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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Acrylic Bath & Shower Enclosures

When choosing material for your tub, affordability, low maintenance, and warmth tend to be the top priorities. Acrylic tub and shower enclosures are made with vacuum-formed acrylic sheets that are lightweight and resistant to damage. Not only does this ease the installation process, it also ensures homeowners that their new acrylic enclosure will be easy to maintain and repair.

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You may have a few questions when it comes to remodeling your bathroom and why acrylic tub enclosures are the best way to go. To alleviate your decision process, we went ahead and answered the top five questions customers ask about acrylic enclosures.

1. Why Is Acrylic the Best Option?

Acrylic is hard and waterproof. In general, acrylic works with any standard shower. The material only requires adhesive to secure to a wall, compared to the mortar, grout, and special tools you need for tiles. In fact, many enclosures are available fully assembled. Acrylic is durable, resistant to scratches and chipping, and can last many years when properly cared for.

2. What Are the Best Types of Acrylic Showers?

Shower or tub walls can be of any color or pattern. Whether you prefer ceramic, glass, or natural stone, acrylic matches almost any style, whether you order a full acrylic bath and shower enclosure, shower pan, or tub. Complete units are made from molded sheets, strengthened with resin or glass fiber, and yield solid pieces without seams where moisture or dirt can collect.

3. What Shapes and Sizes Are Available?

You can find an acrylic tub in just about any shape or size. The most common include rectangular and square tubs, but corner tubs are quite popular as well. Corner installations are great for smaller bathrooms, as they conserve space. A freestanding tub, such as an acrylic clawfoot tub, can be a nice addition as well.

4. How Long Will My Acrylic Tub Last?

Fiberglass reinforcement adds strength to many acrylic tubs, especially high-end models. Acrylic by itself also is generally quite durable. It can stand up to the elements for many years, while scratches can be sanded out and buffed with wax. Minor scratches can even be buffed out with toothpaste and a cloth. As for longevity, many acrylic tubs can last for as long as the shower and bathroom itself.

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5. How Much Does an Acrylic Enclosure Cost?

Although tub and shower enclosures made of acrylic are generally more expensive, they typically last longer. You may also spend less on repairs in the long run. Other materials, such as fiberglass, tend to cost less. However, you might spend more on maintenance or even replacing the unit much sooner than expected.

Find Acrylic Bath Enclosures at American Bath Enterprises

Are you planning on remodeling your bathroom? American Bath Enterprises offers a range of acrylic tub and shower enclosures to accommodate any size or type of room. We offer complete enclosures, kits, and ADA-compliant products for homeowners, landlords, designers, builders, and general contractors. Feel free to browse our complete online inventory or contact our representative at 888-228-4925.