What Are The Best Materials For Bathtubs And Showers?

How To Choose The Best Bathtub
And Shower Building Materials

Acrylic, Fiberglass, Or Tile For Your Bathroom In Central Virginia

Once you have decided to renovate your bathroom in Central VA, the next step is to determine what new and modern building materials you want to use. The material you choose will set the look and feel for your new bathroom.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Acrylic?

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Acrylic is durable, less expensive, and easy to keep clean.

The acrylic used by JDS Bath is the strongest in the industry. It is far more resistant to cracking and chipping than fiberglass.

The manufacturer warrants that the surface of the product will not materially fade, yellow, crack, bubble, or peel under normal use when cared for by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Our acrylic is infused with an anti-bacterial product at the factory. That means, the anti-bacterial product penetrates the bacteria cell wall and disrupts the key cell function to reproduce, making it easy to keep clean.

Because every piece of acrylic is CUSTOM MADE at the factory, you are not limited by standard sizing. There are also several different colors and styles to choose from.

There are two potential drawbacks of acrylic when compared with fiberglass and tile options. Since the factory only has a set selection of colors available, your options are more limited than with tile.

Your acrylic will also need to be installed by a licensed and factory-certified installer or your acrylic bathtub and shower installation may not be covered by a warranty.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Fiberglass?

The biggest selling point for fiberglass is its affordability. It is on average the LEAST EXPENSIVE bathtub and shower building material available.

Fiberglass does not match the longevity and durability of acrylic. Fiberglass is more vulnerable to trapping soap scum, shampoos, body oils, dirt, and water funk. These can and will embed themselves into the fibers of the fiberglass which could create a toxic bathing area.

When fiberglass cracks, the cracks are usually tiny and may not be visible to the naked eye. However, problems can arise after the fiberglass has been leaking for years and has caused considerable damage to the home.

Since fiberglass only comes in certain stock sizes, there aren’t any custom options. As the sizes and shapes of bathrooms have changed a lot over the years, it can be difficult to match fiberglass to your space.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Tile?

The design options for tile are virtually limitless. You can purchase tile from a variety of distributors, all with unique offerings. Many people choose tile because it allows them to design their bathroom to fit their personal style.

There are six main types of tiles:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Glass
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Natural stone

Once you’ve selected a type, then you can choose your style and shape.

Herringbone is the most popular style of tile patterns, but offset and staggered brick are excellent options as well. You can choose between 1/3rd offset, grid (stacked), stacked vertical, pinwheel (hopscotch), random, Versailles (French), and many more.

Your tile can also come in many shapes, including subway tiles, diamond-shaped tiles, brick tiles, round ceramic tiles, chevron tiles, fish scale tiles, herringbone tile, and basket weave tiles.

Your customized tile will also be very durable and easy to maintain. The durability of your bathroom floor tile can also increase the value of your home, should you be looking to sell it at some point.

The biggest downside to using tile is the expense. Bathroom tile really NEEDS to be installed by a properly trained, certified, licensed, and insured professional. Many tile companies will not warranty their tile if it’s not installed by a certified and licensed tile installer.

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