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Bathtubs: Fiberglass or Cast Iron Bathtubs?

How to Choose between a fiberglass bathtub or cast iron bathtub

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Deciding between a porcelain or fiberglass bathtub? Well, it’s difficult to choose a winner, but fiberglass bathtub are trending among contractors because they offer multiple advantaged over cast iron or porcelain bathtubs. Fiberglass bathtub could offer plenty of shapes that could satisfy the most demanding homeowner and interior designer. In addition to that, fiberglass bathtubs are generally less expensive than other bathtub types.

Bathtub Pricing

Fiberglass bathtubs are normally less expensive than any other bathtub type. Other important factors that make fiberglass so cheap is because of their lightness and manufacturing process, allowing them to be produced and managed faster than all other bathtubs. However, important factors such as space limitations, sizing, and bathtub uses, could affect your bathtub price ranges. In addition you must determine whether you are looking for tubs that will last longer, or you would love to install a small bathtub. Larger bathtubs are ideal for sitting and soaking while smaller tubs are good for quick cleanup in smaller bathrooms.

Bathtub Installation

Bathtub can require a lot of work, coordination and materials to install. So in addition to determine the sizing, space limitations, you must also consider how easy will be to install the chosen bathtub. Before you decide which bathtub will form part of your project, be sure to check and verify hallway and door openings so the new bathtub can be moved all the way up to the bathroom. Porcelain bathtubs are really heavy and could require removing all other bathroom fixtures to install them. Fiberglass bathtubs can be lifted over fixtures and require less workforce during their installation. Standard tubs usually have inside measurements around 5' long, 30" wide and 14" to 16" high and exterior measurements between 5' and 6' long and 32" to 60" wide.

Porcelain Bathtub

Porcelain bathtubs are heavy, expensive and will always show scratches once they occur. These bathtubs are normally 5 feet or shorter, and normally they are not engineered to be turn into whirlpools. Cast irons are durable and solids and could be found in a wide variety of colors. Different to fiberglass bathtubs, porcelain bathtubs retain heat well and have excellent soundproofing characteristics. But be aware that if you are planning to install one of these, you might require providing additional structural reinforcement in the place where this bathtub will be installed.

Fiberglass Bathtub

Fiberglass bathtubs can be fabricated faster than any other, thus the pricing is so affordable. As added value, fiberglass bathtubs can be found on just any shape and color. This type of bathtubs can be manufactures almost five times thicker than other bathtubs providing excellent oxidizing protection, and will not discolor through the years. If you are planning a remodeling job in places where you might find space limitations, or condos with lots of stairs and hallways, they could be the best alternative to use because they are not as heave as other bathtubs. However, fiberglass bathtubs will not retain heat as well as other bathtubs.

Bathtub Care

An important factor to consider when choosing a bathtub is the care and cleaning process. Normally before finishing your project you might need a final cleaning of all surfaces. Well, bathtubs should be treated with special care, especially fiberglass bathtubs that should be cleaned with only recommended products that will not damage the surface. There is a large list of chemical products that are not allowed to be used over fiberglass surfaces. Porcelain bathtubs could be clean using almost every chemical without risk of stripping the porcelain. In addition porcelain bathtubs should be kept dry in the underside of the tub, to maintain a rust free bathtub.

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