Benefits of Keeping Your Old Bathtub Out of the Landfill

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Bathtubs are one feature of your home that you rarely think about until they begin to cause a problem. Although your bathtub is made from durable materials that are meant to last for years, they do eventually need to be replaced or repaired after constant wear and tear leads to obvious damage. Unfortunately, many people simply toss their old bathtub when it ages, which contributes to landfill waste and a costly replacement. Tossing your old bathtub into the landfill not only impacts your wallet, but it impacts the environment as well.

The average cost of buying a completely new bathtub is approximately $2,838. This cost is only for the new tub. It doesn’t take into consideration the cost of removing your old bathtub, disposing of the old tub, or of installation costs for the new one.

Many people choose to completely replace their bathtub because they are unaware that other options exist. They do now know that refinishing an old bathtub can save them up to 75% of the cost of installing a new tub! Not only does this option save you money, but it also helps the environment as well. By refinishing your old bathtub instead of replacing it, you keep your tub out of the landfill.

Avoid this common bathroom remodeling pitfall by understanding your options for bathtub refinishing.

Types of Old Bathtub Repair

There are several types of bathtubs. Each type can be refinished as long as it does not have any major leaks that would interfere with the reglazing process. The five most common materials for bathtubs are:

  • Porcelain Enameled Steel
  • Acrylic
  • Fiberglass
  • Enameled Cast Iron
  • Cast Polymer

Whether you have an acrylic, porcelain or fiberglass tub, you can restore it to look brand new by covering up scratches and minor chips. Regardless of which material you currently have, reglazing the tub can save money, time, and effort. It will leave you with an old bathtub that looks and feels brand new!

A quality reglazing professional can also restore antique clawfoot tubs without detracting from its vintage beauty.

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What to Expect During the Process

The process used for your bathtub reglazing project will depend upon the extent of existing damage and the type of materials from which it is made. For most projects, the process will involve several steps. This begins with cleaning the surface using special cleansers and repairing minor chips so that the surface is completely smooth. Then, an etching agent prepares the surface to bond with the finishing materials. Multiple coats of primer are then applied to the bathtub followed by several more coats of enamel. Once the process is complete, you will have a beautiful new surface that is similar to that on new bathtubs.

Additional Options for a Complete Bathroom Makeover

Sometimes, people notice other imperfections in their bathroom once the bathtub refinishing process is complete. If this happens, it is not a concern since your bathtub reglazing company can also refinish sinks, tile and showers. Refinishing other features of your bathroom will enhance the effect of having your bathtub reglazed.

For example, you can change your tile colors through the refinishing process rather than completely tear out your shower or bathroom walls. You might be surprised at how many options you have for reglazing. From sinks, bathtubs, and showers, to fiberglass and tile, you can make your bathroom look completely brand new.

Enjoy Long Lasting Results

Many bathtub reglazing projects can be completed in one day. However, it may take up to 72 hours before you can use your bathtub or shower if you have fiberglass or tile refinished. Either way, this is still a shorter turnaround time than you would experience with a total bathtub replacement project. The short turnaround time is convenient when you need to use your bathroom. However, it is also important to understand that the reglazing process delivers long lasting results that can last up to 20 years with proper care. This is comparable to the length of time that a brand new bathtub would last. Yet, you get the added advantage of paying far less than you would for a new bathtub.

Refinishing your bathtub and other fixtures is naturally better for the environment. This is because it stops these items from sitting in landfills where they never biodegrade. While this is important for the world, you will enjoy personal benefits such as saving money and time on your bathroom makeover. From restoring an old bathtub to brand new condition to refinishing tile and showers, you can transform your bathroom into an oasis while benefiting from simply repairing minor imperfections on an otherwise sturdy tub.

 

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.

