast iron bath in an Australian bathroom predominantly took place from 1900-1970. They are still the most common type of bath around today.
During this era, the combination of an improved water access system and cheaper hot water, advances in ceramics and iron, and a growing awareness of the importance of personal hygiene led to a revolution in sanitary ware.
It was not until the 1880s that most houses for the middle classes were built with cast iron baths. Although porcelain was not suitable for making full-sized baths, special baths for feet, for example, were available.
They remained expensive compared with the cast iron baths which were introduced in the 1880s. Victorian baths were usually regarded as furniture and therefore tended to be boxed in. Towards the end of the century, the outside of a free-standing bath was usually painted.
The durability and comfort of a cast iron bath can offer you much enjoyment.
Advantages of Having A Built-In Cast Iron Bath
- Retention of heat for longer periods
- Easy to clean-very resistant to various products and chemicals
- Won’t chip or damage easily
- You’re able to change the colour through enamelling
As personal hygiene became more and more important at the beginning of the 20th century, cast-iron baths started becoming not only a popular choice in homes but a necessity. As porcelain or other materials were too expensive to be used on baths, cast iron was still the cheapest and most effective material available for such a purpose. The use of cast-iron baths grew in popularity each year and over the 20th century, an estimative percentage of 70% of all bathrooms used cast-iron baths.
The advantages of having a cast-iron bath are not at all negligible. For starters, cast iron is very durable and resistant to water, soap particles, steam and any other chemicals that might get in touch with the bath’s surface. With a cast-iron bath, there’s little fear of cracks or other similar damage, although rust may be a problem with older bathtubs, especially if the bath enamelling hasn’t been applied properly (and that’s a way to common factor with older cast-iron bathtubs).
Cast-iron bathtubs are also more comfortable, as they can hold the heat of the water for a long period. So you won’t have to worry about your water getting cold if you’re planning on taking a longer bath, or you could fill up the tub, finish off whatever you are doing and when you come back for a bath the water will still be warm. A cast-iron bathtub’s comfort level is also determined by the fact that they are easier to clean.
Another advantage of having a cast-iron bathtub is that its colour can be easily changed through re-enamelling. If the current enamel coating on your cast-iron bathtub is getting old, or dirty, or if it’s peeling or cracking, it’s probably time for a restoration process. Bathroom Renovations Perth unique cast-iron bath restoration system will get your tub looking brand new and increase its life span.
You can choose from over 1700 colours to coat your cast-iron bathtub, after which the tub will be brought back to your home and installed by our technicians.