This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. As well as one within the sub-series on your options for bathroom remodeling materials. It is also part of a sub-series about bathtubs. To access any of the lead posts, please select one of the links in the prior sentences.
Fiberglass bathtubs are the low end of your bathtub choices. They tend to be the least expensive, but this is not a reflection of their quality per se, but rather as their relative quality as compared to acrylic, stainless steel, etc.
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Fiberglass bathtubs are made by forming several fiberglass sheets into the desired shape than spraying the finish material onto the fiberglass sheeting. Fiberglass naturally has an uneven finish, so even after the final finish coat is installed, the surface may not be as even as acrylic is.
The alcove bathtub fits into the back end of most hall bathrooms where the tub touches all three walls.
Fiberglass bathtubs come free standing as well.
- Easy to install
- Easy to repair
- Least durable of all bathtub choices. A fiberglass tub might last 12 to 15 years at most.
- As mentioned above the surface of a fiberglass bathtub can be inconsistent due to the nature of what fiberglass is.
I recommend fiberglass for budget remodels only. The incremental cost of acrylic is not significant and if you plan to stay in your home for many years, do you really want to have to replace the tub 12 or 15 years down the road?
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