Cast Iron Baths – The Ultimate Period Statement Piece

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Ever see a truly glamorous bathroom in a magazine and wanted to recreate it in your own home? Well now you can with a truly unique selection of deluxe cast iron baths, complimented by the correct choice of furnishings.

Oxford Cast Iron Bath

There is a lot to be desired about Victorian inspired architecture and designs. Recently making a dramatic comeback, cast iron baths are often used as feature pieces in bedrooms and bathrooms of homes, as well as to make a statement in swanky hotel rooms.

In a bathroom styled upon periodic designs, it’s the finishing touches and signature pieces that can make or break the overall finished look of a room. And let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like a glamorous tub to transform your bathroom into a Victorian inspired spa-like retreat.

A copper bath especially will add an eye catching touch to any bathroom with its vintage appearance and distinct flair.

Copper Bath

Here are some of the items that you can use to further transform the look of your bathroom into an antique inspired masterpiece:

  • The best place to start is with a colour or tile to set the tone for the rest of the room – rich shades of colour naturally exude an opulent appeal which will match your glamorous new tub.
  • Elaborate taps will also add an element of grandeur with their authentic period inspired look.
  • Dimmed lighting always enhances a decadent atmosphere and is perfect for long luxurious soaks.

Whether you go for a clutter free look or use a profusion of ornaments and features, you can add and remove finishing touches in the form of colours and fittings as you please, to reflect your individual taste and personality.

A cast iron bath from The Cast Iron Bath Company will on its own create a sense of style to modern and traditional bathrooms alike. As a leading supplier of cast iron tubs, they use only the finest manufacturers to ensure your every bath time need is catered to in style. Each tub is designed using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels, with styles inspired by the late Victorian and Edwardian periods of Britain and France. Visit their website to find out more about their exquisite range of tubs.

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Soak Away Your Worries in a Luxurious Roll Top Bath

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After a long, busy day, there is no better way to sit back and unwind than in a steamy hot bubble bath. So why not treat yourself to some well earned quality time in a luxurious roll top bath.

Versailles Painted French Bateau Roll Top Bath

The tubs appearance alone is enough to put one in the mood for a nice long soak, with its periodic appearance and deep, indulgent design. But before you get ready to climb into your tub, there are some other things you can do to further transform your bathroom into a peaceful hideaway, by adding a few special touches.

Pour some bath fragrant bath bubbles or oil into the water as it runs and make sure you have a pile of cosy warm towels to wrap around you when you’re ready to climb out. Then finally, all that will be left for you to do is to lie back and enjoy your very own homemade spa.

A relaxing soak will soon lift your spirits and all your worries of the day will disappear. And because these tubs are constructed out of cast iron, your water will keep its warm temperature for a lot longer too, providing you with the ultimate roll top bath experience.

Ripon Large Roll Top Bath

One thing that many have expressed concern about is the reputation surrounding the roll top baths weight and size, worried that it may be too large and heavy for their bathroom. However, it is a misconception that one has to have their floor completely reinforced in order to prevent it from crashing through the floor. And although it can be a two man job to carry the tub upstairs, the end results are absolutely worth it.

Don’t let life get you down – forget your worries and unwind in a luxurious roll top bath from The Cast Iron Bath Company. As a leading supplier of cast iron baths, they use only the finest manufacturers to ensure your every bath time need is catered to in style. Each tub is designed using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels, with styles inspired by the late Victorian and Edwardian periods of Britain and France. Visit their website to find out more about their exquisite range of tubs.

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The Significance Behind the Materials Used in Roll Top Cast Iron Baths

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In the past, the majority of baths were constructed from cast iron. Nowadays however, roll top cast iron baths are considered to be a luxury item with their long lasting and opulent reputation.

Other than the strong construction and durability that cast iron tubs are so well known for, their roll top designs and claw feet not only keep them well off the ground, but also far above any other tubs found on the market today when it comes to quality and elegance.

These antique tubs can play the part of traditional in both old and new built homes, creating a sense of flair in whichever room they are in. Like their original cast iron copper bath cousins, they are deep and indulgent, with softly rounded edges that offer an unmistakable combination of style and comfort.

The Marseilles Copper Bateau Bath

The distinct array of designs consists of bathtub shapes that one can easily slide into and lie in with ease. The single ended and double ended slipper bath varieties can be placed in both bathrooms and master bedrooms for the perfect luxury finish.

