Fiberglass and acrylic bathtubs are the two most common bathtubs out there. They are very similar; essentially they are both molded plastics. Acrylic bathtubs have fiberglass backing and fiberglass tubs are made from more than just fiberglass.
What makes them different, though, is the process by which they are created.
Fiberglass is laid out on a bathtub mold and mixed with a gel-coat to create the basic form of the bathtub. Acrylic bathtubs are heated, stretched out on the mold, and then vacuum formed into their final shape.
The final products look almost identical, but they are anything but identical in durability and quality.
Acrylic bathtubs are more durable and more scratch-resistant. Scratches, dents, cracks and holes can also be repaired. Fiberglass bathtubs on the other hand, have a porous layer which allows for the build up of mold and causes the bathtub to fade over time. Because of this color change, fiberglass tubs are near impossible to fix!
Although you may pay a little bit more for an acrylic bathtub they tend to look better and far outlast a fiberglass bathtubs.
Check out Kansas City’s, only acrylic bathtub manufacture, Carver Bathtubs. With 26 models to choose from they can create a custom jetted bathtub tailored to your needs!