Did you know that the pulling out of an old tub and installing a new tub can cost up to three times more than the tub itself? You’ve probably already narrowed your tube down by size, shape and color, but you need to think about what material will be used to create your tub.
Acrylic & Fiberglass. Both plastic products, acrylic and fiberglass tubs are lightweight, warm to the touch and insulate quite well. They can be molded to any shape, allowing the inclusion of integral ledges, armrests and backrests. The downside? Abrasive cleaners will damage that nice, shiny finish so clean with care. Fiberglass, the least expensive option of all, is not very durable and it is prone to fading. While Acrylic is considered a big step up from fiberglass, it too is prone to surface damage. On the other hand, there’s an acrylic tub for every size wallet. The price point plus those handy integral features make acrylic my top pick.
Cast Iron. Clad in a layer of porcelain, cast iron is extremely heavy and, alas, extremely pricey. On the other hand, it is virtually indestructible and has a timeless look and feel that cannot be beat. It also maintains water temperature longest, which is nice for long soaks. A great choice if you can afford it … and if your floorboards can bear the load.
Enameled Steel. These tubs are easy to get and easy to afford. They are durable, resisting corrosion and abrasions for years. Surface dings must be fixed promptly to avoid rusting of the steel layer. A big disadvantage: metal conducts heat, so your bathwater will cool faster in a steel tub.
Composite materials. Fairly new to the market, some composites mimic the look of natural substances, such as marble. Others, like American Standard’s line are designed as light-weight alternatives to cast iron.
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