Whether you’re planning a brand-new bathroom or want to breathe new life into an existing bath space with a shower replacement, it’s always prudent to compare options. After all, knowing what something has to offer will help you decide if it’s right for you. If you’re in the market for a new tub, you can get started with comparing popular choices of porcelain and acrylic.
Made from stamped steel or cast iron coated with porcelain enamel, porcelain tubs feature a nice sheen with a smooth surface characteristic of the antique aesthetic. They boast natural resistance to scratches, making cleaning and maintenance easy.
While their sheen makes them beautiful, it also makes porcelain tubs slippery, making them a fall hazard. They also don’t retain heat well and can chip with hard impact.
An acrylic tub replacement is made with solid sheets constructed from combined materials molded into a desired shape and size and then reinforced with fiberglass. They are non-porous, so they won’t absorb excess water and are great at resisting mildew growth and the usual bathroom stains.
Unfortunately, acrylic tubs flex, making them not very stable to stand on. They are also prone to scratches, although they can be restored after years of use.
What Should You Get?
This depends on your needs, preferences and what you can compromise with. If you are considering aging-in-place upgrades, for example, you might have to give porcelain tubs a second thought because of the fall risk they present. If you want to place a premium on sturdiness, on the other hand, going with acrylic tubs might not be the best idea since they flex. You should also factor in the cost and the amount of upkeep a tub requires to stay beautiful and functional.
Ready to get a new tub? South Shore Dream Bath is the expert to turn to for all your bathroom remodeling needs. Considering changing a tub to a shower instead? We have you covered. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (781) 427-7569 or fill out our contact form. Schedule a free consultation with us today!