If there's a new whirlpool bathtub, claw foot bathtub, or simply a new soaking
bath tub in your future, allow us to share some of what we've learned about
bath tub material in the hope that our knowledge will help you choose the best bathtub
for your needs.
We strongly recommend acrylic bathtubs, more specifically, gleaming, cast, cross‑linked,
thermal‑formed acrylic bathtubs, reinforced with fiberglass. Acrylic bathtub
material is naturally lustrous like glass. Bath tubs made with acrylic are non‑staining,
and non‑fading. Acrylic bathtubs have a non‑porous finish that is easy
to clean and warm to the touch. Acrylic bathtubs are lightweight, yet amply strong.
Acrylic material is perfect for various bath tub shapes and sizes because it lends
itself to creative designing ‑ affordably.
Porcelain coated cast iron bathtubs are heavy, expensive, cold, and permanently
unforgiving of scratches or chips. Porcelain bath tub sand‑blasted, "non‑skid"
bottoms can be hard to clean. In fact, these bathtubs are nearly impossible to clean
if its "fractured, sand paper‑like" bottom is scuffed with, say, a
workman's rubber heel, which is something that can easily happen.
Cultured marble bathtubs tend to cost a bit more than acrylic tubs, though less than cast iron. While they do come in many unique shapes, and the onyx finish is a look not found in acrylics, cultured marble bath tubs have some properties that are problematic. The surface of these bathtubs is finished with gelcoat, which is essentially plastic paint. This is the very product that has relegated ordinary fiberglass fixtures to the motel bathroom. They are very brittle and even the heaviest marble bath tub can crack from thermal shock, and should that occur, the only viable cure would be to replace it with a new tub.
Lastly, there is the gelcoated fiberglass bathtub. It is strong, lightweight, less costly than the other bathtub material, and can be fabricated in just about any color or shape. We might even recommend this bath tub material if it were as naturally shiny and as easy to clean as acrylic, if its pigmented surface layer were 4 or 5 times thicker, and if it wouldn't oxidize, fade and discolor like an old jalopy. The fiberglass bathtub, in our minds, makes a better boat than it does a bathtub!
Still not sure which bath tub material is a good fit for you? Ask a Tubz expert. We'll work with you to find a bathtub material suitable for your bathroom and your needs.
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