shower over bath: type of bath ?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by kreid001, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. kreid001

    kreid001 New Member

    Mar 22, 2007

    I understand that it may not be wise to go for an acrylic bath as my shower is positioned over my bath. There may be movement and the tiling may not stay water tight. Fine, so, if I go for a pressed steel bath is there a particular thickness of steel that I should aim for at a minimum - 3.5mm has been mentioned.. but this may be just to get me to spend more money than necessary....? any ideas?

  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Don't worry about it...the joint between the tub and the tiled walls should be caulked anyways. Most manufacturers specify supporting the edges of the tub with a ledger board and bedding them in mortar so they are quite sturdy if installed that way. If you don't like the look of caulk, and others make trim pieces that are flexible that take the place of caulk at corners and changes of plane (look at Dilex profiles). Put it together right, and it isn't a problem. Avoid the steel tubs, it doesn't take much to damage or dent them, and then they rust.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    A steel tub is the absolutely last option. Even a horse watering tub would be preferable. There are no 3.5 mm enameled steel tubs. You might be hard pressed to find one 1/16" thick. The durability of your installation depends on how you install the tub and its surround, not what the tub is made of.
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