When it comes to installing tub and shower surrounds, homeowners usually have a hard time choosing between acrylic and fiberglass. Nevertheless, your tub and shower replacement contractor will likely recommend acrylic materials for your bathroom.
Continue reading to learn more about the characteristics of acrylic tub and shower surrounds that make them the ideal choice.
Smooth and Glossy
Acrylic shower materials are smooth and comfortable to walk on even in cooler temperatures. They are also visually appealing due to their high-gloss finish. If well-maintained, acrylic shower and tub surrounds remain glossy until the end of their service life. On the other hand, their fiberglass tub and shower surrounds fade over the years and are not as smooth.
The glossy smooth finish of acrylic makes it damage-resistant. Shower and tub surrounds that are made with this material can exceptionally withstand chipping, scratching and cracking. However, they are not completely safe from damage caused by normal wear and tear. Acrylic bathroom fixtures require regular maintenance to ensure their longevity and optimal performance. For more information about acrylic bathroom materials, consult an experienced shower and tub replacement contractor.
Generally, acrylic showers and tubs last up to 30 years while fiberglass units have a shorter lifespan of 15 years. This is due to the thicker and more solid composition of acrylic materials, which are fortified with resin and glass fibers. On the other hand, fiberglass is made of glass strings woven together to form the material.
Easy to Clean
Unlike fiberglass, acrylic shower and tub surrounds are easy to clean and don’t require scrubbing. They can be cleaned using dish soap, water and a clean cloth. Moreover, the seal of acrylic materials can last long so you don’t have to worry about resealing it regularly or waterproofing it in the future.
Whether you are changing a tub to a shower or planning to build a new bathroom, South Shore Dream Bath has you covered. We have the skills, knowledge and tools to make your space comfortable, safe and aesthetically pleasing. Get started on your bathroom remodeling today by calling us at (781) 733-5405 or completing our online form.