Pros and Cons of Tub Resurfacing

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If your bathroom needs an update, you’ll have been looking at new bathrooms and seeing just how expensive they can be. A new bathroom sounds like the answer, but in fact tub resurfacing could be just the thing to give the room a new and improved look. What is it, and how can it benefit you? Here’s everything that you need to know about it.

What Is Tub Resurfacing?

If your tub is beginning to look worn, there’s hope for it yet. You can have professionals refinish your tub, and it will look just as good as new.

The process of tub refinishing can be quite labor intensive, and involves stripping the old finish off the bathtub. After this step, you fill in any cracks, holes or chips. This creates a smooth surface for the refinisher to work with. Finally, you apply a primer, layers of coating, and a finish.

The end result will be a bathtub that looks just like new, without you having to replace the entire bathtub. The end result can last 10-15 years and cost a lot less, so it’s often a good investment.

The Pros And Cons

If you’re thinking about tub resurfacing, you’ll have to weigh up the pros and cons. It’s a good option, but it may not be for everyone. Here’s what you’ll need to think about before making a decision:

Pros

  • Save money: There’s no doubt about it, replacing your bathtub can be expensive. You can buy a tub for cheap if you shop around, but if you want to get in the bathroom, it needs to be cut apart in order to fit in the door. The cost of labor can be very high. While  tub resurfacing can still be labor intensive, it’ll still cost a lot less than actually replacing it.
  • Repurpose an old tub: It may be the case that you just don’t want to replace your tub. Maybe it’s the perfect shape or size for your bathroom, or there’s nothing wrong with it apart from some minor damage. If this is the case, then having it refinished is the much more sensible option.
  • Can be done yourself: While it’s often better to have an expert work on any large jobs like this, refinishing is something that you can do yourself. If you have a bit of know-how, you can refinish your own tub, save more cash, and take pride in a job well done.
  • Can be done quickly: If you replace your bathtub, it can take a while. During that time, you obviously won’t have the use of your bathroom. That isn’t so bad if you have another bathroom you can use. But if you don’t, it can be a huge inconvenience. If you have your tub resurfaced, you will still be without it for a day or two, but the wait is considerably shorter.
  • Change the color of an old tub: If you’ve just moved home, you may well have inherited a tub of an unusual color. Avocado, pink, and yellow bathroom fixtures were very popular once upon a time, but nowadays they just look dated. Tub resurfacing can bring it right up to date in a hurry.
  • Be environmentally friendly: Replacing your tub means you’ll be creating a lot of waste. There’s the old tub itself, then there’s all the packaging and materials needed to put the new tub in. If you reglaze your old tub instead, you’re keeping the tub out of landfill or junkyards, and protecting the environment. After all, there’s no need to replace the tub if it’s structurally sound.

Cons

  • Can be dangerous to do yourself: While you can refinish your own tub, it can be dangerous thanks to the chemicals involved. This is why it’s often better to bring an expert in. If you do it yourself, make sure to ventilate the room, and be sure to wear a mask.
  • Doesn’t last as long as a new tub: It’s true that is you have your tub refinished, it can last another 10-15 years, but it won’t last as long as a brand new tub. However, if you’re not going to be staying in the home for much longer, or if you just want to keep the original tub in use for a while longer, it can be the best way to go.
  • Can become worn after use: As a refinished tub won’t last as long as a new tub, you can expect it to start showing wear after 10-15 years. This can include wearing away, or chipping in often used areas of the tub. If you go into a tub resurfacing project knowing this though, this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Resurfacing Your Tub

There are a lot of reasons why you would want to reglaze your tub rather than replace it. It’s cheaper, it’s quicker, and it lets you keep a tub that structurally sound if just a little dingy.

If you decide to have it done yourself, then it’s a good idea to call in a professional. Look to hire a company that specializes in tub resurfacing and reglazing, as they’ll have the right expertise to do so.

If you do this, you’ll have to do a few things to prepare for them coming. These will include:

  • Picking the color you want for your tub before the company arrive, so they can have the right materials on hand.
  • Fixing any leaky or loose faucets so they’re ready for tub refinishing.
  • Replacing the drain if you wish to before they come, as they will tape it off before they start working and leave it in place.

As you can see, tub resurfacing can give your whole bathroom a new lease of life. If you think your tub just needs some TLC, consider refinishing it instead of replacing the whole tub. Start your project today by calling A-1 Reglazing.