Acrylic shower units are reinforced with glass fibers and resin, but are made primarily from large sheets of acrylic. Fiberglass shower units are made with a polyester resin that is mixed with woven glass fibers and then sprayed or poured into a mold. The result, with either material, is a solid piece with no seams.
Consequently, what is the best material for shower stalls?
Fiberglass. Fiberglass is one of the most durable materials that can be used for a shower stall. Fiberglass that is gel-coated is your best bet because the gel-coating makes the material even more resilient. A gel-coated fiberglass shower stall is easy to repair if it suffers any damages, such as scratches.
Subsequently, question is, is fiberglass the same as acrylic? Acrylic material is heated plastic stretched over a mold. Fiberglass is sprayed with a gelcoat mixture over a mold. This means that the acrylic process is more hands on and not as manufactured. Acrylic is exceptionally durable and the likelihood of this material chipping, cracking or fading is rare.
Keeping this in view, what is better acrylic or fiberglass?
To be shiny and easier to clean, fiberglass tubs are usually coated with acrylic. The problem with fiberglass is that it is less resistant to scratch compared to acrylic. Its color also tends to fade easily. For this reason, it usually does not last longer than acrylic tubs.
How long do fiberglass shower stalls last?
10 to 15 years