When shopping for a bathtub, one of the first things that you need to consider is the material. Porcelain and acrylic are just two of the most common bathtub materials that you’ll see in the market. Each has its own pros and cons. So if you are choosing between these two options, bathtub and siding replacement specialist Maris Home Improvements shares a quick comparison below.
Cast iron or stamped steel is typically used as a base material for porcelain tubs. It is later coated in porcelain enamel, which gives the bathtub a nice sheen and smooth surface. Porcelain tubs often have an old antique aesthetic, and their coating makes them naturally resistant to scratching. These bathtubs are also easy to clean — a mild detergent or baking soda mixed with warm water is usually enough to remove stains.
However, the sheen and luster of porcelain tubs can also be a disadvantage since these qualities make the tubs slippery. Also, porcelain does not hold heat quite well, so tubs made of this material are not able to retain the heat of bathwater for a long time.
If you’re looking for an affordable bathtub with good quality, your interior and exterior remodeling contractor might recommend an acrylic tub. Acrylic is a non-porous material, so it won’t absorb any excess water that could lead to damage. Acrylic tubs are good at retaining the temperature of warm bathwater. They also have good resistance against mildew, and they are typically reinforced with fiberglass for better durability.
A common downside of acrylic bathtubs is that they are prone to scratching. So make sure to use mild and nonabrasive cleaners to avoid damaging the surface.
If you need a bathroom remodeler or a fencing contractor, Maris Home Improvements can provide the services you need. We specialize in various home improvement jobs, so you can be sure that qualified and experienced professionals will be working on your project. Call us at (636) 778-4343 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.