The single variations are raised at one end allowing you to lie comfortably against the one side of the tub with the plug and tap holes conveniently placed on the opposite end. The double ended on the other hand are the perfect choice for with their faucets and plug hole cut into the middle.

In both modern and traditional bathrooms the historical look of these tubs will quickly become the focal point of any room. Furthermore, all cast iron baths are designed to keep bath water warmer for longer as well as offer some sound-insulation qualities. The strong enamel finishes that cover the iron will also make them almost impossible to stain or scratch, meaning your tub will last you longer than any other would.

Own your own piece of bath time history with a superior quality tub from The Cast Iron Bath Company. Choose from their wide range of roll top cast iron bath designs styled on those created during the late Victorian through to Edwardian periods in Britain and France. Each tub is manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for the highest quality of finish. Visit their website and choose either a painted or polished finish to match your bathroom. All of their baths are available for immediate delivery in the UK.

The Sizes and Styles of the Roll Top Cast Iron Bath

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Roll top baths are best known for their curved edges and luxurious shape which has been a popular choice for many eras. This is why when it comes to choosing your roll top cast iron bath, size and style are two of the most important factors to take into consideration.

Roll Top Bath

Not only is their traditional charm the perfect addition to any bathroom in a period home, but in a modern one too. The slipper bath style is available in both single and double ended variations, with the single being the ideal option for solo soaks, whilst the double is large and indulgent enough for two.

You won’t need to worry about plug holes and taps digging into your back while taking a bath, as they are usually placed in the middle of slipper tubs for added comfort. This also makes the slipper design an ideal choice for families as children can sit comfortably in them without having to fight over who has to rest against the side of the bath with the tap.

Another advantage of these baths is their freestanding design which allows them to be placed in the middle or side of your bathroom or bedroom for the ultimate master suite. However due to their large nature, it is important to consider the size and shape of your room before making any final decisions.

Single Ended Slipper Bath

It is easy to see why these baths are so sought after for their luxurious size and appearance, combined with their deep and elegant cast iron construction. They can create a statement in any room, as well as offer an unforgettable bathing experience. Claws and feet can be added to the roll top bath style of your choice to give it an even more vintage inspired look.

Own your own statement tub from the superior collection of quality baths from The Cast Iron Bath Company. Choose from their wide range of roll top baths which are all designed according to the late Victorian and Edwardian periods in Britain and France. Each of their bathtubs is manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for the highest quality of finish. Visit their website and choose from their painted and polished finishes to match your bathroom. All of their baths are available for immediate delivery in the UK.

5 Differences Between Cast Iron Baths and Acrylic Baths

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Most baths these days come in two forms; acrylic and cast iron. By understanding the differences between them you can help make the choice on which tub is the right one for your home.

The Lincoln Victorian Slipper Roll Top Bath

Although most modern baths are made from acrylic, there is nothing quite like slipping into the timeless luxury of a cast iron bath. This is perhaps why many would consider them a ‘must have’ when it comes to creating the perfect bathroom whether you are looking to add a traditional or contemporary finish.

Here are some of the main differences between the two types of tub;

  1. Cast iron is stronger than acrylic as it is made out of a heavier and more solid material making it more hard-wearing and longer lasting. If looked after properly, don’t be surprised if your cast iron bath does literally last you a lifetime.
  2. Cast iron keeps its condition for longer because it is more durable and cannot be damaged easily.  In fact it is almost impossible to dent or scratch and will keep its ‘brand new’ appearance for longer.
  3. A cast iron tub will add a touch of elegance to any bathroom and comes in a selection of traditional Victorian and Edwardian inspired designs such as the roll top bath. Acrylic baths are more standard and plain with more of a functional look than a wow factor.
  4. Cast iron is constructed from moulded molten iron with an enamel surface which gives it its unique ability to retain heat, allowing for longer and hotter soaks in the tub. Acrylic however is made from an acrylic sheet and reinforced fibreglass which does not offer the same level of insulation.
  5. Cast iron is easier to clean and is resistant to most strong and harmful chemicals unlike acrylic which is less resistant to strong cleaners and therefore a lot more challenging to keep in tip top condition.

Now that you know all the differences, the best choice is obvious. For a more luxurious bathroom, choose from a superior selection of grand, freestanding cast iron roll top baths from The Cast Iron Bath Company. All of their baths are styled on the late Victorian and Edwardian eras in Britain and France, and manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for the highest quality of either a painted or polished finish.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cast Iron Baths

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When it comes to creating the bathroom of your dreams, there is no better way to finish it off than with a brand new, high-end tub. But before you make your final choice on which one is best for you, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of cast iron baths to help you make the right decision.

