Should I Replace or Refinish My Tub?

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Why spend money on repairs when a brand-new tub can be purchased for almost the same price?

Although a brand-new bathtub may be purchased for less than $500, replacing an old one will cost much more. Why? Despite not being the most expensive home repair project, these spaces frequently receive the most attention.

The majority of the replacement cost is really originally hidden. Can you provide some illustrations of these “hidden costs”?

Tub Removal & Disposal Costs

Are you able to remove the tub by yourself from the bathroom? Does the restroom or the lobby have access? If you can get rid of it, how do you propose to do it?

When you try to enlarge the tub that far, there’s a good risk you’ll break some tiles, and the plumbing for the new tub might not work with the current fixtures. As a result, you could also require the help of a plumber and a tile installer. Because of this, repairing a $500 bathtub might easily cost several hundred dollars.

Why Does Refinishing Outperform Other Options?

A renovated bathtub lasts just as long as a new one. A repaired surface can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance, the same lifespan as a brand-new bathtub.

Do refinished tubs require particular maintenance?

Yes. Never use bleach on professionally refinished surfaces if you want them to maintain their brand-new appearance for as long as possible. The shine or luster can be dulled or damaged by abrasive cleaners like bleach, just like they would on a brand-new surface.

If you want your refinished surfaces to last as long as possible and appear as good as new, keep the non-silicone caulking in good condition and avoid using a suction mat in the tub. By removing the mat after each usage, mildew formation between the non-suction mat and the tub can be avoided.



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