How many new words are around us! Someone had not yet had time to get used to acrylic bathrooms, when suddenly quaril ones appeared. The fact that the names of these products are consonant is not a coincidence. Quaril baths are a more perfect version of acrylic. Thanks to special additives, it was possible to get rid of some of the disadvantages of acrylic bowls, getting strong, stable, durable and beautiful bathtubs. Since we are talking about a novelty in the world of plumbing, not everyone still knows what quarian baths are, what are their advantages, disadvantages and features, is it worth considering them for purchase or is it better to stay on more conservative analogs. We understand all the nuances and learn to choose the right quaril bath.
# 1. What is kvaril, and how are kvaril baths made?
Kvaril is a composite material that has appeared quite recently and was originally used to repair plumbing made from other materials. Later it turned out that kvaril has unique properties, so it can be used not only for repairs, but also for the production of plumbing fixtures. This is how the first quarian baths and shower trays appeared.
Quaril is created on the basis of quartz (up to 60%), acrylic and polymer additives. Quartz particles are placed in an acrylic shell, later such individual elements are bonded with acrylic with additives. Quartz is responsible for the rigidity and strength of the product, acrylic – for its elasticity, and various impurities allow you to give the bath the necessary shade, texture, and improve its sound insulation.
The technology for the production of quaril was developed by Villeroy & Boch, which today is practically a monopoly in the production of quaril baths. The products obtained from the new material amazed the developers with their operational qualities, therefore today it is one of the main directions of the company’s activity.
Quaril baths are cast in special shapes. Plastic material allows you to form a product of any shape and size. The wall thickness varies widely, from 8 to 18 mm, in some cases reaching 25 mm at the bottom. Looking ahead, we note that tough, durable quaril bowls do not need additional reinforcement. The production process ends with the application of a special varnish composition, which will become additional protection against negative external influences.
# 2. Quaril baths: advantages and disadvantages
The production technology tells us that quaril baths should have the same advantages as their acrylic ancestors, but in some respects they will even surpass them. And there is. All those qualities for which we love acrylic products have been preserved in the kvarilovy bathrooms, we managed to get rid of some of the minuses, but, alas, they were replaced by new flaws. But let’s talk about everything in order.
The main advantages of kvaril baths:
durability and scratch resistance. This is so lacking in acrylic baths, but thanks to the introduction of quartz into the composition, it was possible to create a miracle. Due to the fact that the walls of the product are thick and rigid, there is no need to use an additional reinforcing frame, as is the case with the acrylic analogue. Kvaril independently copes with loads from water and a person bathing. This not only simplifies installation, but also frees your hands in terms of bowl placement and bathroom interior organization;
durability. The manufacturer gives a 10-year warranty on the quartz products, but the service life is much higher, if, of course, proper care has been provided. The company that created the quaril says that scratches and burn marks can be easily removed from the surface of the bathtub;
ease of care. The surface of the quare is smooth, practically has no pores, so that dirt does not accumulate in the walls, and any dirt can be washed off well with a regular sponge and the simplest detergent. It is not recommended to use abrasive substances;
excellent performance of heat and sound insulation. Kvaril perfectly dampens the sound of falling water, so your nerves can rest. Moreover, the material retains heat well, so the owner of such a bath will be able to afford long and comfortable water procedures without worrying that the water will cool down quickly;
weight. A quartz bath is much lighter than a cast iron one, but heavier than an acrylic one. This is the flip side of the strength and rigidity that quartz gives. Weight is comparable to steel tubs and is about 40-50 kg;
beautiful appearance. The surface of the bath is smooth, but not slippery, captivating with a sparkling whiteness. The variety of shapes and sizes is sufficient. There are models with hydromassage;
relatively simple installation.
There are also some disadvantages:
price. Quaril baths are produced by virtually the only company, the technology is new, and it is still expensive, so the product cannot be cheap. The price is higher than for acrylic bathtubs, but it is justified by durability and a host of other advantages. Let us note that quaryl baths are far from the most expensive pleasure. There are also bowls made of natural stone, which can be called a real luxury;
- so far, only baths and shower trays are produced from quaril, so in rare cases it will be possible to face the difficulty of selecting a suitable ensemble. However, the snow-white surface of the quartz will be combined with the surface of porcelain and earthenware plumbing – difficulties may arise in coordinating the shape;
in terms of strength, quaryls are significantly superior to acrylic, but inferior to steel and cast iron. This means that it is still possible to leave a scratch on the surface, but you should not worry too much, because there is a special paste, thanks to which you can make repairs at home;
kvaril is afraid of high temperatures, but such hot water cannot be heated with a boiler, and a person cannot swim in it. The material begins to deform at rates significantly exceeding + 1000C;
- there is some limitation in shapes and colors. Yes, you can create almost any bowl from the material, and at the moment there is a sufficient assortment of different models on the market, but in terms of diversity, quaril products are still inferior to acrylic ones.
