Cast iron, steel, acrylic, artificial stone… Each material makes a bathtub different. What bathtubs are easier to clean? Which of them better retain heat and last longer? If you want to install a bathtub on the second floor of a country house, choose acrylic one, as they are the lightest.
The lighter the bathtub is, the easier its transportation and installation (and disassembling in the future) is. However, the massive bathtub stands firmly, not moving off the walls, not moving during its operation. The heaviest material is a cast iron; composites, such as acrylic stone and cast marble, are a little lighter. Steel bathtubs are considered pretty light, and the most weightless are artificial ones.
The bathtubs of acrylic stone serve the longest. They are made of polymers and stone powder. These materials can serve forever under the proper care. Good steel bathtub with a minimum thickness of 4 mm, will last up to 30 years. A cast iron bathtub will last up to 50 years. The service life of acrylic bathtub is 15-20 years. Durability depends not only on the material of the base, but also on the quality of the surface: enamel, acrylic. Thin enamel will quickly turn yellow and rub off. In case of damage of the acrylic, the abrasion is possible, but the thinner the layer is, the less you can do it. The most durable are the bathtubs made of artificial stone. Thorough coat of paint on the material makes it immune to scratches and fading.
It is important for those who like to take a bath. The higher the heat capacity is, the longer it will keep water temperature. A cast iron bathtub is traditionally considered the champion. However, modern acrylic bathtubs and tubs of artificial stone and cast marble are as good as cast iron ones. They keep the temperature of the water up to one and a half hours. Steel bathtubs are the coldest. The water cools down in just 15 minutes.
The metal bathtubs covered with enamel are resistant to minor scratches. They can be cleaned with abrasive, but not often, otherwise the enamel wears off or loses its shine. The enamel can be restored. It is quite an expensive procedure, but sometimes it worth it. The service life of the enamel after the restoration is 3-5 years. The bathtubs made of polymeric materials such as acrylic, artificial stone (acrylic stone, cast marble, quaryl) cannot be cleaned with abrasives. They require more careful maintenance; otherwise it will be difficult to cope with old dirt.
The cost of even the most basic models may be very different depending on the material. Steel bathtubs are the cheapest. Price for acrylic bathtubs is almost twice as high. Cast iron is more expensive than acrylic, and the most expensive are the bathtubs of artificial stone. The price for the bathtub depends on the size, manufacturer and quality. What to prefer for the consumer in the medium price segment is a matter of personal preferences. You can save on the material, but pay for the brand, the quality of the surface, convenient form and additional options.