Fiberglass Tubs vs Acrylic. Which is Best for My Next Bath Remodel?

The Manufacturing Process 

The manufacturing process for acrylic tubs is quite simple but it is more hands on than fiberglass. A sheet of acrylic is heated up to about 200 degrees, it is then sucked by vacuums into a mold and then cooled by fans. Once the mold of the tub is finished it is then reinforced by a thick layer of fiberglass. Once the fiberglass is layered it is then laminated with rollers that remove all air bubbles which could weaken the tub and allows the fiberglass to stick to acrylic perfectly. The drains and any other holes are then cut to the precise specifications.  

Fiberglass tubs are made by heating up thin layers of glass strings so that they bind together. Once the binding process is completed the layer of Fiberglass is then molded and shaped and sprayed with resin to hold the shape. Fiberglass tubs are quite easy to manufacture because it does not take a significant number of steps or materials to complete.  

The Differences Between Fiberglass & Acrylic Tubs 

The main differences between fiberglass and acrylic tubs are the manufacturing process; usually fiberglass is an easier process and does not cost as much as acrylic to manufacture. Acrylic tubs can come with more customizable options including textures, colors, and fixtures. Also, acrylic is much more durable than fiberglass because of the fiberglass coating that surrounds the bottom. DaBella offers top of the line nonporous acrylic bathtubs and shower pans for their reliability, durability, and minimal maintenance qualities.   

What is different about fiberglass is that the manufacturing and installation is slightly cheaper than acrylic. But you will not be able to get the durability of acrylic. Also, Fiberglass tubs do tend to involve much more maintenance because they can shift and will get scratched, crack and will need to be refinished at some point during their lifetime.  

The Similarities Between Acrylic & Fiberglass Tubs 

Both fiberglass and acrylic are fiberglass-based materials but the shell of acrylic is different than fiberglass. Both materials are quite easy to install and do not involve a lot of labor. Fiberglass and acrylic baths are sometimes installed in one day. Both materials are very affordable, and you will not break the bank paying for either. Both require regular weekly to monthly cleaning to preserve their pristineness. You will need to pay regular attention to fiberglass tubs as they are prone to staining. You can clean both with just about any kind of cleaner you find in the store that will not scratch or damage your new tub.  

Maintenance Differences 

Both acrylic and fiberglass are amazingly easy to maintain. What DaBella recommends you use to clean your acrylic tub would be either Fantastic, Windex, Tilex spray, 409 spray, Lime Away spray, Fabuloso, Green Works, Spic & Span spray, Pine Sol, or Simple Green. You do not want to use any abrasive or gritty cleaners on your acrylic tub including Scotch Brite Pads, Magic Eraser, Comet Power or any solvents and thinners.  

Fiberglass tubs do tend to have more maintenance involved because the layer of coating is prone to scratching and cracking. Also, fiberglass tubs do tend to lose their color after a few years so they will need to be refinished every few years to keep them pristine. Fiberglass tubs are also prone to shifting and bending because it is a flimsy material. This can inevitably make the caulking around the tub to crack allowing water to seep through which will cause problems in the future if not taken care of.  

Are Acrylic or Fiberglass Tubs Best for Your Next Bath Remodel?  

Trying to figure out what looks best, what will hold up the longest and is within your budget can be a difficult decision. At DaBella we recommend you go for a material that will go the distance and be easy to maintain. Acrylic is undoubtedly the best material for your home for its lightweight qualities, durability, and undemanding maintenance.  

Why Choose DaBella for Your Next Bath Remodel? 

DaBella offers top of the line bath remodels that will transform your bathroom into a spa-like paradise and will give your bathroom an updated look. Our Acrylic units are made of a non-porous acrylic that will make your new shower or tub amazingly easy to clean and will not stain, crack, or lose Its color.  

At DaBella we strongly believe that quality begins at home, this means we prioritize a quality installation and home improvement experience over anything else. Our bath replacements come with unsurpassed quality and installations that will add to the value and industry leading manufactures warranties that will keep your investment protected for a lifetime  

Come to the professionals at DaBella if you are ready to take the next steps toward your new bath remodel or any other home improvement project including roofing, siding, or window replacement. Contact us on our website or give us a call at 844-DaBella. We will bring the showroom to you where you are able to pick a style and color that you will love. Our expert bath specialists will go through all the options and make sure you will be pleased with your final decision.  

