The Best Material for Baths & Showers: Acrylic or Fiberglass?

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Acrylic and fiberglass are two materials commonly used for baths and showers. Learn about whether acrylic or fiberglass are the best material for baths and showers with help from a registered interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Alan Hilsabeck Jr., registered interior designer and certified master kitchen and bath designer of Hilsabeck Design Associates. Today I am coming to you from a beautiful master bath remodel we just completed here in South Lake Texas. I'm going to be helping you make your decision which is better, fiberglass or acrylic? Now anting a tiled shower? Or trying to decide which material is best to select for the bathtub? Let's talk about the differences first between fiberglass and acrylic. This may help you decide the best material that will meet your needs. The way I look at it, either fiberglass or acrylic are both great products for either application. Which is better is simply determined by your needs and not by the product itself. Fiberglass products for shower walls or tubs are made of fiberglass and resin, and are no different than a cast on a broken arm, or a vintage corvette. Fiberglass is lighter in weight and is more economical. Acrylic on the other hand, is a poured resin product that is poured into a mold into the size and shape of the panels or the tub that they're going to produce. It is more heavier by nature, more insulative in properties, and more expensive. In the end, depending on where your budget lies, or the application required, will ultimately determine what the best product is, fiberglass or acrylic, for your shower or tub. So until next time, this is Alan Hilsabeck Jr., of Hilsabeck Design Associates, coming to you from beautiful South Lake, Texas. Have a great day.

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