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The Differences between Acrylic and Fiberglass Bathtubs

When it comes to bathtubs there are a number of considerations, including size, shape, color, design and of course, material.

Two of the most popular materials for contemporary bathtubs are acrylic and fibreglass. Although these materials look similar, they are manufactured differently and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Production

Acrylic bathtubs are formed by heating and molding sheets of acrylic, which are then reinforced with fiberglass.

Fiberglass bathtubs, also called FRP, are produced by spraying a polyester resin, or gelcoat onto a mold.

Acrylic Pros & Cons

Acrylic bathtubs are extremely durable, easy to clean and don't scratch easily, However, they are significantly more expensive.

Fiberglass Pros & Cons

Fiberglass bathtubs are among the most affordable tubs, however, the finish is less resistant to scratching and tends to fade in colour.

 

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