Fiberglass Vs. Vinyl Windows. Which is Best for My Home?

Differences Between Vinyl & Fiberglass Windows

There are several types of window materials to choose from when deciding what windows are best on a new construction home or looking for replacement windows in previously built home. The most common types of window material frames that homeowners see as being the best  are either vinyl or fiberglass. These two are the most common for their affordability, durability, and energy efficiency. In this article we will show you the differences between vinyl and fiber glass including the strengths and weaknesses of both.  

What is The Cost Difference 

Comparing the cost, vinyl is significantly less expensive than fiberglass. Vinyl windows are around 10-30% less expensive than fiberglass including installation. The reason why installation is cheaper for vinyl is because it is much easier to install, and manufacture compared to fiberglass and wood.  

Vinyl windows are much more flexible and there is more give and take with measurements. Whereas fiberglass is much more rigid and needs to be much more exact with measurements. The installation of fiberglass windows is a little more difficult and you will need an installer that really knows what they are doing. This results in a premium cost for installation.  

Options and Styles 

Vinyl windows come in a wide range of styles, colors, finishes and decorative options and are sometimes available in a wood look choice without the maintenance of wood. At DaBella our vinyl windows come in almost every style of windows you could think of including sliding glass doors, double-hung, casement, garden window, picture windows, bay & bow windows, etc.  

Fiberglass windows also come in a wide array of styles and finishes as well. Most fiberglass window manufacturers offer the same type of styles that most other materials can fit. Something that also is great about fiberglass is that the frame is a lot thinner and not as visible as other materials. If you are looking for the maximum amount of light to come through fiberglass might be a desirable choice for you if you are willing to pay the premium.  

Energy Efficiency Differences 

Vinyl windows are made of polyvinyl chloride and are equipped with ultraviolet light stabilizers that make the vinyl resistant to breaking down under significant heat. Vinyl has proved to be very energy efficient and will have their max efficiency for many years to come. The insulated frames make vinyl windows an excellent choice for those looking for their windows to pay themselves off. Vinyl windows come in either double pane or with even added energy efficiency and cut the amount of noise pollution.  

While vinyl windows are environmentally friendly, the R and U value of fiberglass is slightly better and more energy efficient. Fiberglass itself has been used for over 100 years as an insulator in homes. Fiberglass windows also come in either double pane or triple pane options.  

Durability  

The durability of DaBella’s vinyl windows is exceptionally good and should last in your home for a lifetime. The mechanisms of our vinyl windows should last the lifetime of your home as well. The wonderful thing about our windows is that they come with a limited lifetime manufacture warranty so you can be assured that your windows will be protected for the lifetime of your home.  

Fiberglass windows are slightly more durable because the material does not tend to warp or bend under extreme heat. They can also last the lifetime of your home if you do take proper care of them. They do tend to require quite a bit of maintenance.  

Maintenance 

The remarkable thing about vinyl windows is that they do not require maintenance ever depending on the area you live in. If you live in an elevated temperature area and you notice that the insulation around your window starts to crack, you may need to caulk your windows to restore their full energy capabilities.  

If you do not like the original color of your fiberglass windows, the wonderful thing is that you can paint fiberglass. But if you do paint them, at some point the paint will begin to crack and peel and will require to be repainted if you live in a high heat area.  

Are Vinyl or Fiberglass Windows Better for My Home? 

Vinyl and fiberglass are both great options for your next window replacement project. But since DaBella has industry-leading manufacture warranties for vinyl windows you will stay protected for a lifetime. DaBella has options and styles for vinyl windows for any kind of budget and our installation process is much quicker, easier on your home and cheaper than a fiberglass windows installation. While being virtually maintenance free, strong durability and energy star rated energy efficiency. Vinyl windows are the obvious choice for those looking for a high-quality product at a reasonable price.  

Come To DaBella for Your Next Window Replacement 

DaBella has been transforming the home improvement experience for homeowners for the last 11 years. We believe that the home improvements experience should be easy to understand, knowledgeable and make you feel comfortable with your final decision. With over 20,000 projects completed last year, DaBella is the go-to home improvement contractor you can trust with an outstanding track record of completed projects. We provide lifetime limited manufacture warranties that will keep you protected so that you can keep your peace of mind.  

