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With careful cleaning, no gritty cleaners, that cast iron tub will last 50-100 yrs. You will probably replace that plastic tub 5-10 times in the same period.

Iron tub requires no additional support under the tub. Fiberglass tubs often require a bed for support. Without the bed, they will feel spongy and will crack prematurely.
 

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I'll put acrylic tubs in my own home - more choice in sizes and shapes and such. In rental units I only put in cast iron. Tenants can't readily damage a cast iron tub.
 
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