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Bathtub Materials and their Pros and Cons

Bathtub Materials and their Pros and Cons

Once you’ve decided on the type of bathtub you want (alcove, free-standing, drop-in, etc.), you will then need to pick out which material you want for your bathtub. The choice of material for your bathtub is very important because it will make a big difference for how long your bathtub lasts and also how much work goes into maintaining it. Here are your basic options and the pros and cons of each.

Acrylic Bathtubs

This is the most common type of material used for bathtubs, so you will have the most options. It is also one of the cheapest bathtub materials. It has the benefit of being lightweight, durable, easy to care for, and scratches can be repaired with relative ease. The downside is that some people don’t like the plastic-like appearance.

Fiberglass Gelcoat Bathtubs

These tubs are made from a type of plastic which is reinforced with fiberglass. They are one of the cheapest options for bathtubs you will find, but are not very strong or durable. They also are prone to getting mildew.

Cultured Marble Bathtubs

These tubs are made from a blend of crushed limestone, resin, and other fillers. The tub surface looks very beautiful and they are generally very durable and strong. However, once the protective coating of veneer wears off the tub, the porous limestone will be exposed and becomes very difficult to clean.

Enameled Cast Iron Bathtubs

Antique tubs are usually made from enameled cast iron, but you can find some modern tubs also made from this material. It has the benefit of being very durable and strong, and the surface has a very attractive glossy appearance. The downside is that these tubs are incredibly heavy (they may require extra floor support). These tubs can be difficult to clean and scratches are hard to repair. Also, the tub takes a while to warm up.

Composite Bathtubs

These tubs are engineered from heavy-gauge steel, resins, and a porcelain enamel. They have the appearance, durability, and heat-retention properties of a cast iron tub, but at only about 1/3 of the weight.

Natural Stone Bathtubs

If you have it in your budget, a natural stone bathtub, such as one made from marble, can be a gorgeous centerpiece for your bathroom. Aside from the cost, these tubs have the downside of requiring special care.

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