How to choose acrylic bathtub and has not lost the quality
Acrylic bathtubs in the domestic market of sanitary ware appeared relatively recently.In total some 10-15 years for acrylic tub to take its place in the neighborhood with a long-accustomed to our human tubs made of cast iron.This is due to a large number of advantages that acrylic sanitary ware, such as lower weight, low price, or the original form.However, as known, the greater the range, the more difficult it - the choice to make.
In fact, coming to the plumbing shop, sometimes dazzled the one appearing on the sale of acrylic bathtubs and mainly, most consumers there is a logical question - what kind of acrylic bath is better to choose, because the price of plumbing - this is not an indicator of its quality and durability.Let's try to thoroughly understand all the nuances of the selection of quality plumbing, and at the same time, let's talk about what is often silent salesmen consultants.
- What material manufactur
- What should be the thickness of a sheet of acrylic, and reinforcement
- Choose the size and shape of bathroom
- strength designs and frames
- Additional options acrylic bathtubs
- as determined by the manufacturer
- What you need to look at the store when buying acrylic baths
What material is better to manufacture acrylic bathtubs
From the name itself plumbing clear that acrylic bathtub is made of acrylic.Acrylic - a component of complex mixture of polymeric compounds and esters metakrilov.In simple human terms, acrylic - a kind of plastic that is characterized by its strength, elasticity and smooth surface.
sale can meet the plumbing made of the following material:
- ABS / PMMA;
Material - ABS / PMMA, is a binary consisting of akrilonetrilbutadienstirola and polymethylmethacrylate.Akrilonetrilbutadienstirol - a kind of elastic plastic and PMMA - a kind of homogeneous organic Plexiglas.In fact, this material performs the ABS substrate and is about 90% of the total weight, and the acrylic layer is made of PMMA, about 5-10%.The disadvantage of acrylic baths made of ABS / PMMA, is a rapid wear and a shorter service life of about 3-5 years.The fact is that although the ABS plastic, and is, the polymer has a porous structure hygroscopic, ie, it is able to some extent to absorb moisture, which leads to its rapid destruction.This thin layer is made of PMMA acrylic, with frequent use of plumbing rather quickly used up.
material - PMMA, as was said above, is - Plex, plexiglass.The acrylic baths made from pure PMMA is completely absent layer of porous ABS, plumbing and she has high wear resistance and durability.On average, PMMA acrylic bathtub will last 10-12 since the installation.
The guide and how to choose acrylic bathtub on the basis of material
Visiting plumbing shop, of course, an obsessive salesman consultant, has a lot to paint the advantages of one model or another bath of acrylic, however, the first thing that needs to be done specifically to you - it yourself visuallyestimate the number of layers of plumbing.It can be made by examining the edge of a side plumbing.
If you counted 3 layers - you know, this bath is made under the scheme: ABS + PMMA + base.
If you counted 2 layers - this bath is made from pure PMMA + reinforcing basis.
Realizing how exactly you are dealing with plumbing, then you must answer yourself the question - where and for what purposes are bought acrylic bathtub.If you want to buy a bath for the country house, where, in principle, the accommodation will be seasonal, and she plumbing will be operated on the strength of a couple of months in the year, of course, pay the excess does not make sense, and you can buy a bath, made the scheme of ABS / PMMA.If we are talking about buying and installing a bath in a city apartment or a country house where you are resident, there is no sense to save, and it is better to buy a tub made of pure complex, that is - PMMA + reinforced base.
What should be the thickness of a sheet of acrylic, and reinforcement
As written above, if you look at the end of a side the bathroom, you can visually distinguish the multiple layers in the structure of the leaf.In the eye, the layers in the structure of the wall of the bathroom in many ways similar to the age-old ring, which can be seen on the stump when cut down a tree.As the main question is - how to choose a durable acrylic bathtub, the main attention should be paid to the thickness of the acrylic layer, that is, the surface layer.
the supermarket or the sanitary shop you can find models of acrylic baths with thickness of the outer layer of 2 to 6.5 mm.
On average, the trend is that if the acrylic layer of 2-3 mm - bath lasts about 3-4 years;acrylic layer of about 4 mm - bath can last up to 7 years;acrylic layer 5-6.5 mm - bath can last 10-12 years.