Everything You Need To Know About Painting A Bathtub

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Your bathroom is in dire need of an overhaul, but you just don’t want to rip the whole thing out just yet. After all, the bathtub is still in good condition, it’s just a little outdated. More and more homeowners are now looking to repaint their bathtubs instead, prolonging the life of their bathroom. To prolong the life of your tub rather than buying a new one, here is everything you need to know about painting a bathtub.

Why Paint Your Bathtub?

There are a few different reasons why painting a bathtub is a good idea, rather than having a new one installed.

Color

Your bathtub may be the perfect shape and size for you, but the color is just awful. Anyone who’s living with an avocado green or powder pink bathroom suite will tell you, it’s not ideal. It seems wasteful to remove it all though, so instead you could paint it.

There are cracks and chips

This is especially true of anyone who has a cast iron or enamel bathtub. Those bathtubs can last a long time, and look beautiful, but they do get cracked and chipped over time. You can repair those issues, and then repaint the tub for a flawless finish.

To save money

You may feel as though you really could use a new bathroom, but you just don’t have the cash for it. After all, it can be a very expensive remodeling job. If this is the case, painting a bathtub could be the best option for you. You can get the bathroom looking neat and modern, without having to spend a fortune.

Some people may decide that painting their bathtub is a great idea, as it could help them sell their home. However, you shouldn’t rely on it as a method of making your bathroom attractive to new buyers. If cared for properly, a refinished tub can last about 5 years

DIY Bathtub Painting vs. Professional Painting

If you’ve decided to have the tub repainted, you’ll have to decide whether you want to do it yourself, or have the professional come in and do it for you. The DIY Network covers the pros and cons of each. Here’s a rundown of the benefits and drawbacks:

Hiring a professional

  • Colors: There are more choices for the color you can have, so you’ll get the exact shade you were looking for.
  • Safety: Professionals are fully trained, and will come with their own safety gear.
  • Shorter time frame: You’ll have your bathroom back quicker, as the materials used will dry and cure quicker.
  • Cost: You will pay more for this to be done, which may be a problem if you’re looking to save money.

DIY Bathtub Painting

  • Cost: You’ll save money as you’ll be doing the job yourself, so as long as you have the time, you can save a bundle.
  • Materials: You can easily get the right materials for the job, if you ask when you go shopping.
  • Time: It will take longer to do the job, so you might be without that bathroom for a while.
  • Safety: You can be safe if you take the right steps, but you must be careful. The materials used can be dangerous if you’re not.

Steps For Painting a Bathtub Yourself

If you’re looking at painting a bathtub yourself, there are some steps you’ll have to take to ensure the job is done well. Here are some helpful steps to follow when you’re looking to go the DIY bathtub painting route.

  • Gather your materials: Make sure you’re buying the right materials for your bathtub. The paint you use will differ, depending on what kind of tub you have. You’ll also need a mask, and application tools.
  • Cover the area around the tub: You don’t want your whole bathroom to be covered in paint, so make sure everywhere is covered. It’s also a good idea to remove any fittings from the tub before you start.
  • Ventilate the area: This step is incredibly important. If you breathe in the fumes, it could cause you harm. Use a mask, open the windows, and use fans to ventilate the area as best as you can.
  • Painting a bathtub: The way you paint your bathtub will differ, depending on the kind of tub you have. Use the instructions on this page in order to make sure you’re using the right method for you.
  • Let the paint dry: How long you have to wait will depend on the method you used. Look at the instruction on the paint you bought, as it should give you the right drying time for your bathroom. If you can, leave it longer than that, to really let it cure. It’s also best not to have any long, hot baths for a while after the bathroom is back in use.

Benefits of Painting Bathtubs

If you take your time and are careful with the application, you can get amazing results for your bathtub. With repainting your bathtub, it’s important to remember that no matter how good you are, the paint won’t last forever. You’ll need to be willing to paint it again or remove the bathtub, once it begins to chip. If you’re looking for a shorter term solution though, this is the best way to go about it. You can drastically change the look of your bathroom, for less than you’d think.

