Bathtubs are the main feature in any bathroom they are in. Bathtubs come in a multitude of styles and the different styles are allow for different purposes.
Once you identify what type of bathtub needs/purpose of the bathtub will serve, the next step is to decide what kind of material you want your bathtub to be made out of. The material of the bathtub is largely dependent on the frequency of use and personal style preference.
Generally thicker than other materials that bathtubs are made of, it is molded into the shape of the bathtub and . A bathtub made of cast iron is finished with an enamel coating, which provides a sleek and stylish look and has the option to be offered in many different colors and patterns. A cast iron tub has the ability to retain heat well and has excellent soundproofing. The durability of its material give the tub the potential to last decades. When installing a cast iron tub, a good support structure is needed because the combined weight of the water and the tub may cause damage
Solid polymer based materials that are used to imitate the look of onyx or granite and finished with a polyester gel coat. the gel coating is less durable than acrylic, but it still is thick and retains heat well. Aesthetically, it mimics the look of natural stone, but offers a cheaper alternative using synthetic materials.
Enamel on Steel
Enamel on Steel is less expensive and less heavy alternative to enameled cast iron. Similar to cast iron tubs, the steel tubs are molded into a bathtub shape and finished with enamel. Enameled steel tubs have a smaller pool of color choices and chip somewhat easily.
Acrylic sheets are heated, formed into a mold and reinforced with fiberglass. It’s high gloss, similar to the enameled look on cast iron and steel tubs, and it’s much lighter weight than iron and steel. It can be scratched more easily but these scratches can also be repaired more easily than a porcelain enamel surface. While acrylic tubs are more on the expensive side, they do hold heat well if insulated and there are a wider choice of styles and shapes available.
A fiberglass backing material finished with a layer of polyester gel coat The gelcoat provides the smooth, glossy surface of the tub and offers an easily cleaned surface. It’s a lot like acrylic but usually not as durable, as it can be scratched and/or cracked if it’s struck hard enough. It is lightweight and economical, but does not retain heat well.
Crushed marble is combined with resins to produce a solid-surface product. Cultured marble is typically covered with a clear gelcoat to provide a durable, easily cleaned and stain resistant surface finish. It’s ability to be “cast” (poured into a mold and formed) makes it a good material for bathtubs. The downside to cultured marble tubs is that they are typically more expensive, It’s also a brittle material may crack and cracks are reparable, but scratches can be buffed out.