When you’re giving your bathroom an updated look, the most important choice you make won’t be new lighting or the colour of the walls. Instead, it will be the frequently overlooked material from which your bath or shower is made. You’ve ruled out ceramic and stone tiles because they need more attention and maintenance (i.e., recurring sealing and grout cleaning), and this leaves you with two options: acrylic or fiberglass. While the two may seem similar, there are a few important distinctions. Here are the top three differences between the materials:
While there’s more upfront cost, acrylic showers are sturdier and longer lasting than their fiberglass counterparts, which makes them a better long-term investment. Since they’re more durable, acrylic tubs and showers aren’t easily damaged.
One of the most important differences is that, unlike fiberglass, acrylic is nonporous. This not only means it’s more stain resistant and will retain its shine, but hard-water buildup, mold and soap scum are prevented from seeping into the material.
And if design options (including colour) are important to you, acrylic has the upper hand. Not only is it in a variety of shades, its colour is mixed throughout the acrylic, instead of only being applied on the surface like it is with fiberglass. This means if the acrylic happens to get scratched, it can be buffed, leaving the surface polished and scratch-free. Additionally, while fiberglass will discolour over time, acrylic will keep its original colour and shine.
Once you’ve decided that acrylic is the best option for your bathroom remodel, browse the entire selection of bathtubs and showers from Longevity Acrylics.