A Brass bathtub is an integral part of any bathroom whether yours is a traditional, rustic, modern or a contemporary themed bathroom. As such, different factors need to be carefully considered before buying and installing a brass bathtub in your home. Any home owner will be looking for the value on the market and when it comes to bathtubs this means a durable, attractive and affordable bathtub that compliments their individual tastes and preferences while blending flawlessly with the rest of the bathroom and home decor. CopperSmith’s professional brass experts would like to offer you some guidance when choosing a copper bathtub.
Choosing a Quality Brass Bathtub
One of the materials used to make bathtubs today is brass. Brass is beautiful and strong and can be used to make quality, long lasting bathtubs that are unique enough to meet different homeowners' requirements. So after you’ve settle on brass as the material of choice for your bathtub, what do you look for when buying one? You may also be interested in a quality copper bathtub you can use for many years to come? These questions seem to be overwhelming homeowners but we can help find the answers.
1. Quality of the Brass
The quality of brass bathtubs differ depending on the thickness of brass used to make the tub, the purity of the copper used and the workmanship involved when making the brass tub. Brass is gauged depending on thickness. You will find out that gauge 20 brass is 14 or gauge is very thick & sturdy. If you are looking for a bathtub that will stand the test of time and need minimal or no repairs in years, go for the thickest brass tub you can afford. Thin bathtubs have been known to wear quickly leading to leaks and dents. Thin tubs will also produce some noise, especially when filling the tub and this can be a tad annoying. Another factor that comes into play when considering the quality is the purity of the material of the brass used. While this might not be very easy to discern just by looking at the end product, most sellers will tell you the percentage of brass in relation to other metals added. A higher percentage of brass to other metal is always better as it produces a stronger more durable alloy. Workmanship is also a consideration when it comes to quality. Different manufacturers will produce different results - even when using the same type and gauge of metal. The overall time used to make the tub, the level of expertise and the general attention to detail will affect the final outcome and thus affect the quality of the bathtub make. Workmanship can be seen. If you keenly look at the options available to buy you can easily tell the product that was completed to perfection, even if all are the selections are made from the same type of brass.
2. Brass Bathtub Finishing
Most brass items will come in either a smooth, well-polished finish or a rugged, hammered finish. In most instances, it makes more sense to buy a tub with a well finished and smooth interior especially when considering the level of comfort you expect not just from a copper bathtub but any other bathtub you use. For the outside, you have the option of choosing a smooth and polished finish or the hammered and rugged one for a more adventurous look.
A smooth finish goes well with a contemporary theme that makes use of symmetry and smooth finishing in all areas.
A rough rugged look on the other side goes well with a rugged countryside or traditional theme and will blend well with other rustic decor items that are both striking and adventurous.
Finishing also affects the color of the metal and consequently the bathtub color. There are four main colors when it comes to brass bathtubs. These colors range from a shiny penny look to darker coffee or dark chocolate hues. Of course more hues do exist, all depending on the origin and age of the metal as well as the type and percentage of other metals used to make the copper tub. Select the color that best suits your style and blends with the rest of your bathroom items as well. You should, however note that the while shiny colored brass tubs are bright and smooth, their color can change, especially when the tub comes into contact with salty water or other compounds found in water, soap and other bath products. While the change in color does not, in any way, compromise the quality of the tub, the color change can affect your overall bathroom look. Corrective measures can be taken to get the tub back to its original