Besides the thickness of the acrylic layer, also pay attention to the general condition of the inner surface.Sometimes there are "deceitful moments" when not entirely smooth surface of acrylic baths dealer consultant begins to paint, as a kind of know-how in the world of plumbing.This is a lie.Chances are the seller or, in fact, store, trying to get rid of the stale low-grade or even defective goods.
It is important to remember that a quality acrylic surface of the bath should not have bumps or irregularities.Smoothness of the surface should be such an extent that when it enclose tightly a human palm, even should not slip, as it were, due to surface roughness, slightly stick.For example, try to hold his hand firmly pressed on the windowpane, with a quality acrylic coating effect should be about the same.
methods reinforcement baths, and which one is better
Pure Bowl acrylic baths are not very strong, t. To. The acrylic and flexible plastic material.To give it stiffness to the outer surface shell bath applied reinforcement layer.The reinforcing layer is applied at the factory, already finished, molded cup on top of the ABS / PMMA or PMMA from the outside.
Structurally, the reinforcing layer is a fiberglass, epoxy resin is processed.
total number of reinforcing layers may be 1 to 5, depending on the quality of the plumbing.In total, buying acrylic bath is good enough look to the end wall of the bathroom to visually estimate the number of layers and the total thickness of the reinforced base.
important to remember the following: high quality acrylic bathtub reinforced evenly over its entire outer surface.Many unscrupulous manufacturers in the production of sanitary ware, use the following trick.Knowing that "savvy" buyer certainly will assess the thickness and layers of reinforcement at its end, in the process of applying a reinforcing layer manufacturers intentionally ends of the boards are reinforced better than the bowl of bath.In order not to fall for this trick, in addition to visual inspection end, you must push yourself slightly on the bottom of the cup and the bathroom wall.In a qualitative reinforcement they should not bend like plastic lining, and must maintain elasticity.
Another way that can help you choose a high-quality acrylic bathtub - try to make a flashlight close to the bottom of the bath and at the same moment, his hands clasped together, look at the section of the same surface on the other side.If you see very clearly the lumen flashlight, know the thickness of the bottom of the bath is less the thickness of its walls and, in fact, the products are of dubious quality.
in general, have to do three things:
- Inspect the end;
- put pressure on the walls and bottom;
- test the wall and bottom-through using a flashlight or laser pointer.
Of course, there was a speech that if you need to choose acrylic bathtub from an unknown manufacturer or, plumbing shop itself does not cause much confidence.In the case of the purchase of acrylic bathtubs in the specialty store from a reputable manufacturer, you are unlikely to encounter such a "hack."But best of all of course check.
Selection of size and shape of bathroom
Bath - this is not just the subject of sanitary hygiene, it is just a place where you can relax, unwind and improve your body.Yes, long ago proved that taking baths with certain oils, herbs or mineral additives, a positive effect on overall health, and raises the tone.For this reason, the main criterion in the selection of acrylic baths - it's convenient.
optimum height of the bath - 65-70 cm from the floor.This value is considered to be a kind of "family" because the subject plumbing can use easily as the adult members of the family and children or adolescents.
optimum depth - 50-60 cm , calculated from the underside of the bowl to the level where is located the overflow hole.In a "small" bath, the water level may not completely cover the body of a man lying in it, and in a "deep" bathtub taking a bath person's head can be positioned in a not very comfortable upright position.
optimum width - 75-80 cm , but this parameter also depends on the height and build of the family.For example, full, fat man of 75 cm can be enough.It does not matter, because the sale can be quite easy to find acrylic bathtub width and 100 and 120 and even more centimeters.
optimal length - 150-180 cm , but this figure depends on the specific model plumbing and growth of the family.Regarding model bath, in the presence in its design of a head restraint for a person with 180 cm tall bath suitable length of 165-170 cm. If the headrest is not in the design of, for example, construction - "economy", the human growth with 180 cmBath chosen directly by its growth - 180 cm. Below you can see the standard size length bath and the possible position of the body at a certain length.
