Comparing Bathtub Materials before Starting Your Bathroom Renovation

How do you choose a bathtub material? Well, the best thing to do is to get as much information as possible and make an informed decision.

Here are some details about six tub materials you could go with, courtesy of Studio Il Bagno, a designer bathroom and kitchen furnishings company.

  1. Acrylic: According to Studio Il Bagno, acrylic is moderately priced and affordable. It’s a pretty popular choice for bathtubs because it’s naturally warm, easy to maintain, resilient and able to be formed into soft contours. It’s also lightweight and strong.
  2. Enamelled cast iron: This is what we also know as porcelain. While it’s a classic choice, this material is losing popularity. This is mainly due to the weight of the enamelled cast iron; otherwise, it’s a durable choice of bathtub. Be careful using abrasive cleaners on porcelain as they can destroy the shine. Generally the baked enamel is resistant to scratching, cracking and chipping but if one of those things does happen, you will require a professional to repair your tub. Cast iron is usually more expensive than acrylic, so if you’re on a tight budget, this probably isn’t the best choice.
  3. Gel-coated fibreglass: Studio Il Bagno says gel-coated fibreglass is inexpensive, strong, lightweight and available in lots of shapes and sizes. The downside to this material is that it doesn’t last very long. Fibreglass can be vulnerable to mildew, mould and stains. Over time, the material may also crack and become chalky.
  4. Cultured marble: This might be a pretty choice, but it’s a temporary one. According to Studio Il Bagno, cultured marble is a blend of crushed limestone, fibreglass resins and fillers covered in a clear gel coat. That gel coat makes the material durable, nonporous, shiny and stain resistant – but only for as long as the gel coat lasts. Once it wears away, the porous material beneath it becomes hard to keep clean. Il Bagno also notes that if you are considering cultured marble, be careful when purchasing it. Examine the underside of the material – if it is porous and full of bubbles, don’t buy.
  5. European steel enamel: These tubs, popular in Europe, are easy to care for and hygienic. They resist scratches, hits, UV rays, chemicals, heat and limescale. Steel enamel baths are often available in narrower-than-normal widths – great for small homes and modern condo bathrooms.
  6. Natural materials: There is always the option to go with a more natural material such as brass, copper, glass, granite, real marble, onyx or wood. You can certainly choose one of these for a real show stopping bathtub. Just do some research to find out how to care for the material you choose, as they will all have specific requirements.

If you’re planning a bathroom renovation in Oakville, Milton, Burlington or Mississauga, why not give us a call? Bathrooms are our specialty and we’ll give you a free quote. Call us today at 647-300-1242.

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