Clawfoot Tubs: Luxurious Or Impractical?

According to Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, these freestanding fixtures could be doing major damage to your bathroom floors.

Clawfoot tubs are on many a dream home wish list, but beneath the glamour and the daydreams of relaxing nighttime soaks, that freestanding tub could be hiding some nasty water damage, according to , Jonathan and Drew Scott.

"It doesn't butt up against the wall, so you get a lot of spillage and it can cause damage to your wall or can seep in and actually drip down from your bathroom to your lower level ceiling," Jonathan recently told . "This is especially important if you have kids who will inevitably splash water outside the tub. Adults can struggle with clawfoot tubs, too, especially when there's no separate shower."

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For homeowners who want the charming look of a freestanding tub, minus the water damage, some ditching the clawfeet for a deeper, Japanese-style soaking tub. Others say a shower head-curtain combo is your best bet. Though notes even this compromise can be tricky to pull off. "When a freestanding tub has to double as a shower stall base, it can be tough to make the curtain work in your favor, and there is limited space for standing."

Even with a curtain in place, Drew notes that the surrounding surfaces are important to consider if you want to avoid a major bathroom overhaul down the road: "If you're going to do it as both a shower and a tub, it has to be in a wet room. You have to have everything tiled and waterproof," he says.

So much for those clawfoot tub dreams, but we'll indulge you anyway...

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