Acrylic Baths vs. Steel Baths

Looking to remodel your bathroom? It’s a good way to get more of your own personality in the house in a permanent way and create a comfortable and convenient space. But one very important thing to remember during the planning process is how you will relax in your new space. Some people use the bathroom as their private get-away, whether it’s to be alone without the kids or just to unwind with a fantastic book and some scented candles after a long, hard day of work.

Acrylic Baths vs. Steel Baths

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One great way to make your personalized bathroom truly relaxing is getting the right bathtub. There are lots of options, so choose wisely. There’s wood, iron, marble, fiberglass and many, many more. However, two of the most popular choices are steel and acrylic. Which one is better? That’s entirely up to you and your needs.

Steel

First, you should know that steel baths aren’t just slabs of steel turned into a bowl for the water. Manufacturers take a single sheet of steel and form it into the proper shape, Following this, they spray it with an enamel. Finally, they fire it in a furnace to keep it all together.

Strength

Steel baths are strong. However, they are no stronger than their acrylic counterparts.

Durability

Since these baths are coated with enamel, they’re a little more prone to chips and scratches than acrylics.

Appeal

While both baths are popular, with acrylic being just a tad more so, steel baths have a designer appeal. Since these baths are pressed into shape, they can get nice, clean lines giving a sharp, dazzling look to your bathroom. And since they’re sprayed with that enamel, they have a very clean, white shine to them.

Warmth

At first, these baths are very cold to the touch. However, steel tubs are excellent at conducting and retaining heat. This gives you more time to soak without rerunning the water to get that warmth back. Just remember, it’ll be cold wherever the water doesn’t touch.

Upkeep

Steel bathtubs are made to avoid growing mold and letting bacteria fester. They’re also resistant to chemicals, so they won’t stain or discolor. But remember, they’re not very scratch or chip resistant, and if your bathtub has any, those areas are more likely to get rusty.

Environmentally friendly

Finally, steel is recyclable so once it has reached its end, you can take it to a recycling center and let them repurpose it into something valuable.

Acrylic

Acrylic bathtubs are made with a frame, typically wood, sometimes steel. Finally, they’re made with fiberglass to reinforce even more.

Strength

As was mentioned earlier, acrylic bathtubs are no stronger than steel. So if you’re trying to choose between the two based off of this, you won’t get very far.

Durability

Acrylic baths are a little more durable than steel. This means they’re less likely to chip or scratch, so if you have a heavily used room with lots of kids and falling objects, this really may be a little better.

Appeal

Since these aren’t made from a more rigid material like steel, they can be made into any number of designs. That means there’s a greater variety to choose from—you can get just what you want and need.

Warmth

These are much warmer to the touch than steel baths are. That helps you avoid the shock of stepping in or grabbing the sides. But, they really aren’t as good at retaining heat when compared to steel. So, if you’re looking for a long soak and this is what you have, you may need to top off every now and then.

Upkeep

Similar to steel, these are made to avoid mold and bacteria growth, so they’re easy to clean. Also, while they may be harder to chip and scratch, it does sometimes happen. If it does, this damage is easy to polish out.

Environmentally friendly

These really aren’t as friendly to our trees and fish as steel tubs are.

Cost

While they’re not as friendly to the world, they are much nicer to your bank account. They’re much cheaper than steel tubs are, so if you’re on a budget, acrylic tubs are a great option.

Still need help picking the perfect tub for your Seattle area bathroom? Give us a call. As a leading remodeling contractor specializing in bathrooms, we can help you find just the right bathtub for your preferences, needs and budget.