Buying a Bathtub: The Advantages of Acrylic
It’s well worth taking the time to consider the difference your bathtub’s material will make. Here’s a quick guide to why acrylic is often the best option.
Acrylic bathtubs are made from vacuum-formed sheets of coloured acrylic, to which fiberglass sheets are added below for reinforcement. Acrylic is probably the most popular bathtub material, and not without good reason. Here are just a few of the many advantages of the material.
Comes in all Shapes and Sizes
Acrylic comes in soft, flexible sheets. This means it can be moulded into a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and even colours. If you’re after a specific bathroom style or you need to accommodate a smaller tub, then acrylic is probably your best bet.
Keeps your Bathwater Warm
Acrylic tubs boast a smooth surface. Touch one even under normal conditions and you’ll notice that it already feels quite warm. This tells you that it is exceptionally good at retaining heat. Your bath will remain warmer for much longer, so acrylic is the perfect material for those of us who like to end their day with a long, hot soak.
Easy to Clean
Some bathtub materials – such as fiberglass – are tricky to keep clean, since their non-porous surfaces lets in dirt and grime. Others can be quickly discoloured by some common cleaning materials. Acrylic, on the other hand, keeps looking its best with almost no effort. All you need is a standard cleaner and a few wipes from a cloth.
Stays in Great Condition
Acrylic bathtubs aren’t just easy to clean – they’re also extremely durable. Though not as tough as sturdy old ceramic bathtubs, they hold up without any of those irksome problems like peeling, cracking, and chipping, that you get with ceramic. Additionally, any damage that does occur can be corrected extremely easily. Scratched your pristine new bath? No problem: rub it thoroughly with sandpaper, give it a good polish, and it’ll be as good as new.
You may never have paid much attention to what your bathtub is made of before. But it’s an important decision, and acrylic is always a good one.