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Is an acrylic bath strong enough to stand in for a shower?
We are renovating a bathroom and will be taking out an old steel bath. There was an electric shower over the bath and we would like to continue that arrangement as the room is not big enough for a separate shower. When we replace the bath do we need to buy a special shower bath or will an ordinary acrylic bath be strong enough to stand and shower in?
5mm acrylic baths are pretty sturdy but there is still flex in them when standing. You should ideally look for a reinforced one - various companies sell them under their company name with either 'cast' or 'ite' added to the word. For example Trojancast, Cliftonite, Bettercast and so on. These are usually 5mm but then have a sprayed lagging on them (feels & looks like fibreglass). This layer gives the strength required (some allege they're as strong as cast iron), and it also helps keep the water warmer for longer when bathing. These are more expensive than standard baths, but with some searching you can pick them up for reasonable prices, plus companies such as Trojan offer a 25 year guarantee with the bath.
AC Plumbing (Sale, Manchester)
Answered 17th Mar 2013