Acrylic bathtubs are stronger, more durable and more expensive than fiberglass bathtubs. Acrylic is a non-porous material that facilitates cleaning and retains its factory appearance. A well-maintained acrylic bathtub has the potential to last over 30 years. Fiberglass bathtubs are ideal for small budget renovations but require more maintenance than acrylic bathtubs. Fiberglass is porous, making the cleaning process more difficult.
Fiberglass and acrylic bathtubs are hard to tell apart at first glance. They look similar because both materials are plastic molded, and acrylic contains fiberglass. Fiberglass and acrylic are low-maintenance and durable. They are the preferred bathtub materials for the variety of designs available and their adaptability to different styles, colors, shapes and textures.
Acrylic tubs are soft and retain their shine over time. This material is scratch resistant and it doesn't crack, preventing unwanted leaks. Regular cleaning and maintenance assure these tubs remain shiny and usable for many years.
The color and smoothness of fiberglass bathtubs fade with time. These bathtubs are prone to cracks, and they are not as scratch-resistant as acrylic bathtubs. Fiberglass is a light material, making fiberglass bathtubs easier to transport. Fiberglass bathtubs are inexpensive and their durability depends directly on good maintenance and regular cleaning.