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Tub 07-09-2012 03:32 PM

Anyone ever heard of UltraCAST tubs?
Hi there:

We're looking to remodel our old condo bathroom, and we've narrowed our bathtub choices down to a Sterling Performa tub (made of Vikrell) and a Briggs Liberty tub (made of something called UltraCAST.)

I've seen plenty of posts here about the Vikrell tubs, but haven't seen anything on UltraCAST. It sounds similar to the Americast tubs made by American Standard.

The tub will get plenty of use—at least 2-3 showers a day and 4-5 baths a week—so we want something that will hold up to a family of four. And we can't use cast iron because we live in a fourth-floor walk-up with crazy tight stairs.

Any input would be appreciated...

Javiles 07-09-2012 10:16 PM

I have installed quite a few ameri cast tubs over the years they seem to hold up well with the proper care, mainly cleaning solutions. Go over the warranty very carefully. Briggs brand has been around a long time they usually stand behind there warranty.

Tub 07-10-2012 01:06 PM

Thanks for the quick response, Javiles.

I went back to the hardware store last night and took another look at the tubs. The UltraCAST seemed more substantial than the Vikrell and had a better "sound" to it when I hit it with my hand. So right now, I'm leaning toward the Briggs UltraCAST.

It was good to hear that Briggs has been around a while and that they stand behind their products. I'll make sure to follow their suggestions on how to keep it clean.

Another quick question: Do you usually set these types of tubs in mortar when you install them? I know some people say you should, others say it's not needed. (I plan on calling the company to see what they suggest; the installation directions online don't mention mortar—either to use it or not to use it. I just want to make sure I won't be voiding the warranty.)

Take care....

Javiles 07-11-2012 07:34 AM

Recommend you follow the manufactures installation instructions any other may void the warranty.

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