Should You Refinish or Replace Your Bathtub?
If you can buy a new bathtub for about the same cost as getting one refinished, why not just buy a new one?
You can buy a brand new bathtub for as little as $500, but you can’t replace it for that same $500. Why? Because houses are built around bathtubs and the most expensive part of replacing a bathtub is definitely not the cost of the new tub.
As a matter of fact, most of the expense of replacement is initially hidden. What are some of these hidden costs?
Bathtub removal and disposal costs
Can you physically remove the tub yourself, get it out of the bathroom or through the front door? If you can, how will you dispose of it?
Even if you do get that far in the process of removing the tub, part of the bathroom tile will surely be torn away, and the plumbing for the new tub may not fit the old plumbing fixtures at all.
So now you may need to hire a plumber and a tile man as well.
That’s how you could easily end up spending hundreds or thousands of dollars replacing a $500 bathtub.
So what makes refinishing an existing tub a better option?
How long should a refinished bathtub last?
The durability of a refinished bathtub is very similar to that of a brand new bathtub. If properly maintained, a refinished surface could last 20 years, just as a brand new bathtub would.
Does a refinished bathtub require special care?
Yes. A professionally refinished surface looks, feels and cleans like brand new, so be sure to use only mild, nonabrasive products without bleach when cleaning. As with any new surface, the finish or shine can be dulled or damaged by abrasive cleaners or bleach.
For optimal results, maintain the caulking (nonsilicone) around all refinished surfaces, especially bathtubs, and do not use a suction mat of any kind in a refinished bathtub. If you use a nonsuction mat, you must remove it after each use to avoid moisture buildup between the mat and the tub.