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.

How to Care For and Maintain Reglazed Bathroom Tile

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Your bathroom tile has just been refinished, and you couldn’t be happier with the results. Well done! Under normal use and proper care, your reglazed bathroom tile will give you many years of trouble-free service and beauty.

You have probably been instructed by your installer to refrain from using any parts of the bathroom that have been reglazed for 24 to 48 hours. And even though you can use these surfaces after waiting the prescribed amount of time, you should be aware that the finish will continue to cure for 30 to 90 days. So it is important that you exercise extra caution in those first months and give it proper care in the years ahead.

To maintain its impressive appearance, assure its durability, and protect the warranty on your new reglazed bathroom tile, follow these simple guidelines:

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8 Steps for the Perfect DIY Bathtub Refinish

DIY Bathtub Refinish | A1 Reglazing

There are many reasons homeowners decide to keep their old porcelain tubs, even when they are hard to clean and have stains. One reason is that the tubs are often deeper and more solid than a new tub made of cheap steel. Another reason is that they may not want to damage the tile around their tub when they remove, making it necessary to replace that, too, and adding more cost.

Instead of replacing the tub, some homeowners decide to refinish their tub on their own, especially if they are DIY types who are looking to save some money rather than hiring a professional reglazing company.

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Trending Ideas for Your Tile Reglazing Project

Tile Reglazing | A1 ReglazingDo you have an old, outdated bathroom with tile that’s chipped, cracked, and damaged? A clawfoot tub that’s an eyesore and you are considering removing it? Is the tile in your kitchen or bathroom the wrong color for your taste (a pink bathtub that screams 1956)? Or maybe the trough-style sink in your kitchen is looking more ugly than interesting? Continue reading “Trending Ideas for Your Tile Reglazing Project”

How to Make Your Bathroom Spa-Worthy

Tile Reglazing | A1 Reglazing Once you get past the holidays, winter can turn gloomy. One way to counteract this feeling and re-energize yourself is with a visit to a spa. However, after a long day of work and with the energy-sapping effects of cold weather, you would probably rather skip the expense and stay in your warm house. Continue reading “How to Make Your Bathroom Spa-Worthy”

7 Unique Countertop Ideas for Your Remodel

Tile Refinishing | A1 ReglazingThere is probably no room in the house that has as many functions as your kitchen. No longer is it limited to the utilitarian function of preparing meals and washing dishes. The modern kitchen is often the hub of the home—family and guests gather there to share meals, drinks, and conversation. As such, you want your kitchen to reflect your tastes and sense of style while providing the functionality that you need. Continue reading “7 Unique Countertop Ideas for Your Remodel”

7 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

Common Remodeling Mistakes | A1 ReglazingYou love your house. You’ve lived in it for years, and you can’t imagine being happy anywhere else. Over the years, you’ve changed the carpeting, added new furniture, and installed new cabinet doors in the kitchen. But there is still that old bathroom that keeps reminding you that your house was built and designed in 1975. Here are 7 common remodeling mistakes when it comes to bathroom renovations.  Continue reading “7 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes”

Benefits of Reglazing Your Shower

Benefits of Reglazing Your Shower | A1 Reglazing

If you are thinking about changing the look of your shower, then you might be wondering about the benefits you can receive. Many people just allow their shower to remain in the same condition for many years, and they are not open to other possibilities. We’ll explain 4 benefits of reglazing your shower rather than buying brand new.

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Refinishing Fiberglass: Why You Should Consider It

Refinishing Fiberglass Fixtures in Your Bathroom | A1 ReglazingYour only real complaint about the bathroom is how dull and worn the tub and shower enclosure look. One approach is to rip out the bathing area and have something new installed. Another way to go is to talk with an expert about refinishing fiberglass appliances. Here are some of the reasons why choosing the latter approach is worth considering.
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How Do You Know It’s Time to Refinish the Shower?

How to Tell When It's Time to Refinish the Shower | A1 RegalzingOverall, the bathroom is in good shape. You’re happy with the size and layout, the fixtures still look as good as they did when they were first installed, and the floor tile has held up well. One area you’re not crazy about is the shower stall. While it’s behind the curtain most of the time, investing in the time to refinish the shower may be a good idea. Here are a few signs that it wouldn’t hurt to have an expert take a look.

The Tiles are Dull Even After Cleaning

The shower tiles used to have a slight sheen after they were cleaned. These days, the best you can hope for are surfaces that are obviously free of any type of soap scum. While the shower walls don’t really look dirty, they don’t look as fresh and clean as you would like. Instead of ripping out the tiles and installing new ones, consider having a professional refinish the shower. That nice sheen you enjoyed so much will be back, and the space will look fresh every time you clean.

A Few Marks Here and There

Over the years, the tiles have sustained some slight cosmetic damage. There’s nothing bad enough to interfere with the function, or allow water to leak into the walls behind the tile. It just makes the shower look bad.

Did you know that refinishing can fill in those tiny cracks and make the scratches less visible? After the job is done, it’ll be hard to tell where those imperfections were just a day or two ago.

The Color is Dated

You liked that sage green shower tile for a number of years, but it doesn’t do much for you now. Instead of assuming you’re stuck with it, talk with a pro about using a refinishing method that will alter the color. It’s not as hard as you think to refinish the shower and have gleaming white instead of the dated green.

You Need Access to the Shower

Shower refinishing takes a fraction of the time that a complete shower renovation requires. That’s good news, since trying to get by without a shower for more than a day or so can be difficult. Even if you have a second bathroom, coordinating a shower schedule with the rest of the family can be difficult. Opting for the refinishing means less disruption of the household routine, and minimizes the potential for more chaos first thing in the morning.

Replacing the Tile is Out of the Question

Even if you were in the mood to have the shower tile ripped out and replaced with new product, there’s not enough money in the bank to cover the cost. Since you don’t want to borrow the money and add one more line item to the household budget, why not see what refinishing will do? In many cases, this technique will eliminate any issue you have and the cost will be a fraction of replacing that older tile.

Don’t assume there is nothing you can do to restore the look of an older shower stall. There’s plenty of ways to manage the task without having to go through the mess of replacing the tile or shouldering an expense that makes it necessary to eat macaroni and cheese four nights a week. Talk with a local professional about what it would take to refinish those older shower tiles. Once you know more about the process, what it will do, and how long it will take, your decision will be easy to make.

 

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