Advantages

Winchester Double Ended Roll Top Cast Iron Bath

  • Cast iron bathtubs are extremely strong and durable which means that choosing one will last you for many years to come.
  • These baths have the ability to retain heat which will keep your bath water warm for long periods of time.
  • Cast iron is extremely difficult to damage and cannot be easily scratched, cracked or dented.
  • These bathtubs are available in a wide selection of designs including the stylish roll top bath and the single or double ended slipper tub which is spacious enough for two.
  • Cast iron is resistant to even the most abrasive cleaners and very easy to keep clean.
  • There is a wide selection of feet and claws available to finish off your tub with an option of either a chrome or white painted look.
  • With a cast iron tub you will be able to choose your own taps and mixers as well as be given the choice of where you’d like them and the plug to be placed in your tub.

Disadvantages

  • Although the fact that a cast iron tub is durable is seen as an advantage, it can also be seen as a disadvantage too as they can be extremely heavy.
  • Cast iron bathtubs are usually quite large in size which can make getting them into smaller bathrooms quite a tricky challenge.
  • Although cast iron can retain heat, it can often take a while to heat up, especially if your bath has been standing in a cold room.

Despite the fact that these tubs come with both advantages and disadvantages, overall the positives completely outweigh the negatives when compared to all the other types of tubs on the market.

Create the ultimate bathroom in your home with a luxurious choice of traditional freestanding cast iron baths from The Cast Iron Bath Company. All of their baths are styled on the late Victorian and Edwardian eras in Britain and France and include  both slipper and roll top baths. They are manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for the highest quality of either a painted or polished finish.

The Unique Construction of the Cast Iron Roll Top Bath

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Bathtubs can be made from a wide range of materials such as acrylic, steel or fibreglass. One of the most desired materials to make a bath out of is cast iron which is why the roll top bath is so desired not only for its looks, but construction too.

Cast iron is an especially ideal choice for a freestanding roll top bath option. The tubs are made by pouring molten iron into a mould to create their strong and impervious nature. The iron is then usually coated with a layer of enamel which is also what gives it its glossy appearance. This process also helps to insulate the tub, helping it to keep your bath water warmer for longer.

The Canterbury Double Ended Slipper Bath

Combined with the roll tops signature curved sides, these baths are virtually indestructible. They are not easily dented, scratched or damaged which is one of the main reasons why having one of your own could potentially last you a lifetime. They are easy to clean and resistant to most strong chemicals and cleaners.

Although the general shape of these baths is fairly plain, there are a number of luxury designs to choose from like the double or single ended slipper bath which can be added to with luxurious paw or claw feet and elegant taps. The clean, traditional lines of the tub will add an elegant feel to any bathroom or master bedroom, making bath time more an indulgent experience than just an everyday soak in the tub.

If you would like a cast iron bath of your own, be sure to get it installed by professionals as they require a fair amount of muscle-power to manoeuvre, as well as an expert hand to drill in the tap and plug holes. More than often you will have the option of choosing where you want these holes to go because depending on the design you choose, you may want them on the side or in the centre of your tub.

For a selection of strong, durable, high end cast iron baths visit The Cast Iron Bath website today. Their baths are styled and designed according to the late Victorian through to Edwardian periods in Britain and France, and manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for a superior quality of finish. Visit them online and choose either a painted or polished roll top bath for your bathroom, all of which are available for immediate delivery in the UK.

History of the Roll Top Bath

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It is no secret that the roll top bath is famous for its traditional appearance. Perhaps this is because they have been around since the early 1800s, however it was only later in the 1880s that these cast iron tubs first began being mass produced.

This was many years after baths in general first came into being. Centuries ago they were used not only for cleaning, but also for ceremonial and religious purposes too. Ancient plumbing systems have been found in India dating back to as early as 3 000BC and evidence of the Romans very sophisticated plumbing systems and large public baths have also been discovered from around 500BC.

After the fall of the Roman Empire and as a result of unsanitary reasons, bathing soon lost its appeal until later in the 11th and 13th centuries when Europe discovered them all over again. However, it was only later in the 1800s that the fashionable side of bathing became the real appeal, hence the debut of the cast iron bath.

In the 19th century more of a hygienic approach was taking to bathing as it become popular in schools and other institutions. Permanent bathtubs were also installed in homes during this time, but unfortunately due to the absence of plumbing they had to be emptied by hand. Soon after the First World War plumbing and bathtub production went into full swing when running water and permanent installation was said to have been finally made possible.

