Acrylic Baths Vs Steel Baths
A bath is the focal point of any new bathroom and as well as lots of styles to choose from, baths are also made from many different materials. If you are trying to decide between acrylic and steel, there are advantages and disadvantages to each that you may wish to bear in mind.
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Baths made from acrylic have many positive attributes. Because acrylic baths are manufactured by molding the material, they are available in many shapes and sizes. Acrylic also comes in many thicknesses: 3mm, 5mm, and 8mm, and the thickness will affect the price. Most acrylic baths are reinforced from beneath with glass fiber to add strength and insulating properties.
• Excellent thermal properties. They are warm to the touch, feel warm when you climb into them and they retain heat well when filled.
• Acrylic baths are relatively lightweight.
• Acrylic is highly resistant to impact damage and if something is dropped into an acrylic bath it stands more chance of resisting chipping than it’s steel equivalent.
• It is possible to repair a damaged acrylic bath by filling and repairing small chips and scratches.
• Acrylic is non-porous and does not harbor bugs, germs or mildew.
• Acrylic offers excellent value for money.
• Because acrylic is so malleable, acrylic baths are available in a much wider range of shapes and styles than steel baths.
• They are strong. Many acrylic baths are reinforced with fiberglass to add rigidity.
• Some types of acrylic have a special non-porous surface making them resistant to household chemicals.
• All bath types (Jacuzzi, roll-top, freestanding, etc.) are available in an acrylic finish.
• Tap holes can be drilled on-site to allow customer flexibility.
• Good quality acrylic baths offer the strength of cast iron with all the benefits of modern material.
• Some abrasive cleaners and cloths will scratch the surface of an acrylic bath.
• They can crack but this is very rare and is usually not due to how they have been used but how they were transported before they were installed.
• An inexpensive acrylic bath can creak and flex when filled.
Steel Baths or Porcelain Enameled Steel
Like acrylic, steel baths have many positive attributes. They are available in many different shapes and sizes including double-ended or can be fitted with hydrotherapy whirlpool jets and are available with and without tap holes.
• Steel baths cannot be beaten for durability. They are stronger than acrylic and cast iron.
• Once hot, a steel bath will retain its heat helping to keep the water hot for longer.
• Steel baths will resist scratching, even when scrubbed. They are also resistant to damage by household chemicals.
• Steel does not harbor bugs, germs, or mildew and remains hygienic at all times.
• It is easy to clean and keep clean.
• The vitreous enamel finish is extremely hard-wearing.
• Unlike vacuum-formed acrylic, steel is pressed so it can be used to form sharper, flatter, angular lines; great if you like the minimalist look.
• Some Bette steel baths are very heavy.
• Steel baths are not available in all bath types.
• Steel baths tend to be more traditional in style so finding your perfect contemporary steel bath might be more a challenge.
• Steel baths are easy to damage with impact. Dropping something sharp or heavy into an enamel bath is likely to cause chips or flakes to the surface.