Tub Style: Drop-in, Undermount, Alcove or Freestanding?

There are 4 Basic Styles of Tub Installation

Many baths can be Drop-in or Undermount while others are specifically for Freestanding or Alcove
Oval Tub With decorative Rim
Some tubs are designed for drop-in installation, where the tub is “dropped-in”, or sits in, a hole cut out of the tub “deck”, or surrounding, supporting area, made of material such as granite, marble, tile or a product such as Corian®.
Oval Undermount Bathtub

Other baths are designed for “under mounting,” an installation type where the tub is mounted underneath the tub deck, and the deck is cut out so that the opening exactly mimics the size and shape of the top of the tub bowl itself, leaving only the inside of the tub bowl visible. The product page for each tub indicates whether a tub is suitable for under mounting.
Oval Freestanding Tub with Flat Rim
Another type of installation refers to baths designed to be “freestanding”. Freestanding tubs do not require any surrounding material because they are designed to stand alone.
Alcove Tub with Skirt and Tile Flange
The last installation type commonly found is what is referred to as “alcove”. Within the plumbing industry this refers to an installation where there are three walls surrounding the tub, with each wall’s surface sitting directly on top of the tub’s deck. A tile flange is required on each side for this type of installation to provide a water-tight and finished appearance.

From this very high-level overview of the MTI tub product range, you can see that MTI offers a choice of hydrotherapies, a wide range of models, in a variety of designs, sizes, shapes, installation type and material construction from which to choose. It’s easy to understand why MTI is becoming the manufacturer of choice for homeowners and professionals alike. See MTI tubs on Tubz.com.

Information Courtesy of MTI

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