DaBella offers roofing, siding, windows, gutters and bathtub and shower replacements to homeowners in our 35 offices across 13 states. If your home is showing signs of age or distress and you are looking to add curb appeal and lasting value, contact us today at 844-DaBella and get a complimentary quote. Our home improvement specialists are standing by and are ready to show you the possibilities for your home.

7 Types of Siding For a House

The primary purpose of your siding is to protect your home from all the weather elements including rain, wind, hail, snow as well as others. A professionally installed siding product also helps with insulation from chilly weather and will keep your energy bill low and vice versa for warm weather as well. The functionality of siding is straightforward but choosing the right material and style and color of your new siding for the aesthetic purposes can be detrimental to the curb appeal of your home. It is important to of course get the right siding for your climate but also a color and style of siding that matches your tastes and preferences. We created a list of some of the most popular types of siding for homes, so which type of siding is right for you and your home?  

Vinyl Siding 

Installers putting vinyl siding on home.
Vinyl Siding

Pros: Needs to be painted every 10-20 years, Lower maintenance, Not as expensive as other materials

Cons: Not as durable, disposal and manufacturing process is bad for the environment, melts under high heat 

Vinyl siding is known for its availability in a wide range of colors and wood look options. Vinyl is also well known by many homeowners because of how widely it is used on homes. It makes it a safe choice for homeowners looking for an inexpensive option while still being a quality product that will last.  

Something that you should know is that vinyl is not the most durable type of siding there is. It easily dents and becomes noticeable if you live in an area where it hails often or live near golf course, these dents and holes will populate. Something that you should also note is that vinyl becomes easy access for pests where they can really flourish.  

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding 

Pros: Extremely durable, fire resistant, Lasting color, long lasting, little maintenance.  

Siding - James Hardie Khaki Brown Hardie Lap Siding And Arctic White Trim
James Hardie Fiber Cement

Cons: More expensive than vinyl, LP and composite, not as expensive as other materials.  

James Hardie Fiber Cement siding is commonly found to be one of the most durable materials there is. Fiber cement siding is made up of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. Of course, other manufacturers have different formulas, but the James Hardie brand adds performance enhancing additives that make it the obvious choice for those looking to add substantial value and protection. Fiber Cement is known as being far more fire resistant than vinyl and wood materials and has saved many homes from worst case scenarios in the past. Every James Hardie fiber cement siding comes with the James Hardie Color Plus technology that will help in preserving the color and keeping your siding pristine.   

Some may consider the cost of James Hardie fiber cement as being overwhelming but the security and advantages of James Hardie Fiber Cement that your home will add is second to none. 

LP Smart Siding 

Pros: Comparable warranties, durable, available with a large list of styles and options, comparable cost to most.  

LP siding in brownish color
LP Siding.

Cons: Not suitable for every climate, chipping is common, not fire resistant, pests love LP. 

This type of siding is notably exceptionally durable and available in a wide range of styles and colors. In most cases LP siding will be extremely impact resistant. LP has a comparable cost to most other materials including vinyl and composite.  

LP smart siding is made up of wood fibers and treated with other chemicals to resist pests and termites. These chemicals, if not applied correctly can lose its ability to provide adequate protection from pests. Mentioned earlier, LP smart siding is made of wood and is not fire resistant by any means. Something to consider when looking for your next siding material is the region you live in. Living in an area with high precipitation will not allow you to qualify for a significant percentage of the warranties under LP.  

Composite siding 

Pros: Economically priced, good appearance, Minimal maintenance, durable,  

Brown Composite Siding
Composite Siding

Cons: Color fades after 8-10 years, prone to cracking and splitting, unnatural texture.  

Composite wood siding is made up of wood scraps and then bonded together with resins and then treated with chemicals to avoid mold and insects from penetrating your home. Composite siding does have a wood look if that is what your preference is. For what it is, it is very economical and is not as expensive as wood siding. Composite siding does have a wide range of colors, patterns and textures that will match whatever your preference is. Also, there is exceptionally minimal maintenance needed and it only needs to be repainted every 8-10 years and of course that depends on the climate you live in. The durability of composite siding is much better than vinyl and lasts about 5-10 years longer. It will protect your home from water damage, mold, weather damage, and fungus.  