As with most new novelties, the wealthy were the first to have cast iron tubs in their homes as they quickly become associated with as a symbol of status. The baths were usually elevated and placed in the centre of the room which even today is still a popular place to put it for a luxurious finish to a master bedroom. The tubs come in a number of varieties including the slipper bath design which can also make any bathroom look truly spectacular.

The Lincoln Victorian Slipper Bath

Own your own piece of bath time history with a superior quality tub from The Cast Iron Bath Company. Choose from their wide range of cast iron roll top bath designs styled on those created during the late Victorian through to Edwardian periods in Britain and France. Each of their tubs is manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for the highest quality of finish. Visit their website and choose either a painted or polished finish to match your bathroom. All of their baths are available for immediate delivery in the UK.

Enjoy Longer Soaks in a Roll Top Bath

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There is nothing quite as soothing and relaxing as climbing into a red hot bath and allowing yourself to completely unwind. This experience can be made even more special with a cast iron roll top bath because one of the main and most desired elements of them is their unique ability to retain heat for a long period of time.

The Ripon Large Roll Top Bath

Cast iron is an excellent conductor of heat and thanks to its thermal like qualities, has the ability to keep you nice and warm when you get into your bathtub. This could also explain the popularity and effectiveness of cast iron when used in cookery ware, which is known for its heat diffusion capabilities.

Because the baths are made of thick iron they are superb temperature regulators. What this means is that they have the ability to contain heat as well as cold for long periods of time. And although the iron can feel cold to touch at first, once you have filled it with hot water it will soon warm up and stay warm. In addition, when iron bath is in a warmer environment it will heat up quicker and keep its temperature for longer.

When compared to other tubs there is no doubt that cast iron roll top baths have a longer overall lifespan. If looked after properly they can last you for many years as they are extremely durable and almost impossible to dent or scratch. They are the ultimate period tubs and are available in a number of traditional designs with a selection of equally luxurious claws or bath feet to match your dream bathroom.

The tubs come in a wide selection of indulgent designs such as the single ended and double ended slipper bath. This gives you the option of either a luxury soak for two or the perfect treat for one. Roll tops are also more comfortable to lie in with their rounded edges.

Enjoy your bath for longer with a tub from The Cast Iron Bath Company. Choose from their wide range of cast iron roll top bath designs styled on those created during the late Victorian through to Edwardian periods in Britain and France. Each tub is manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for the highest quality of finish. Visit their website and choose either a painted or polished bathtub for your bathroom, all of which are available for immediate delivery in the UK.

Cast Iron Baths vs. Acrylic Baths

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Bathtubs not only come in a wide range of designs, but also in a number of different materials. Acrylic and cast iron baths are two of the most commonly found on the market however, only one of them offers unmistakable quality and luxury.

The Oxford Single Ended Cast Iron Bath

Although nowadays modern tubs are generally constructed from acrylic, there is nothing quite like the traditional look of a cast iron bath. Here are a few reasons why cast iron is the better choice;

  • Cast iron is a heavier and more durable material than acrylic which is why baths that are constructed from it last much longer. In fact, if looked after properly, your cast iron bath could last you a lifetime. Furthermore, they are a lot more difficult to dent or scratch so not only will it last, but it will keep its condition too. Acrylic on the other hand is more lightweight, will not have as long a life span and can easily be damaged.
  • Cast iron tubs are the epitome of extravagance with a wide selection of designs that will add a luxurious element to any bathroom. Acrylic however will not make the same statement as a cast iron tub and offers more of a basic, functional look.
  • Acrylic baths are usually constructed out of an acrylic sheet which is heated and formed over a mould.  Once the shape is made it is reinforced with fibreglass to help with insulation and strength. Cast iron however is created by pouring molten iron into a mould which gives it the ability to absorb heat. The result is longer and hotter soaks in the tub!
  • While acrylic tubs are less resistant to strong and harsh cleaners, cast iron is resistant to most chemicals and therefore easier to clean.

Because bathtubs are one of the most common and required features in the majority of homes around the world, it’s important to choose the right one.

For a selection of high end cast iron baths visit The Cast Iron Bath Company website today. Their tubs are styled on the late Victorian and Edwardian eras in Britain and France, and manufactured using a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern vitrified enamels for the highest quality of finish. Visit their website and choose either a painted or polished bath to complement your bathroom. All their baths are available for immediate delivery in the UK.