Acrylic, plastic, fibreglass, stone, wood, metal, and more – all these materials have found their use in the bathroom, with some materials, like wood and stone, having been used for centuries. But in your quest for the perfect bath – whether you are opting for a freestanding bath or a built-in or alcove bath – it’s important that you select the right material for your needs. Whilst all the above-mentioned materials have their merits, the material you choose should offer you the most advantages according to what you require. So what materials are available, and which material do you select?
- Plastic baths
We are all familiar with heavy-duty plastic, as it can be found everywhere in the building and construction industry. But did you know that you can also purchase a plastic bath? Baths made from plastic are a budget-friendlier alternative to baths made from other materials, and plastic is also quite good at holding and retaining heat. In addition, a plastic bath may be less likely to chip compared to a bath made of iron and coated with enamel, but it may be prone to scratching.
- Fibreglass baths
Fibreglass baths are all the rage in some quarters, and for good reason. This type of material is known for being strong and sturdy yet lightweight as well, and it is also not as expensive as other materials. Furthermore, it’s versatile and can be moulded into various sizes and shapes. Beware, though: fibreglass can be prone to stain and mildew buildup, so it needs to be cleaned regularly. Another issue is fading as well as the formation of spider cracks.
- Metal baths
If you are going for the traditional, classic, and old-world look – and you can afford it as well – then a metal bath may just be for you. Metal baths are made from cast iron which is coated with enamel, which is also referred to as porcelain. For freestanding baths, porcelain has always been a popular choice. But despite their advantages, metal baths can be heavy so you may need additional support for your flooring. Porcelain baths may also offer some limitations when it comes to shape and size and the retention of heat.
- Acrylic baths
Arguably one of the most popular materials around, acrylic baths are inexpensive and versatile, and can be used for different bath designs such as freestanding baths and whirlpool baths. Acrylic is known for being easy to maintain, and it stays warm as well. It is designed to resist chipping and cracking, and it can also resist chemicals and the growth or buildup of mildew or mould. Acrylic may be prone to scratches, though, so just use mild cleaners rather than abrasive ones when keeping it clean.