No. 3. Form and type of installation
Recall that kvaril is a plastic material, and you can get a bathtub of any shape (with rounded and straight lines) and any size from it. At the moment, baths of the following forms are most common:
rectangular – classics of the genre. Such a product can be used in a bathroom of any size, but is often installed where there is not much free space. Rectangular baths can be quite large;
oval – a slightly more sophisticated modification of a rectangular bath, a very common option that makes the interior of the room more interesting;
corner, or with a beveled side – capacious bowls that are great for square bathrooms and will be appropriate when space is in short supply. They will allow you to truly enjoy water treatments;
round bathtubs look spectacular and immediately attract attention. Such products are often placed on the podium, or, conversely, deepened, getting a kind of pool. Naturally, this option is more suitable for a private house – such a bathtub will not fit in typical apartments with the minimum required number of square meters;
hexagonal and other fancy bathtubs, like round ones, will be appropriate only in spacious bathrooms.
Depending on the shape and size of the bowl, and the parameters of the bathroom, two main options for installing the bath are allowed:
The first option is familiar to all of us and is very popular in small bathrooms. Often such bathtubs are covered with a screen, behind which they store a bunch of useful little things, such as household chemicals, sponges, etc.
If the area allows, then why not put the bath not close to the wall, but in the center of the room? Such a font will look good, but you will have to work hard to connect it to the water supply and sewerage system, as well as to mask all communications.
No. 4. Quaril bath size
Who among us does not dream of having a full-length bath so that in the evening, after a busy day at work, we can relax while enjoying water treatments? Unfortunately, the bathrooms in our apartments do not always allow us to place a bathtub of the size that you want, so you have to make a compromise. Before heading to the store, it is better to draft a bathroom and indicate the dimensions of the room. On the plan, given the location of the sewer and water pipes, it is necessary to indicate where the pieces of furniture and plumbing will be. This will make it easier to understand how best and easier to arrange everything you need, and what size all elements should be, including the bath.
The length of the kvaril baths ranges from 160 to 190 cm. Baths of 160-170 are the standard. Most buyers stop at this size. Sitting bathtubs (length 120 cm) are not yet produced. For owners of spacious bathrooms, there are large bathtubs 180-190 cm long – even the tallest person can easily fit in such a bowl, and legs bent at the knees will not overshadow water procedures. The above-mentioned German manufacturer of quarian baths produces a 210 cm long hexagonal bowl.
As for the width, most of us will be comfortable in a bowl of 70-75 cm. This corresponds to the standard width of the baths. There are products that are wider – up to 90 and even 95 cm, and that same hexagonal bath reaches 100 cm in width.
Corner baths have a side length of about 150 cm.
No. 5. Quarry baths from Villeroy & Boch
The German company Villeroy & Boch is the only manufacturer of quartz baths so far. It was here that this material was invented and began to be used for the production of sanitary ware. Today the assortment of quarian baths is represented by several collections – there is a product for any interior style. A monopoly company can set any prices for its products, but it tries to make its products as affordable as possible. Kvaril is more expensive than acrylic and even more so steel – the simplest kvaril bath, which has a set of unique properties, will cost twice as much as a quality acrylic product.
The Villeroy & Boch range includes rectangular, oval, hexagonal and round models. There are baths on legs. The most expensive products are equipped with hydromassage: thanks to the operation of a special motor, water from the bath will return to the bath through the nozzles. Water is supplied under pressure and mixes with air, therefore it has a pleasant effect on the body. Some of the manufacturer’s samples are equipped with handles, and some models are equipped with external shelves for folding bath accessories.
No. 6. Features of installing quaril baths
Installation of quaril baths is easier than acrylic and cast iron, so if you have certain skills, you can do all the work yourself. Please note that some bath models are sold without waste and overflow holes. This is so that the predetermined arrangement of these holes does not reduce the range of choices. In a bathtub that is the right shape, style and size, the experts will cut all the necessary holes in the places you specify.
In general terms, the installation process looks like this:
- assembly and installation of the frame, if necessary. The rigid walls of the quartz baths allow you to do without a frame, but some still install it. As a rule, the frame is supported by adjustable feet, thanks to which you can change the level of the bath and achieve a precise leveling with slightly uneven floors. When installing the bath on a frame and then using the screen, you get additional storage space for small items;
- installation and fastening of a bath on a crucian carp or on legs;
- connecting the bath to the sewerage;
- installation of mixers;
- checking the bath for leaks. The bowl must be filled with water and see if there are any leaks. If anything, you will have to use a sealant and gaskets.
No. 7. Kvarilovy bathroom care
The surface of the quaril baths is smooth, so dirt does not tend to accumulate in the walls. Therefore, rough cleaning methods with brushes and abrasives will not be necessary – in fact, they will even be harmful. To keep the quaril bath clean, it is enough to wash it 1-2 times a week with a soft sponge or cloth using any non-abrasive detergent.
Kvaril is a durable material that copes well with all kinds of loads and influences, but cracks and chips may appear on it over time. It will be possible to get rid of them at home, using special means for the reconstruction of the quarry.
Finally, we note that a quaril bath is an excellent investment. A beautiful, durable, durable, warm and quiet product will make water procedures as comfortable as possible.