Bathtub: Which material is best?
In a modern bathroom, a pleasing bathtub that indulges the homeowner after a hard day's work can not be missed. When making a purchase decision, many consumers find it difficult to make the right choice. Modern bathtubs are made from the various materials
, which not only differ in price, but all have different properties. That's why we've listed a small comparison below.
Claiming Bathtubs When you buy a bath tub for the bathroom, you first come across models that are all similar at first glance. Consumers should first be aware of what demands they place on the bathtub. Should it have a long lifetime
as far as possible? Does cleaning have to be easy? When old people and children live in the house, it is important to make sure that the risk of slipping is minimal. Also important for older people is the robustness of the bathtub, as they may often use healing and mud baths. Conventional bathtubs will sooner or later discolour.
Which material? Bathtubs are differentiated in three ways: in their design, the material and of course the price. Tastes are known to be different, so there are the tubs in various shapes. Some people prefer a straight line
, while others want a playful design. Steel bathtubs, which are known from films, are not only robust, but also very hygienic. High-quality metal is very easy to clean, can be maintained with household cleaning agents and absolutely resistant to scratches, abrasions or blows. Similarly good properties have acrylic bathtubs. However, you should not use too strong cleaning agents with these models. Bath salts can also cause discolouration.
The materials at a glance
Sheet steel Most of the commercially available bathtubs are made of sheet steel. The material is usually between two and four millimeters thick and is offered especially for sale real estate, rental housing, etc. In addition to the classic, rectangular shape, the modern stamping and deep-drawing technique also allows more elaborate forms such as corner baths
. High-quality models also have a so-called pearl-coating, which facilitates the cleaning of the tub at the beginning. Among the disadvantages of the material is the cold, which is negatively noticeable when getting in, as well as the difficult elimination of scratches.
is currently the most versatile material that is used for the production of pan in plate form. The material has a high slip resistance and low conductivity. When buying, make sure that it is really acrylic and not acrylic coated ABS plastic sheets. Another inferior material is recycled acrylic, which consists of a mixture of different plastics. These panels are falsely sold as sanitary acrylic. In fact, sanitary acrylic is the highest quality variant, whose plates are about three to five millimeters thick and whose price is based on the price of oil.
Steel Castings Steel Castings
are hardly to be found today , They were replaced many years ago by the lighter acrylic tubs and steel tubs. Even outside Germany, these models are hardly to be found because they only produce a few manufacturers.
Wood Wooden Bathtubs were used especially in the Middle Ages, because their production was the easiest. Today, the trend is reviving and wooden bathtubs are being offered more and more often. In Japan, wooden bathtubs have been in every bathroom for many years. At the so-called & quot; Furo & ldquo; (風 呂) or & quot; Ofuro & ldquo; [(お 風 呂) polite form] is a short, deep & Hot tub & ldquo ;. This Japanese bathtub differs in height from the western models. Japanese bath only after a thorough body cleansing and therefore only for relaxation. Wood baths offer many advantages over other materials: wood stores heat longer than ceramics or enamel and, according to recent findings, is even more hygienic because germs and bacteria can not find any food. Add to that the fact that the resin in the wood is antibiotic
and prevents the proliferation of bacteria.
Fiberglass In this material, Gelcoat (color coat) is transformed into a mold brought. After drying, several fiberglass mats
are worked into the mold with synthetic resin and the floor is reinforced with a chipboard. Although the process is expensive, the tubs can be offered in numerous colors.
- Tips for buying
- When buying steel tubs, make sure that the material thickness is at least 2.3 mm.
- When buying acrylic tubs, make sure that it is not cheap
- The tub should comply with the guidelines of DIN EN 198 and have a thickness of at least 4 mm.
- The board embedded in the floor should be at least 9 mm thick.
The The color of the bathtub should match the washbasin, WC and bidet.
Which shape, color and which material you ultimately choose, you can then simply decide on the taste. Hardware stores and online stores offer a wide selection of bathtubs where everyone should find something suitable.