Is Refinishing a Better Option?
Refinishing A Tub:
Why Refinishing A Tub Can Be The Better Option
Most homeowners know that purchasing a new bathtub can be expensive, depending on the specific type of tub. The standard tub is about 5 feet-long, and it’s generally made out of porcelain. The cheapest 5 foot-long tub can run for about $140 at most home improvement stores. Since most homeowners have no construction/renovation skills, hiring a professional contractor is the only option and this is where the inflation begins.
Inflation?…Inflation, which means the ballooning effects of the total project costs. Removing a tub isn’t as easy as you may think. Depending on the contractor who actually put the tub in place, most tubs are screwed and bolted into their current position. Not to mention the copious amounts of adhesive glue that is underneath the tub itself. If you’re thinking about purchasing a new tub then you better factor in the separate costs of the contractor, the plumbing, demolition, removal, tilers and landfill fees.
On the other hand, many homeowners that have dealt with this specific situation have decided to reline or better known as (relining), the tub. Relining a tub usually comes from some form of damage to the tub’s physical structure. Relining is basically a cover-up of the problem, but the expense for doing so can be greater than refinishing the tub in the end. Liners aren’t really a bargain, especially when being compared to refinishing, but it is definitely a lot cheaper than a replacement.