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American Standard's Innovation and the Americast Bathtub



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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
Bathtubs built by American Standard have been being manufactured since the early twentieth century. The company is famous for producing bathroom fixtures, and within the industry, American Standard is known for its innovation. The Americast bathtub is one of its current, innovative gems, and as a result of their product's high quality design and construction, the company’s products can be found in homes around the globe.

The History of American Standard
In 1929, American Radiator Company merged with Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company, whose roots traced back to 1875, and as a result of this merger the American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corporation was formed. Since this new name was long and cumbersome, it was cleaned up to become American Standard, which is the name that the company still uses. Homeowners today take many of American Standard’s innovations completely for granted. For example, before the company had the brilliant idea of designing a built in bathtub, most bathrooms were even more cramped with a large, freestanding tub in the middle of the floor.

Another process that has been standard on bathtubs for many years can also be attributed to American Standard’s innovation. They were the first company to perfect the process for adding enamel to a cast iron tub. Cleaning a cast iron tub is quite a chore, because the surface is porous and unrefined. By adding quartz to a porcelain mixture, the company created a durable coating for the cast iron, and the resulting enamel surface was smooth, non porous and easy to clean. They have also perfected a non slip enamel with much the same formula.

New Materials Yield Americast Bathtubs
As newer materials became available, American Standard has used many of them in their products. While original products were constructed from cast iron and enamel, newer models can also be made of acrylic or Americast material, which was developed as a result of seven years of testing and research. This new material, first introduced in 1988, is light and strong, and it is a proprietary material used by American standard. While a tub made from the Americast material is as thick structurally as a cast iron bathtub, it only carries about half of the weight of the older material.

Constructed in three layers, the Americast bathtub offers a limited lifetime warranty. In the first layer of construction it is cast as a bathtub mold for shape. Then it is covered with a quality alloy for strength, and finished with smooth enamel for easy maintenance. Since the material is particularly malleable, it allows more flexibility with bathtub shape during construction. This innovative construction also helps to keep the water in the tub warmer longer.

A Variety of Americast Models
The tubs can be found in several different models including the Cambridge Tub, the Stratford Tub, and the Princeton Collection. Starting with the Princeton Collection, the consumer finds an elegantly traditional styled tub. They come in a variety of colors and finishes, and the tubs are recessed. Colors include black, beige, silver and white, and they each have a non slip floor. The lustrous, porcelain finish is acid resistant adding to the tub's strength and durability. Additional customizations are available on the design like a luxury ledge, which is wider than the standard ledge.

Anyone wishing to upgrade to a premium air bath or whirlpool will enjoy the 5.5 foot Stratford Tub. Designed as a deep soak tub, the drain is placed in such a way that in allows the tub's water level to be higher. Then it is finished with the same surface as the Princeton Collection tubs.

For a commercial application, the Cambridge Tub, which also has the optional whirlpool, is designed with a deep soak drain, and like all of the other collections is finished in enamel with a non slip floor surface.
Senior staff writer Jilda Peterson of WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, writes “How To” articles on decorating with asian wall decor and southwestern metal art decor.

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