Should You Replace Or Refinish Your Bathtub?

If you can purchase a new bathtub for around the same price as having one refinished, why not simply purchase a new one?

A new bathtub can be purchased for as low as $500. However, you cannot replace one for $500. Why is that? Because the house is built around the tub and the most expensive aspect of replacing a tub is not the price of a new tub.

Actually, the most expensive aspect of replacing a bathtub is hidden initially. So what are some of those hidden costs?

Removal and disposal bathtub costs

Will you be able to physically remove the bathtub on your own, remove it from the bathroom, and get it out the front door? If so, how will you dispose of the bathtub?

Even when you are able to get that far into the process of removing your bathtub, some of your bathroom tiles will most likely be torn out, and the plumbing for your new bathtub might not fit your old plumbing fixtures.

So you might need to hire a tile person and also a plumber.

This is how you can easily end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars to replace a $500 tub.

So what makes it a better option to refinish an existing bathtub?

How long is a refinished tub expected to last?

A refinished bathtub’s durability is similar to that of new tubs. If maintained properly, a refinished surface can last 20 years, similar to how long a new bathtub will. If you are in the Phoenix Arizona area, feel free to visit to learn more about bathtub refinishing & tile reglazing.

Is special care required by refinished bathtubs?

Yes, they do. A professionally refinished surface will clean, feel, and look brand new. You need to make sure to only use non-abrasive, mild products without any bleach when you are cleaning them. Like all new surfaces, the shine or finish can be damaged or dulled by bleach or abrasive cleaners.

For optimal results, the caulking (nonsilicone) needs to be maintained around all of the refinished surfaces, and in particular the bathtub. No suction mats should be used with refinished tubs. If you are going to use a non-suction mat, it needs to be removed after every use so that moisture does not build up in between the tub and mat.

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