If your bathtub has suffered stains, chips or cracks, it is time to consider bathtub replacement or repair. Generally, that means deciding between disposing of the old tub and purchasing a new one or refinishing your existing bathtub. Either option can also be particularly ideal if you are remodeling your bathroom and want to change the look of your bathtub. No matter the reason why your tub needs an overhaul, following are some considerations to help you decide whether you should replace or refinish your bathtub.
What is Bathtub Refinishing?
Before comparing the pros and cons of each option, we should explain what bathtub refinishing even is. Refinishing is a bathtub restoration method where the surface of tub tub is sanded down and then recoated. It can be thought of like painting your nails which adds a cosmetic outer layer.
Condition of Bathtub
Arguably, the most important factor when choosing between refinishing and replacement is the condition of your tub. While refinishing is far more affordable than replacement, in some cases it is not an option. For example, bathtub refinishing cannot fix severe cracks or holes. However, if the bathtub is in reasonably good condition with discoloration, small chips and light scratches; refinishing can be an ideal choice. Refinishing is also an excellent route if you desire simply to change the color of the tub.
What is Bathtub Made Of?
Some materials take to refinishing far better than others, so what the tub is made of matters. Cast iron and steel tubs are perfect candidates for refinishing, while more modern (and cheap) bathtubs may not fair as well. In regards to antique or high-end tubs, refinishing is almost always the more cost-effective approach.
How Difficult is Bathtub Replacement?
A cast-iron clawfoot bathtub typically weighs between 200 and 400 pounds. How difficult would it be to safely remove an object of that size and weight out of your house? Will the bathtub fit through the doorways it would need to? Do you have stairs to navigate and the intensive labor this would entail? The option of deconstructing the bathtub is not a welcome thought for anyone!
It’s important to also consider what you are trying to achieve. If you are planning to fully remodel your bathroom, including changing the look of your tub right down to its shape, refinishing is not the best option. However, if you just want to repair minor damage to make the bathtub look brand new, and maybe even change the color of your tub’s finish, refinishing is a great choice.
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While there are a few circumstances where replacement is necessary, in most cases bathtub refinishing is the more cost-effective, labor-friendly option. Call Chips, Tub & Tile Refinishing to get started today!