There are many different material choices when it comes to bathtubs, and material is a major factor that should be taken into consideration. Many people may be surprised to find out that there are many more options than they originally would’ve thought, and the one that they ultimately choose will come down to a combination of looks, comfort, ease of maintenance, and cost. Resurface FL is here to discuss some of the different choices of bathtub materials, their pros and cons, and what may be best for you. After all, a key deciding factor between getting a new bathtub and having your bathtub refinished is material. If you’re looking for bathtub refinishing in the Sarasota area, call Resurface FL today!


Bathtub Material Options


The following are some common bathtub materials we see in bathtub refinishing and the pros and cons of each:


  • Fiberglass- Also commonly called FRP, or fiberglass-reinforced plastic, this is typically going to be the least expensive material for bathtubs. A bathtub made of fiberglass bathtub will be formed out of layers of fiberglass and into the desired shape, and then coating it with Gelcoat resin. The advantages of a FRP bathtub are that it is low cost, light weight, easy to install, and has a finish that can be repaired. On the negative side, however, fiberglass tubs are very thin, they flex and don’t have a stable feel, and they’re not very durable. The finish is also susceptible to fading, scratching, and cracking. They may be a cheaper option to replace rather than refinish.
  • Porcelain on steel- This is also often labeled enameled steel, and is another inexpensive and fairly common bathtub material. The tub is stamped out of a thin sheet of steel, and then finished with a layer of porcelain enamel, making it very durable and easy to clean. The finish is also highly resistant to the majority of common chemicals, and can hold its gloss for a long time. These tubs are great for replacing fiberglass or acrylic tub/shower units, since they fit in the same 5-foot opening and can be finished off nicely with a ceramic tile surround. However, they are heavier than fiberglass or acrylic, the surface may rust and chip, and the shapes and sizes available are very limited. These tubs are easily refinished, and we can make them look like new again!


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  • Acrylic- Acrylic tubs are reinforced by fiberglass sheets underneath vacuum-formed sheets of colored acrylic, and the advantages are similar to fiberglass, even though acrylic tubs are more expensive. The finish can scratch or discolor over time, though now there are better grades of tub finishes. Acrylic is a great choice overall, though it isn’t as high-end.
  • Cast iron- This is a material that will last! Cast iron tubs are made by pouring molten iron into a mold of the desired shape, and then smoothing it and coating it with a heavy layer of enamel. This is the most durable tub available, but the cost is fairly high. Moreover, they are extremely heavy and can be a pain to install. If you’ve invested in an antique cast iron bathtub, Resurface FL is qualified and trained to resurface and refinish it if necessary!


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The type of material your bathtub is made of may be a key factor when deciding between getting a new bathtub or having it refinished. Bathtub refinishing can be an easy and inexpensive way to revamp your bathroom, especially for pieces such as cast iron tubs. Call Resurface FL in Sarasota today for more information!