Choices, choices and more choices. Bathtubs come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Cost, maintenance, appearance and comfort; each material comes with it’s own set of pros and cons and suits a different style of bathroom. Make sure you aren’t compromising on quality and making the maintenance your bathroom harder than it needs to be!
Here is a list of 4 readily available choices for bathtub material:
- Fiberglass: This bathtub material is one of the cheapest options available. It is lightweight, easily installed and has a finish you can repair quite easily. However, fiberglass finishes are quite prone to cracking, scratches and fading. Fiberglass tubs are a very thin material, can be quite flexible and, as a result, are not very durable.
- Enameled Steel: Also known as porcelain on steel. Once again, this is a relatively inexpensive option, though a more stable and resilient option than the fiberglass. Enameled steel is easy to clean, durable, resistant to most chemicals and retains its shine for a long time. Downsides include a propensity to rust and chipping, a heavier weight and limitations to size and shapes.
- Acrylic: An acrylic tub uses sheets of fiberglass for strength under vacuum-formed sheets of acrylic. Its advantages are the same as that of a fiberglass tub only priced somewhat higher. Acrylic tubs also come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Disadvantages include a finish that can scratch or fade over time.
- Cast Iron: Cast Iron tubs last a very, very long time. They are durable and resist chipping, dents, scratches and most chemicals. Cast Iron also comes in a range of colours and has a luxurious feel to it. The material is great at retaining heat. While full of advantages, the cast iron tub comes with a range of disadvantages. They are heavy. Extra labor may be necessary for installation and additional floor reinforcement may be required, depending on the floor and structure of the home.
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