Opinions on bathtub material
I've only ever had cast iron (or at my mom's house one of the old steel tubs) bathtubs. My new house will have a shower in the master and a tub in bath 2. I was really thinking I wanted cast iron but I'm not finding a lot of deeper cast iron tubs that will fit in a standard 5' alcove. For the cast iron tubs, my 1st choice would be the Kohler Memoirs but it's 34" wide. My back-up choice was the Kohler Bellwether, but I feel like it's a little contemporary for the look I'm going for. I've also looked at Toto (not deep enough) and Sunrise Specialty (liked but can't find somewhere local that has one to see). The 5' Tea for Two is nice but does adding tile to the front increase the width?
So I'm wondering if I should consider other materials? Can someone compare AS Americast to Cast Iron? And for a house I plan to stay in, would you absolutely rule out? I do like the looks of the Kohler 5' Bancroft tub, and like the idea of the Bask heated surface but I have no experience with acrylic tubs.