Your Bathtub: Replace it or Reglaze it?

When you’re looking to replace or reglaze your bathtub, there are a few things to consider. In this blog post, we will look at the different types of bathtubs and what you should know when deciding whether to replace or reglaze.

Are you thinking about replacing it? Do you have a cast iron tub that has started to leak or a fiberglass tub with a growing crack? When it comes to replacing it, there are many factors to consider. One factor is the cost. It can be expensive so it is important to take note of any other repairs that may need to be done in the future. If you have an older home, then these repairs might not be something you want to do right now. You might want to save up for them instead. There are also other factors such as if the new ones being installed will require tearing up flooring and walls which could add more expense on top of the installation cost.

What are the different types of bathtubs?

It can be made of a variety of different materials. Some are cast iron or metal while others are fiberglass or acrylic. There are also glass-enclosed tubs that have glass walls and doors.

If you’re looking to replace your old one, it might be worth considering the type of material your new one will be made out of. For example, if your home is older with plaster walls, then you might want to get a fiberglass tub that doesn’t require tearing up any walls.

Do you have questions about replacing or reglazing it? Please leave them in the comments below.

When should I replace my bathtub?

Another factor to consider is if you are looking to upgrade your bathroom. If you are, then you should replace it rather than reglaze it. Replacing it will give your bathroom a more modern look and feel. It will also allow you to switch out tiles or other accessories that match the new style of your bathroom.

Reglazing it can be done for a cheaper price which might seem like the better option. However, this won’t provide you with an updated look as if you were replacing it. There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to replace or reglaze it so make sure to weigh them all before making a final decision.

When should I reglaze my bathtub?

If you are thinking about reglazing it, then the first thing you should consider is the condition of the tub. If there are small cracks, then it may be fine to reglaze it. However, if deep cracks or large chunks are missing, then it may not be worth repairing because it will just continue to get worse. Before deciding on whether to repair or replace it, take a good look at the condition of your current one because this can help make your decision easier.

Reglazing is also a good option for those who don’t want to wait for the installation process to be done and out of their home for that period. You can do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you and have them come back at a later date to install the new tub. The other option is just replacing the old one with a new one altogether which would be much quicker than having it repaired or reglazed.

Should I tear up my flooring and walls to install a new tub?

This decision largely depends on the type of tub you want. For example, if you want a freestanding tub and there is no space to install it in your bathroom, then yes, you would likely need to tear up flooring and walls. However, if you want a traditional one that installs into an existing drain hole or tub niche, then no, most likely not.

For instance, if you have an older home with plaster walls and floorings like linoleum or tile, then installing a new one will likely involve tearing up flooring and walls to replace them with ceramic tile or sheet vinyl. If this is the case, we recommend doing the installation during construction.

Which bathtub material should I get?

The perfect one for you will vary depending on what type of material you prefer. Cast iron tubs are durable and won’t break down like other materials. They can also last decades with proper maintenance. However, this type is more expensive than the other options and should be installed by a professional.

Another option to consider is fiberglass ones. Fiberglass tubs are lighter and cheaper than cast iron tubs but they require more upkeep and they aren’t as durable as cast iron. In addition, if your home has a septic system then installing a fiberglass tub might not be an option for you. You’ll need to have a specialized septic tank installed in your home before installation can take place which will cost you extra money on top of the installation fee for the new one.

The third option is acrylic ones which are becoming more popular these days. Acrylic ones are lightweight and easy to install without harming your home’s flooring or walls because it’s fastened using adhesive tape rather than screws or nails as with other materials. It also retains heat well but it is less resistant to scratches and cracks which makes this material less durable than cast iron or fiberglass.


Every home is different and has different needs, including which type they need. The most important thing to remember is that if you’re going to replace it, you’ll need to tear up parts of your home to install a new one. If this doesn’t sound like an issue for you, then it may be worth the time and money. If you’d like more information on what type is best for you, check out our blog post on the subject.



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