Tub help-tile flange

axxis_roseMay 22, 2012

I'm renovating 2 bathrooms and now it's down to the wire for ordering tubs. It's been a difficult process as I have an unusual set-up: narrow, small bathrooms, with room for a tub to go into a corner. One tub will be used as tub only; the other as a tub/shower. I tried to find something suitable to replace my beautiful old cast iron tubs with rounded edge from the 1920s, but the only one I could find was by Waterworks for $9,000! I don't want to reglaze because I've heard about, and seen, peeling in other tubs. Then I learned that all cast iron tubs now have textured bottoms which get dirty-looking so that's out. After much searching I've settled on the idea of a built in Duravit D-Code acrylic tub. They come in the exact sizes I need and have spacious interiors. And, they're not too pricey. They're also available with paneling, but I am not crazy about the seam. So, I think on one I will tile, and the other I'll do a marble slab for the tub/shower, which will also have a glass wall instead of shower curtain.

So here is my question: what is a tile flange and does this tub have one? Will I regret not having one? I've read through many discussions here and honestly am still not sure what a tile flange is. I am running out of time, my head is spinning and I could seriously use some help. Thanks in advance!

The link shows photos of the Duravit D-Code tub with tile, and with panel.

Here is a link that might be useful: Duravit D-Code Tub

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"What is a tub flange?"
It's a "raised rim" around the edges of the tub that will sit against the shower walls.

The tile overlaps the flange, directing water that runs down the wall into the tub:

If your tub does not have a tub flange, you can sometimes by an add-on flange kit:

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 12:27AM
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Super helpful, thank you. I get it now!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 10:37PM
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The above drawings are super!

A tile flange is a really good idea if the bathtub will also be used as a shower, as it prevents the water from seeping down behind the bath (over time).

I had great difficulty finding a contemporary looking bath that was deep enough to use as a proper soaker, but also came with a tile flange so that it could be used as a shower...

I eventually found some great options by Zuma Collection. Factory installed tile flanges (like the integral one shown in the above picture) are available as an extra option. Some of their tubs do have the same contemporary look of Duravit too!

It the bath is to be used as a shower a LOT, I would be a bit worried that the add-on tile flange would eventually leak a bit. But I am a bit paranoid about this sort of thing! :-)

Good luck with your project!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 9:33AM
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Thanks Ruth! After I thought I had made up my mind I am now looking at another tub, the Mirabelle Edenton, which I only know of thanks to this wonderful forum. The Edenton has an integrated tile flange (yay!) and the added bonus of a sleek apron front so I don't have to tile. Now I just have to figure out what "tub has no access panel" means for me, and whether the textured bottom would get dirty looking like the bottom of the cast iron tubs on the market today.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 9:25PM
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I just looked it up and the Mirabelle Edenton is a really GREAT looking bathtub! :-) Aprons can be so tricky, but this one looks really sleek and fab!

Keep up posted on what you learn! Your new bathroom will be fab!!!

Good luck!


    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 2:02PM
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Sophie Wheeler

"No access panel" means that you will need to have an adjacent hatch in a wall or closet to service the pump or other innards of a jetted tub. The hatch will need to be on the motor end.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 5:05PM
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This thread is worth it's weight in gold.
Had no idea what a flange tub was.
Now I do!
Thanks a million!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 4:19PM
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