Acrylic bathtubs – are made from sanitary acrylic (polymethylmethacrylate). Sanitary acrylic has the ideal characteristics for the manufacture of bathtubs and shower cabins, guarantees a strong and durable shine and surface quality. The acrylic bath has several unconditional advantages.
1. Light weight (only 20-45 kg depending on the size), which greatly facilitates the transportation and installation of the bath.
2. Deaf sound when filling, because acrylic is a sound-absorbing material.
3. On acrylic bacteria proliferate badly, which is important for a product constantly in contact with water.
4. The most important quality, pleasing to all users (amateurs on the side or get into a dry bath to take a shower) – the acrylic bowl is warm to the touch. The reason for this is simple: the material has a low thermal conductivity.
Unfortunately, acrylic has also negative properties: in such a bath it is impossible to soak laundry, its surface is easily scratched, and the fallen lighted cigarette is capable of melting the surface.
Along with cast iron and steel baths in stores, you can often find elegant and attractive acrylic bathtubs. Wanting to buy this cute novelty, the consumer first of all tries to collect as much information about it as possible, and most of all are trustworthy, of course, reviews of happy (and not very) owners of acrylic bathtubs. After communication of this kind, a potential buyer has many questions that we will try to answer, incidentally debunking some of the myths that have arisen around the acrylic bathtubs.
Acrylic bathtubs are too thin.
Indeed, acrylic bathtubs are much thinner than cast-iron ones. The reason – the use of completely different production technologies. After all, such baths are produced by vacuum molding from 4-5 mm acrylic sheets, after cooling, they are reinforced with an unsaturated polyester resin and glass melt, further reinforced with chipboard sheets along the bottom and at the anchoring points of the frame. More expensive baths are made from homogeneous cast acrylic, also reinforced with resin, reinforced 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 anticorrosive compound.
Only an expert can choose the right acrylic bath.
Certainly, when buying any goods it would be nice to consult a good specialist, however, since such an option does not always exist, the bathtub will most likely have to be chosen independently. In order for the choice to be successful, you should pay attention to some features of this product:
1. Look at the bathtub for light. Since it consists not only of acrylic, but also, as indicated, from the layers of particleboard and rigid framework, a good bath should not shine through.
2. When buying a bath, try clicking on the wall in the middle of the product. If it “walks” – the frame of the bath is not strong, respectively, when making the product mistakes are made.
3. Pay attention to the slice of the bath (especially if the seller claims that all 8 mm thickness is pure acrylic) – if more than two layers are seen, it is better to refuse such a purchase (since before you, most likely, a plastic product, only covered acrylic).
4. Be sure to read all the certificates and documents for this product.
The more layers seen on a bathtub cut, the better.
This is not true. As already mentioned, the real acrylic baths on the cut consist of two layers – a specially designed acrylic (PoliMetilMetAkrylat – 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 states that in this bath acrylic thickness is 6-8 mm, most likely, it is a combination of 10% acrylic (1 mm top coating) and 90% plastic (AcrylonetrylButadiene Styrene – a cheaper substance with weaker molecular structure). Acrylic baths do not have high maintainability.
This is not the case if it is a bath of cast acrylic. With the help of polishing, you can easily get rid of any scratches caused by improper use of the product, even if you assume that for any reason a through hole will appear, it can be easily removed by filling with liquid acrylic and polishing. If you purchased a product from a combined plastic, you can polish it only until the acrylic layer has been erased (the thickness of which, as already mentioned, is 1 mm). The very plastic, from which, in fact, the bath consists, first, absorbs water, and secondly, literally in a year and a half will begin to turn yellow and become covered with microcracks. This bath has a low maintainability.
Acrylic baths do not last long.
If you purchased a product from injection molded acrylic, the life of this bath (subject to all operating rules) is 20 years. The bath from the combined plastic will last 3-4 years.
Water cools quickly in an acrylic bath.
In fact, in half an hour in an acrylic bath the water will cool only by one degree, thanks to the high heat-insulating properties (for comparison: in a cast-iron bath the water cools down to a degree in only five minutes).
It is difficult to take care of an acrylic bath.
This is an erroneous opinion. The bath should be rinsed regularly with warm water after each use. You can also periodically wipe it with a sponge or a rag with detergents, which do not contain abrasive particles. It is best to use a special soft foam cleaner or ordinary washing powder. To maintain the gloss, just rinse the bath with warm water.
The best acrylic bathtubs are snow-white.
The color of the bath to the method of its production has nothing to do with it. And baths with yellowness (“Euro White”) and snow-white baths (“Snow White”) in no way inferior to each other. Just before 2003, the enamel of the Sanceramic was painted in white with yellow color (“Euro White”), and all the products in the bathroom were of the same color, all the acrylic baths were produced in a similar color. When the producers of sanitary ceramics managed to achieve white with a blue color in the enamel, acrylic baths were also produced in the color “Snow White”.
Acrylic baths are resistant to all kinds of chemicals and mechanical influences.
For acrylic bath, glue, lacquer (including – hairspray), acetone (and any solvents), ammonia, open flames are harmful to it. To the appearance of external defects (chips, cracks, scratches), such a bath is really stable, but it is not recommended to drop heavy objects into it. Yes, and under the bottom of the basin (especially metal) it is better to put something soft.