When renovating your bathroom, be sure consider the material, rather than just the installation costs. You’ll be surprised at what benefits each one has to offer.
Acrylic: Beautiful and very light in weight, acrylic bathtubs are one of the most popular choices as it not only looks good, but is quite affordable and versatile; allowing it to be relocated more than once. To prevent it from cracking and chipping, it is reinforced with fibreglass.
Cast Iron: What is most fascinating about cast iron is that once it is moulded, it is nearly impossible to dent or even scratch. While we can appreciate that it is made from poured molten iron, it is rather expensive.
Fibreglass: Manufactured by building up layers of fibreglass and then spray coated with polyester resin. As a material, fibreglass is flexible, and as an overall product, it is one of the more affordable options.
Ceramic Tile: Perhaps the oldest, the ceramic tile surround is manufactured on site by creating the form out of wood studs covered with concrete board. Thereby, the ceramic tile is laid on the concrete board with an appropriate amount of mortar, and grout fills the gaps between the tiles. Recently, people choose to have a bath tub custom made to fit in their bath surround. This way cleaning requirement are reduced drastically.
Marble: Yes, you can also have a marble bathtub. The advantage of having one is little more than appearance, but beware that it may crack if exposed to a thermal shock, and can be etched by hard water. A marble bathtub can perhaps be used as a luxury item in a spare bathroom used on special occasions.
Cultured Marble: Despite, being titled so, cultured marble is not actually made from marble. It is called so because the finished product merely looks like marble. Polyester resin and limestone are mixed together and then given a gel coat finish. Think of cultured marble as the cheaper alternative to marble; it is after all cheaper than marble and cast iron, but slightly more expensive than acrylic.
Steel: Fairly mid-priced for a metal and much lighter than cast iron, the steel bathtub is common in new home constructions and high in quantity of units sold as replacements. The steel bathtub is available in a porcelain finish, remaining ever-durable and resistant to many chemicals and abrasion.
Stone: While most solid surface bathtubs are fairly new to the bathtub market, it’s been an alternative to granite and marble countertops for a while. It is very much a stylish high end option, and apart from looking look, it can maintain all types of bathroom temperatures for longer periods of time than other baths.
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