When it comes to choosing the material for your new shower unit, there are many choices. Lower-grade showers have their appeal, specifically upfront pricing, but cutting costs on material often requires that you forfeit quality. If you’re looking to make a decision with a longer-lasting effect, you’ll find that in comparison to other shower materials, acrylic offers a better return on investment for lifelong quality.
Enameled steel, also known as porcelain on steel, is an inexpensive option when you remodel your bathroom. These tubs are made from a thin sheet of steel that is coated with porcelain enamel. Because the porcelain is sprayed on, it is susceptible to scratching, chipping and rusting. Additionally, the sizes and shapes of steel bathware are generally limited.
Fiberglass, also referred to as gel-coat or fiberglass-reinforced plastic, is another low-priced option. However, fiberglass is thin and prone to scuffing and cracking. Also, due to the fact that the colour is not embedded throughout the material, fading and other discolouration often occurs.
When the pros and cons of different bathware materials are lined up, 100 percent cast acrylic showers come out on top. Not only are there plenty of shapes, sizes and colours from which to choose, the colour extends throughout the material. That means it will maintain its original shine year after year. In addition, acrylic is a more durable material, so scratching, cracking, molding and fading become a thing of the past.
During a bathroom renovation, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. While lower-cost materials may be an attractive option in the short-term, over time, they will succumb to the wear and tear of continual use. On the other hand, even though 100 percent cast acrylic may require a larger upfront investment, the quality of the material will last longer than its competition.
At Longevity Acrylics, we stand behind our products with the best warranty in the bathware industry. Find out more about our Transferable Lifetime Warranty, and discover the difference an acrylic shower can make for you.