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marcellarella

05:12PM | 02/02/07
Member Since: 02/01/07
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Bvplumbing
Hi,

My husband and I just bought our first house recently. We are looking into redoing our 2 upstairs bathrooms in the next year or so. We have pretty much figured the toilets and sinks out as we redid our downstairs bath when we first moved in.

My question is...Does anyone know anything about Americast? We are looking into changing the tub in our guest bath from the standart one-piece unit type deal to a tub and tile type deal. We aren't sure where to start. He says cast iron. But, I am afraid that will be too heavy for our upstairs bath. Our house has a lot of settling 'issues' that are causing cracks at doorways etc... The engineer and inspector said that the settling was no big deal. But, I'm afraid that adding weight to our upstairs will harm the hous further.

Any advice on bathtubs would be so greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance!!

Sylvan

09:27AM | 02/03/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
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I was a firm believer of cast Iron bath tubs until I installed my first acrylic tub in 1981 and never installed another cast iron tub since.

Cast Iron is great for longevity but it can chip and is heavy and it does lose heat because of the mass.

Americast is said to be more chip resistant then cast iron and its holds the heat longer and it is much easier to install and it cost about the same as CI.
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