Bathtubs

In the most recent statistics The Center for Disease control and prevention (CDC) estimates over 205,000 fatalities occurred from falling in the US from 1999-2009. Obviously the combination of water and the slick hard surface of the bathtub floors make the bathroom the most at risk place for injuries/deaths from slipping. Please make sure to stay safe and treat your bathtubs to make them less slippery. Please ensure you determine the type of bathtub you have for the correct product. If it has a metal sheel its likely porcelain. If it’s flexible is acrylic or fiberglass.


Porcelain Bathtubs

Porcelain bathtubs are the most popular type of bathtub found in the United States. They are affordable, low maintenance and are more durable than acrylic bathtubs. The base of a porcelain tub is typically made of steel and then coated with porcelain enamel and heated to very high temperatures. This process creates a smooth, durable surface that is moisture resistant. This surface can be slippery, especially when wet. 

 

Enamel Bathtubs

Enamel is a glass-like protective coating that is fused onto ceramic, metal or glass. The coating can be colored or clear, and provides a hard, durable surface. Enamel bathtubs are typically made of steel, then coated with enamel and heated to a very high temperature. The smooth surface of enamel can be slippery, especially when wet.

 

Fiberglass Bathtubs

Fiberglass is reinforced plastic finished with a polyester gel coat. The result is a bathtub with a smooth and glossy surface. Fiberglass tubs are an affordable, lightweight option and come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and styles. These bathtubs can be slippery, especially when wet. 

 

Acrylic Bathtubs

Acrylic bathtubs are created when sheets of acrylic are fired at high temperatures, molded, toughened with fiberglass and reinforced with metal or wood. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and styles. Acrylic bathtubs are lighter than iron or steel bathtubs, yet have a similar high-gloss surface similar to porcelain and enamel bathtubs. This smooth surface can be slippery, especially when wet.