Acrylic bathtubs are made of sanitary acrylic (polymethyl methacrylate). Sanitary acrylic has ideal characteristics for the manufacture of bathtubs and showers, guaranteeing a strong and durable gloss and surface quality. An acrylic bathtub has several distinct advantages.
1. Low weight (only 20-45 kg, depending on the size), which greatly facilitates the transportation and installation of the bath.
2. Dull sound when filling, because acrylic is a sound-absorbing material.
3. Bacteria grow poorly on acrylic, which is important for a product that is constantly in contact with water.
4. The most important quality that pleases all users (those who like to sit on the side or get into a dry bathtub to take a shower) - the acrylic bowl is warm to the touch. The reason for this is simple: the material has low thermal conductivity.
Unfortunately, acrylic also has negative properties: you cannot soak laundry in such a bath, its surface is easily scratched, and a lit cigarette that has fallen can melt the surface.
Along with cast iron and steel bathtubs, elegant and attractive acrylic bathtubs are increasingly found in stores. Wanting to buy this cute novelty, the consumer first of all tries to collect as much information as possible about it, and most of all trustworthy, of course, are the reviews of the happy (and not so) owners of acrylic bathtubs. After this kind of communication, a potential buyer has many questions, which we will try to answer, simultaneously debunking some of the myths that have arisen around acrylic bathtubs.
Myths about acrylic bathtubs
Acrylic baths are too thin. Indeed, acrylic bathtubs are much thinner than cast iron ones. The reason is the use of completely different production technologies. After all, such baths are made by vacuum forming from 4-5 mm acrylic sheets, after cooling they are reinforced with unsaturated polyester resin and glass mat, along the bottom and in the places where the frame is attached, they are additionally reinforced with chipboard sheets. More expensive bathtubs are made of homogeneous cast acrylic, also reinforced with resin, reinforced with chipboard and installed on rigid metal frames, which are developed for each bath model separately. The frame of acrylic bathtubs is treated with a special anti-corrosion compound.
Only a specialist can choose the right acrylic bath. Of course, when buying any product, it would be nice to consult with a good specialist, however, since such an opportunity does not always exist, you will most likely have to choose a bath yourself. In order for the choice to be successful, you should pay attention to some of the features of this product:
1. Look at the bath light. Since it consists not only of acrylic, but also, as indicated, of layers of chipboard and a rigid frame, a good bath should not show through.
2. When buying a bathtub, try pressing the wall in the middle of the product. If she "walks" - the frame of the bath is fragile, respectively, errors were made in the manufacture of the product.
3. Pay attention to the cut of the bathtub (especially if the seller claims that all 8 mm thick are pure acrylic) - if you can see more than two layers, it is better to refuse such a purchase (since in front of you, most likely, a product made of plastic, only covered with acrylic ).
4. Be sure to familiarize yourself with all the certificates and documents for this product.
The more layers are visible on the bath cut, the better. This is not true. As already mentioned, real acrylic bathtubs on the cut consist of two layers - specially developed acrylic (PolyMetilMetaAcrylate - a specially developed durable material that meets all hygienic standards and, accordingly, more expensive) and reinforcement. The thickness of the product does not exceed 5-6 mm. If the seller declares that in this bathtub the acrylic thickness is 6-8 mm, most likely, we are talking about a combined plastic consisting of 10% acrylic (1 mm coating on top) and 90% plastic (Acrylonetrile Butadiene Styrene - a cheaper substance with weaker molecular structure).
Acrylic baths are not highly maintainable. This is not the case when it comes to cast acrylic bathtubs. With the help of polish, you can easily get rid of any scratches resulting from improper use of the product, even if you assume that for some reason a through hole will appear, it is quite easy to fix it by filling with liquid acrylic and polishing. If you purchased a product made of combined plastic, you can only polish it until the acrylic layer (the thickness of which, as already mentioned, is 1mm) is erased. The very same plastic, of which, in fact, the bathtub consists, firstly, it absorbs water, and secondly, literally in a year and a half it will begin to turn yellow and become covered with microcracks. Such a bath is characterized by low maintainability.
Acrylic bathtubs will not last long. If you purchased a product made of cast acrylic, then the service life of such a bath (subject to all operating rules) is 20 years. A combined plastic bath will last 3-4 years.
Water quickly cools in an acrylic bath. In fact, in half an hour in an acrylic bath, the water will cool down by only one degree, due to its high heat-insulating properties (for comparison: in a cast-iron bath, water cools down by a degree in just five minutes).
An acrylic bathtub is difficult to maintain. This is a misconception. It is enough to rinse the bathtub regularly with warm water after each use. You can also periodically wipe it with a sponge or cloth containing detergents that do not contain abrasive particles. It is best to use a special mild detergent or regular detergent. To preserve the shine, it is enough to rinse the bath with warm water.
The best acrylic bathtubs are snow white. The color of the bath has nothing to do with the method of its production. And baths with yellowness ("Euro White") and snow-white baths ("Snow White") are in no way inferior to each other. It is just that until 2003 the sanitary ceramics enamel was painted in white with yellow color ("Euro White"), and so that all products in the bathroom matched the color, all acrylic bathtubs were produced in the same color. When manufacturers of sanitary ceramics were able to achieve a white with a bluish enamel, acrylic baths were also produced in the color "Snow White".
Acrylic bathtubs are resistant to all types of chemicals and mechanical stress. For an acrylic bathtub, it is harmful to get into it glue, varnish (including hairspray), acetone (and any solvents), ammonia, open fire. Such a bath is really resistant to the appearance of external defects (chips, cracks, scratches), but it is still not recommended to drop heavy objects into it. And it is better to put something soft under the bottom of the basin (especially the metal one).