You can really create a bathroom look that’s all your own. Whether you get a professional to refinish and repaint it, or go for it yourself, you’ll have a bathtub that looks perfect for years to come.

 

8 Steps for the Perfect DIY Bathtub Refinish

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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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Time For a New Bathroom: Design Ideas That Provide Style Without a Huge Cost

How to Create a New Bathroom While Staying in Budget | A1 ReglazingEven though there’s some money set aside for remodeling the master bathroom, you can’t spend the cash with abandon. One way to stretch those dollars is to make some enhancements to the elements you already have in the space. Here are some suggestions that you can use to transform it into a new bathroom and still keep within your budget.

Dealing With an Older Tub

The bathroom currently sports a beautiful cast iron clawfoot tub. While it’s true that the finish is wearing a little thin in places, you really don’t want to get rid of it. After all, you’ve had plenty of relaxing soaks after those rough days at work.

Still, you would like to add a shower to the space. Wouldn’t the tub have to go in order to make room for a stall? Actually, a contractor can show you an easy trick so you can have your soak and still shower when you want.

All you will really need to do is invest in having the tub refinished. That takes care of the worn spots and also gives you the chance to change the color if you like. Consider using one color for the inside and for the lip. The body can sport another color that you plan on using in the space.

For the shower aspect, the contractor can outfit the tub with the right type of hardware to create a shower. That includes a shower head that is mounted above the tub and operated by the hardware near the spigot. Add a suspended frame for a shower curtain and you enjoy a bubble bath or take a quick shower, whichever you prefer. This creates the look of a new bathroom and new tub, while keeping a budget.

How About the Lavatory and the Toilet?

Take a good look at the condition of the lavatory and the toilet. Are they still in good shape? Do you like the size and the style of both? If so, why replace them? You can have these elements refinished to match the new color scheme used for the tub. That helps add visual unity to the space and gives you some idea of what other colors you can introduce.

Doing Something with the Tile

The wall and floor tiles do have a few minor flaws, but overall they are in good shape. Since you like the size and the style, why not change the color. It’s simply enough to have a professional come in and refinish the surfaces and provide any color you want. Choose something that will continue the theme you’ve already started with the tub, toilet, and lavatory.

How About the Rest of the Walls?

If your bathroom walls are not completely covered with tiles, you do need to come up with a solution for the painted surfaces. One approach is to pick a third color that works with what you’ve already settled on for the tile and the other major elements. You could also consider investing in some type of vinyl wall covering to add a pattern to the solid colors you are using in the space. Make sure the pattern does pick up on those other colors and there will be no trouble creating the unified look you want.

Finish the Job with Some New Fixtures and Hardware

Consider changing out the taps on the lavatory, the door pulls on the cabinetry, and even the knobs on the bathroom door. Make sure they are functional as well as decorative. Nothing is gained by installing something that looks great but is hard to use.

Remember that before you make any changes to the space, talk with a professional and work out the details for the renovation. That makes it easier to address each change in a logical manner, and will stretch your budget a little further.

 

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Budget Friendly Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

kitchen and bathroom remodelIt can be tricky to figure out what the possibilities are for a kitchen and bathroom remodel when you are on a budget. Luckily, there are many ways to Make the space look brand new without having to buy a whole knew kitchen or bathroom. For example, if you have cabinets that look outdated you can paint them. In addition, if you do not like the layout of your cabinets, you can remove and reinstall them.

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Bathroom Remodel Ideas: How to Have a Spa Bathroom for Less

bathroom remodelContemporary spa-like bathrooms are the newest trend in home remodeling at the current moment and it is no wonder. These luxurious bathrooms offer the ultimate in relaxation. With features such as dramatic soaker tubs, heated floors, custom lighting, skylight, they are the perfect tranquil setting to help you relax after a long day at work. The only drawback to a spa-like bathroom retreat is the cost. For a lot of homeowners, these features are out of reach. Fortunately, you can give your bathroom the rejuvenating feel of a spa with these cost-effective ideas.