specific regard to the form of the bath, then, conventionally, all the plumbing can be divided into longitudinal and angular.Longitudinal plumbing installed headboard or one of the sides adjacent to one wall of the bathroom.Corner bath fits directly in the corner of the bathroom.Moreover, among those allocated conventional types, there are models of acrylic bathtubs with the most incredible and diverse design.Advise any particular style in the plumbing is pointless, since each has its own individual preferences.It should only be noted that the choice of form of baths: rectangular, oval, round, angle will depend on the size and layout of the room in which they are to be setup.
strength designs and frames
strength of acrylic baths depends on the method of its manufacture.That is, a bathtub, which was made of solid casting technology PMMA acrylic with full filling with water is able to retain its original shape.If the tub is made of a two-component acrylic extruded ABS / PMMA, then the full filling its walls may be slightly deformed.The main effect is a thin layer of PMMA and a thick layer of flexible plastic ABS.
Regardless of acrylic used, all baths are set on a special team or welded metal frame, which serves as a base and the bath deterrent against excessive deformation of the complete filling.The design of the metal frame - frame, to some extent also affects the cost of the acrylic tubs.
The simplest frame is welded or bolted metal team "crate", which will be directly under the bottom of the tub.That is, this frame will withstand a vertical pressure of water and the weight of a man bathing, but to strengthen the side walls he will not.More complex under frame acrylic bathtub has in its construction elements, reinforcing the side walls of plumbing that could extend the total operational life of the assembly.
But here too there is one thing that could help determine the quality of the bath.Frame is a point of support (rack and legs).The more resistant the less strong is the bathtub itself.If the tub itself is a quality frame has support only at the corners.
Options acrylic bathtubs
most popular and useful to health, is considered such an option integrated in the acrylic bathtubs like - Jacuzzi.Jacuzzi characterized by the fact that, unlike conventional decision-bath, the human body is made of hydromassage effect, and in some cases chromotherapy - subjecting the surface of the skin with ultraviolet rays.The hydromassage in the jacuzzi is performed by continuously moving in the water bubbles through a special bronze or chrome plated nozzles built into the side walls of the bathroom.
Chromotherapy is due to the built-in side walls of the plumbing blue LED with prismatic reflectors.Simply stated, there is the effect on the skin blue lamp, which stimulates the blood flow and has anti-inflammatory action.If hydro is simple enough to understand, for example, estimate the number of nozzles, the modes and the control method, the chromotherapy is much more complicated.Here the maximum effect depends on the power lamp and correctly selected and focused manufacturers reflectors.
tips for those who think about the question, how to choose acrylic bathtub with integrated Jacuzzi elements: quality plumbing with hydromassage and chromotherapy can only be known from the major manufacturers.But how to choose acrylic bathtub by producers will be discussed below.In addition to the above
hydromassage or chromotherapy, modern acrylic bath can please its owner a variety of useful options.For example, a broad popular models of sanitary ware, which has a special shelf to accommodate a laptop or in which integrated panel plasma TV.Another example, a jacuzzi, which provides direct or through a wi-fi connection to the central unit in the system of "smart home".In general, engineering there is no limit.
as determined by the manufacturer
From Russian, the largest and most advanced manufacturers of acrylic baths stands out products Bell Rado, Doctor Jet, Aquatech, Radomir, here also include products rossiskih-German company Aquatica.Each of these manufacturers is the largest, for this reason, in the pursuit of status and prestige, each of these manufacturers is trying to produce only high-quality sanitary ware.On average, acrylic bathtub, produced in Russia, is from 45,000 rubles to 75,000 rubles.
Among foreign manufacturers precedence over quality, and as without it, the palm of prices keeps Germany and Italy.This plumbing from companies such as Sunrans, GNT (Germany) and Artceram, BelBagno, Novellini Elysium (Italy).Quality acrylic bathtubs are very high, but the average price starts at 55,000 rubles, and can reach up to 200,000 rubles.
With more than adequate and fairly priced quality products, the Russian market is represented by sanitary Czech, Polish, Spanish producers.From the Czech product is the most popular brand Ravak.Price segment plumbing of these countries has a very large spread from 7,000 rubles to 50,000 rubles, depending on the model and its functionality.
quite unpretentious and inexpensive acrylic bath can be purchased from manufacturers from China or Turkey.It was not clear moments?