Bathtubs are a special addition to your bathroom. It is very relaxing to take a bath in a bathtub but it can be very worrisome while investing in one. There are many types of tubs available on the market. In general, porcelain tubs are heavier than acrylic bathtubs. Each of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. So you should learn about these factors before you invest in the wrong one.
A porcelain bathtub provides a classic look in the bathroom. On the other hand acrylic is more modern. Acrylic is easier to incorporate with any color. Also acrylic bathtubs can be shaped in different designs as it is constructed with softer materials.
Acrylic and porcelain bathtubs are different and made with iron or steel and glass or tile. Porcelain bathtub is constructed in steel sheeting then coated with porcelain enamel and then high temperature fired. On the other hand, Acrylic tubs are made from acrylic sheets that are reinforced with fibreglass and molded through a thermal process so it can retain heat for a longer period. Both the materials are equally popular in modern days.
Replacing a bathtub isn’t easy and also not a fun thing for anyone. So let’s look into the advantages and disadvantages of two of the most popular bathtub materials.
Acrylic vs Porcelain Bathtub
Heat retention: porcelain bathtubs are more likely to lose heat more quickly than acrylic bathtubs. Acrylic bathtubs have a smooth nonporous surface that is warm to the touch. Porcelain tends to release heat easily so water temperature gets cold faster while acrylic bathtubs are heat resistant and can retain heat for a longer period. But some porcelain bathtubs are foam insulated so they can retain heat for a bit longer than the regular porcelain tubs.
Durability: Porcelain bathtubs have a harder surface than acrylic bathtubs. Which means porcelain bathtubs are more resistant to scratches while acrylic bathtubs are more prone to build scratches. But a hard impact can chip porcelain. However such chipping can be repaired easily as there’s a lot of kits available on the market. You can buy them and fix these on your own or seek a professional’s help. Acrylic tubs are reinforced with fibreglass which improves its durability. Never buy a cheap acrylic bathtub as they are reinforced with a little fibreglass which lessens its durability.
Expenses: Porcelain bathtubs are constructed with expensive materials hence it is more pricier than Acrylic bathtubs. Moreover you have to carry more expenses in the maintenance of a porcelain bathtub than an acrylic bathtub. So the overall porcelain tub is way much more expensive than an acrylic tub.
Cleaning: An acrylic bathtub can be cleaned easily with only mild non abrasive liquid cleaners. It has the ability to carry chemical products so acrylic bathtubs are more popular among parlours and spas. A porcelain bathtub also can be cleaned easily with either the mixture of detergent and baking soda paste or warm water and baking soda paste. Scouring powders can leave scratches on porcelain bathtub though these scratches won’t be visible at the beginning. As the time passes they become visible and stubborn. Never use any acids or harsh chemical products on a porcelain tub because it may damage the porcelain surface.
Design: Porcelain bathtubs are very heavy and made with harder materials so it’s a bit tough to manipulate and use. Porcelain tubs have very limited colours and shapes. On the other hand acrylic bathtubs are lightweight so it’s very easy to be shaped. Acrylic bathtubs have more designs and sizes available on the market than the porcelain. You are getting more options to choose from the acrylic bathtubs.
Popularity: Both porcelain and acrylic bathtubs are very popular and are top selling bathtub materials in the word. Porcelain tubs provide a very classic feel while the other one is modern and comes in different colours. People admire both modern and classic design so both porcelain and acrylic bathtub are equally popular.
Although acrylic are more versatile than porcelain bathtubs, there are some other considerations. Talk with your local authority about trash disposal and recycling. Some of the cities won’t allow porcelain tubs to be recycled. It can only be disposed of in trash.
Also talk to your bathroom designer about the sizes if the bathtub fits your bathroom. There’s varieties of shapes and design available on the market. You can read some reviews to check customers’ opinions.
Overall, I find acrylic bathtubs better than porcelain bathtubs as they are more affordable, versatile and come in a number of shapes, sizes and designs. Also if you are fond of taking a hot bath then acrylic bathtub is your first option to think about. but if you want your bathtub to last for a decade then you should go for a porcelain bathtub.