Repaint Your Walls and Cabinets With a Spa-Like Color Palette

Nature-inspired colors, such as green, gray and brown provide a spa-like feeling. These colors are calming. A soothing blue-green scheme can be used to create a relaxing ambience in your bathroom. Use a light green color to transform your bathroom into a tropical paradise. This Earthy, organic color will help your bathroom feel like a spa day in Bali. If you have a window, add some tropical plants. Tropical greenery, such orchards, will invoke the image of lush foliage.

Update Your Lighting

Create tranquility and serenity with dimmer lights. Dimmer lights can transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis. With the help of a dimmer, you can soften your lighting and get the spa-like feel when you need a soothing soak in the tub. Hang pendants above the bathroom vanity to provide warmth that is perfect for a spa setting. Use cove lighting in the ceiling to set the mood for a relaxing shower.

Install a Massaging Shower Head

A massaging shower head is a very budget-friendly update that will help satisfy your relaxation needs. A massaging or a rain showerhead will help give your bathroom a spa feel and look as well as provide a relaxing shower experience. This is a DIY job perfect for the weekend. All that is needed is a wrench and 10 minutes to install the showerhead.

Add Some Nice Smells

Adding some nice smells to your bathroom can help turn it into a place for relaxation. Peppermint-scented soaps, lavender and jasmine lotions, coconut shampoos and other spa-like smells are a nice touch for any spa bathroom. The addition of fragrance sticks, scented diffusers or scented candles are also great for a luxurious spa-like experience. The soft glow of a candlelight will give your bathroom a relaxed feel.

Transform Your Bathtub With Reglazing

Is your bathtub rusted, chipped or unattractive? An ugly bathtub makes it impossible to create a relaxing spa-like bathroom. Instead of getting rid of the bathtub, give new life to it with reglazing. You can hire a professional refinishing company to reglaze your bathtub at a fraction of the cost of a new one. Reglazing will make your bathtub look brand new again. In addition, this process does not take long. You can usually use your bathtub within a day or two.

You can have a bathroom with amenities on par with your favorite spa by making just simple changes. Using the above tips will help you turn your bathroom into an oasis without the spa price tag.

 

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How a Shower Refinish Will Save You Money

How a Shower Refinish Will Save You Money | A1 ReglazingYour kitchen can be the most expensive room to renovate in your house, but a full bathroom renovation is easily second. Much of the cost is the labor involved in demolition and reconstruction. When you have to tear out infrastructure such as flooring, walls and fixtures, it takes time, has disposal costs, and then the rebuilding begins. Many bathrooms can benefit with surfaces being refinished instead of replaced. Tile, porcelain and fiberglass can have worn, dull and damaged surfaces refinished to make them look brand new without having to tear anything out and replace it. By choosing a shower refinish, your bathroom looks brand new, for a cheaper price.

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Reglazing and Refinishing: Bathroom Restoration

Bathroom Restoration Options | A1 ReglazingReglazing is Economical

If your home’s bathroom is looking worn and tacky, then it is time to upgrade and complete a bathroom restoration project with professional reglazing. Reglazing is an economical way to improve the appearance of bathtubs, sinks and shower stalls. While renovating a bathroom with new plumbing fixtures can require a complete tear out of drywall, tiles and water pipes, refinishing is a quick process that requires less time. Reglazing is also a less expensive process than a complete remodel with new fixtures.
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Refinishing Fixtures and Surfaces in Bathrooms is Affordable

refinishing There are good reasons to update a bathroom in a residential or commercial property, including improving the appearance of its plumbing fixtures, floors and countertops. The bathrooms in all types of buildings undergo constant use, leading to a lot of wear and tear to surfaces. Homeowners and property managers might think it is too expensive to remove sinks and bathtubs to replace the devices with new models, but refinishing fixtures is more affordable. These are the items that a technician can reglaze or refinish in a bathroom:

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