Whether you think of it as a positive or negative, the color of composite siding will fade at some point and does require to be repainted every 10 years or so. Because of the resin that binds that wood scraps together, composite siding is often found to crack and split which allows moisture to get through and cause a ripple effect throughout your siding. If you are looking for a wood grain texture, this might not be the option for you as it has a very unnatural feeling to it but gives off a wood-like appearance. 

Board and Batten Siding 

Pros: Aesthetically looks great on certain homes, wide range of options, long lasting if there are no issues.  

Cons: More costly than any other siding material, hard to repair, issues with warping, not suitable for every home.  

Often referred to as barn siding, board and batten siding is made of either a composite wood, vinyl, fiber cement, or steel. It is called barn siding

Brown Board & Batten siding
Board & Batten Siding

because it is usually installed into barns but, has been trending for its stacked look that will provide excellent durability. Because of its ability to block out harsh weather conditions, and pests it makes a desirable choice for those looking for a quality siding material. Something else that is great about this type of material is that it will last a few decades with little issues and little maintenance. Along with being lasting, it also comes in a wide range of styles and colors that will match any of your preferences.  

Now for the not so good. Board and batten siding is known as being hard to find. Not a lot of contractors these days offer this type of siding. You are also going to pay a premium price for this as well. Depending on the size and type of home you have, board and batten might not be an excellent choice and may come out awkward looking. The biggest Issues that board and batten siding has is warping. Over time your new siding may warp and let in moisture and eventually rot away resulting in a new replacement job. This type of material is also extremely hard to repair, and any kind of repair usually results in an entire replacement. 

Wood Siding 

Pros: Environmentally friendly, Endless finishes and stains options, durable if maintenance is done correctly, Different wood options to choose,

Wood Siding
Wood Siding

high end luxury item, assorted styles.  

Cons: Expensive to maintain and to repair, pests are an issue, expensive depending on type of wood, fire hazard. 

Wood siding can be a superb choice for those looking for that log cabin look. Wood siding can come in a wide range of types of woods including pine, spruce, fir, cedar, redwood, and cypress. It can also be stained and or painted in any color that you would like. If maintained and cared for on a yearly basis and even on a bi-annual basis it could last for decades. Homeowners nowadays are trying to find ways to set their homes apart and make them unique. Wood shake siding is known to be a luxury item that many prospective home buyers are looking for and could be a selling point. Wood siding can come in many shapes and forms including lap, shingle, shake etc.  

Keep in mind wood siding is a luxury item and with every luxury item there is expensive maintenance to keep it pristine. Homeowners love the wood look, but pests love the wood even more. Termites and other pests might become a problem if they find an entrance into your home and will wreak havoc. As many are aware of, wood siding is not by any means capable of withstanding fires and can increase your home insurance premiums.  

Metal siding 

Pros: Lower maintenance than many other types of siding, insects don’t find metal attractive, very durable, energy efficient, Appearance is more modern, environmentally friendly. 

Red Metal Siding on home
Metal Siding

Cons: Expensive, repairs are costly and challenging, prone to dents that are apparent,  

Metal Siding has been a popular choice in recent years for its modern look and energy efficiency capabilities. This material is able to block UV rays from penetrating your home and helps your home support its temperature inside. Metal siding is also extremely durable and does not break down or lose its appearance over time. It is also very maintenance free with the exception of an annual cleaning with a pressure washer. Also, the manufacturing process as well as the recycling process is very environmentally friendly.  

Much like wood siding, metal siding is a luxury item and is an expensive type of material. This is true as well for any kind of repair. If you are in need of a repair to your metal siding, unfortunately you won’t be able to replace the one spot that needs a repair, and you’ll have to replace the entire panel. This type of material is also prone to dents, but if you do have thicker metal panels than this issue is usually avoidable but of course you’re going to pay a premium for the thickness.   

Which Siding is the best for my home? 

Comparing the materials for your new siding can be extremely hard, especially keeping your budget and your climate in mind. Every home is different, and every home has specific needs. So which material is best for your home? In our 11 years of experience in the home improvement industry, we do recommend American made, James Hardie fiber cement siding for its durable qualities and products that are made specifically for your home climate.  

Your Go-To Siding Home Improvement Contractor 

Transform your home to a new and more updated curb appeal with DaBella. We provide industry leading limited manufacturer warranties and factory-trained installers that get the job done right the first time. If you are interested in seeing what DaBella has to offer, contact us today at 844-DaBella and see why we are the fastest growing home improvement company in the U.S.