Bathroom remodels are expensive, so it makes sense that you would want to find ways to save money whenever you can. This might mean getting a cheaper bathtub to save money on what will probably the most expensive element in your new bathroom, but you still need to know what you’re getting. With that being said, here are some of the differences between a cheap bathtub and something more expensive.
The biggest factor when it comes to the price of a bathtub is the material that it’s made from. The cheapest tubs are made from fiberglass and cost between $300 and $500. It’s definitely a great option if you’re on a tight budget, and the material is light enough that you can probably install the tub by yourself. Unfortunately, fiberglass tubs are also far less durable than more expensive tubs and are susceptible to scratches and dents. Its color will also fade over time, especially if you’re really diligent about keeping it clean.
If you want something that is more durable than fiberglass but still isn’t that expensive, you can always go with a steel or acrylic tub. Steel bathtubs cost anywhere from $350 and $1,500 and are usually made from a sheet of steel and covered in porcelain. These tubs are long-lasting and easy to clean, but they might be too heavy for you to install by yourself. The porcelain finish can also chip if you hit it with anything heavy.
Most bathtubs in the United States are made from fiberglass-reinforced acrylic. These tubs cost between $500 and $1,200, are available in a wide range of colors, and are easy to clean. Acrylic can scratch easily, but it is very easy to repair. It is still more durable than fiberglass. Some people complain that acrylic bathtubs look “cheap,” so they aren’t always a popular option for those who want to give their bathrooms a high-end appeal.
Most more expensive bathtubs are made from cast iron or cultured marble. Cast iron tubs range from $900 to $2,500 in price, but that will vary depending on the size and style of tub you would have. Cast iron tubs are popular for their “old world” look, and they are as durable as bathtubs can get. The only downside is that cast iron tubs are very heavy, so you may need to reinforce your floor if you want to install one of these in your home.
Cultured marble bathtubs can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500 depending on their size and style. Crushed limestone is mixed with resin and covered with a gel coating to produce a classic stone look. They are easily the most luxurious looking bathtubs you can find, and they come in a variety of colors and styles. They also hold heat well, although they are ultimately less durable than acrylic tubs even if they are made from a thicker material.
The bathtub you choose for your new bathroom will ultimately be up to you. If you want an inexpensive utilitarian tub, a fiberglass or acrylic model might be good for you. If you want something more luxurious and don’t mind spending the extra money, a steel, cast iron, or cultured marble might be the way to go. If you need some extra advice about this decision or you are ready to have your new tub installed, contact us today. We will be glad to answer your questions and provide assistance.