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Advantages and Disadvantages of Various Bathtub Materials

Now more and more people like to install bathtubs in the bathroom, and come back to take a bubble bath at night to wash away all the fatigue! And there are many things we need to pay attention to when purchasing a bathtub, such as material, style, function, etc. If you don't pay attention to these aspects, you will easily buy a unsatisfactory product!

1. Bathtub size

Before buying a bathtub, first measure the size of the bathroom, and then determine the size and shape of the bathtub. Because of different shapes, its size is not necessarily the same.

(1) The round bathroom bathtub occupies a relatively large area. At this time, check whether the bathroom allows you to use this bathtub.

(2) The most common is the square bathroom bathtub. Generally, the length is 1.7m, and the height is 0.7m, but the specifics depend on the size of the bathroom.

(3) There are also some irregularly shaped bathtubs, such as heart-shaped, triangular, so that although these appearances look very innovative, they are generally used less, because they are not very practical and cover a large area!

2. The difference between cast iron bathtub, acrylic bathtub and artificial stone bathtub

The difference in production technology: The cast iron bathroom bathtub, as the name suggests, is a bathroom bathtub made with cast iron technology, the thickness is 5 to 7mm, and the surface is covered with 2mm enamel. The surface of the acrylic bathtub is formed by hot pressing with an acrylic sheet with a thickness of about 2.8 to 3.0mm, and the inner layer is made of glass fiber resin reinforced layer. The artificial stone bathtub is made of PMMA/MMA, aluminum powder, unsaturated resin and other composite materials, which are cast and hand polished. The conventional thickness is 25mm, and the thinnest can be 12mm.

Advantages and disadvantages: Cast iron and enamel, the constituent materials of cast iron bathtubs, are extremely durable materials, and bathtubs made of them can usually be used for more than 50 years. The surface of the cast iron bathroom bathtub is glazed at high temperature, which is smooth and flat, easy to clean, and has low water injection noise. Compared with other bathtubs, the casting process of cast iron bathtubs is more complicated, so cast iron bathtubs are generally simple in shape and expensive. Due to the thick wall of the bathroom bathtub, the outstanding feature of the cast iron bathroom bathtub is its good thermal insulation performance. It is favored by some consumers who value thermal insulation performance. In fact, 90% of the heat loss of the bathtub during bathing is through the heat exchange and heat radiation between the water surface and the air. Only 10% of the heat is lost through the cylinder; in order to pursue this 10% thermal insulation performance, it will cost nearly twice as much money as buying other bathtubs, so the cost-effectiveness of cast iron bathtubs is not very high.

Acrylic bathtubs are currently deeply loved by people, because they are not only harmless in long-term contact with people, the gas produced during combustion does not produce toxic gases, and has good weather resistance, acid resistance, alkali resistance, aging resistance, and no rust. And it is very light, rich in shape, low in price, and has a strong market competitive advantage and good surface finish. However, the acrylic bathroom bathtub has a certain thickness, and when fitted with a skirt, it is relatively bulky.  So it looks cheap and low-end. Because of the plastic material, the yellowing time is faster, the color is easy to fade, and the surface is easily scratched by hard objects.

Compared with the first two materials, the artificial stone bathroom bathtub, as a new material product, not only has a simple and fashionable appearance, but also has many advantages. The artificial stone bathtub has rich shapes and colors, one-piece molding, acid and alkali resistance, stamping resistance, good ductility, and repairability, good heat preservation and durability, etc., which has become the best choice for star hotels. Compared with acrylic bathtubs, the price of artificial stone bathtubs is relatively higher, which is mainly reflected in the manual polishing process.

How to choose these three bathtubs? It depends on your requirements. If you want a cheap one, an acrylic bathroom bathtub is the best choice; if you want a durable one, you may wish to consider a cast iron bathroom bathtub; if you want a beautiful and practical one, then you must not miss the artificial stone bathtub.

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