When it comes to selecting a tub for your bathroom, you have plenty materials from which to choose. However, fiberglass bathroom tubs often makes the short list of options if you’re in the market for a good basic, no-frills tub. Fiberglass bathroom tubs are less expensive than their cast iron equivalents. Fiberglass bathroom tubs can weigh as little as 70 pounds and can typically be installed as a do-it-yourself project, whereas cast iron tubs are generally 300 pounds or more. A fiberglass tub has a softer finish that may be prone to scratches and cracks, but it is also repairable, which means you don’t have to replace your entire tub if damage occurs. By sanding the surface and using a filler product and epoxy-based coating, you are able to smooth a fiberglass tub’s surface so it looks like new. You can purchase a fiberglass repair kit that contains all of the necessary materials, but the process can be time-consuming and difficult. If you’re not an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you may prefer hiring a professional fiberglass resurfacing company to handle the repairs.
Fiberglass bathroom tubs are typically available in a wider array of shapes and sizes than cast iron. If your bathroom remodel has left you with the need for a shape or size tub that is not a traditional simple round or oval shape, fiberglass may indeed be the way to go.