Acrylic baths are the nation’s favourite. Made from a reinforced sheet of acrylic, they’re lightweight, warm to the touch and come in prices from budget to luxury. Double-skinned acrylic baths have two layers of acrylic bonded together for strength and better heat retention.
An alternative to acrylic is pressed steel with a fired-on enamel coating. They’re tough and durable but lighter than cast iron.
Traditional cast iron roll top baths are strong and long-lasting, and are finished inside with porcelain enamel for a glossy surface. Pick one with a primed exterior, then paint it to match your bathroom decor. Check your floorboards and joists can support a heavyweight bath before you buy.
Baths with contemporary, sculptural shapes are often made from solid surface composites; a mix of resin with ground stone or mineral fillers. These have a warm, tactile appeal, and the colour goes right through so scratches can simply be polished out.
For something extra check out the real stone bath from Lapicida. Before you even think of lugging one upstairs, consult a structural engineer, since they’re extremely heavy!
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