Steel baths are created by pressing a sheet of steel into shape, then coating the tub with an enamel finish. In recent years, the rise in popularity of acrylic baths have seen steel baths become less common but they remain the strongest, most luxurious option for your bathroom. If you're looking for a large, durable bathtub, steel is a great choice. The enamel coating of steel baths means they can feature a brilliant white appearance that acrylic can't achieve. The only negative of this is that cheaper baths might be susceptible to chipping. HeatandPlumb.com only supply the best quality steel bathtubs, which will survive a lifetime of use and are almost impossible to damage accidentally.
Steel-enamel baths are more resistant to sunlight and chemicals than acrylic baths, meaning they won't change colour or lose the vividness of their white finish. Steel baths are recyclable, making them one of the most environmentally friendly choices for outfitting your bathroom. While steel is colder to the touch than acrylic, it's a highly conductive material and will warm up rapidly when filled with hot water, in turn keeping it warmer for longer. Steel bathtubs are available in a number of shapes and sizes, with single and double models available in both rectangular and freestanding variations.
Why should I consider a steel bath?
Before the invention of acrylic, all baths were made from steel coated in a thick layer of enamel. Acrylic is cheaper and lighter, but nothing really matches the style and feel of a real steel bath. Steel baths have a longer lifespan, and the enamel can be replaced or reapplied multiple times to keep your bath looking brand new. Steel coated with enamel also retains heat better than acrylic baths, keeping your water warmer for longer. Enamel can also be coloured in your choice of paint shade.
Steel bath styles
Our extensive range of baths contains steel baths in all styles, whether you're looking for a standard rectangular bath designed to sit against the wall, or a freestanding roll top bath for a more traditional look. Of course, it's entirely up to you what you choose, but we'd advise choosing a steel bath which fits in with the other items which you have chosen for your bathroom. As steel baths coated in enamel can be finished in colours other than white, many customers choose a steel bath as a chance to make a statement, and it certainly gives the opportunity to create a bathroom very different from everyone else's.
Installing and caring for a steel bath
Steel and enamel baths are significantly heavier than the same bath made out of acrylic, which is something to consider if you're going to try to move the bath up a flight of stairs. Depending on the size of your bath and the type of floor, you might have to have the floor strengthened, but a plumber will be able to give advice on this. When it comes to cleaning, a little more care needs to be taken on enamel surfaces. Don't use anything abrasive or with granules which might scratch the surface, or anything too acidic which might, over time, eat away at the enamel and discolour it. Washing up liquid or a soapy cleaning liquid usually works best. If your steel and enamel bath does start looking a bit scratched or patchy, you don't have to throw away the whole bath, just have it re-enamelled.
What else will I need to buy?
The other items you'll need to buy with your steel and enamel bath will mostly depend on its style. For traditional rectangular baths, you'll need to source bath panels to hide the underside of the bathtub from view, and the number of panels will depend on where you're positioning your bath. If you're buying a freestanding bath, you might need feet to position the bath on the floor, and whatever the type of bath you'll need some taps. Choosing to add a shower over your new bath also gives additional bathing possibilities, and our wide range of showers ensures that there is the perfect shower out there for your new bath.