Bath Repair Options: Install a Tub Liner or Refinish the Bathtub?

Are you searching for bath repair ideas that won't hurt your wallet? If so, you may want to consider refinishing or purchasing a tub liner for your old, worn out or down-right yucky bathtub.

There are few things as nice as a hot soak in the tub after a long day. However, if your tub has seen better days, it may be time to consider bath repairs with a company like Bathroom Resurfacing SA. While it may seem like a good idea to purchase an entirely new tub, since the cost for the actual unit is relatively low, when you factor in the costs associated with demolition and old tub removal, plumbing and carpentry, the affordable project can cost several thousands of dollars.

Refinishing the existing tub, or installing a liner is a much more viable and affordable option.

Bathtub Refinishing

While there are a number of DIY kits that can be used to refinish a bathtub, the majority of professionals advise against this type of treatment. The kits will require you to apply the special coating with a roller or brush, which can create a painted look to the tub, rather than a refinished appearance.

When a professional is hired for tub refinishing they will sand the old coat away, fill in any scratches or chips and apply another coating. This is done with a sprayer that creates a glossy and smooth surface. This process is much more affordable than other options and can last for several years.

After the refinishing process is complete, it is important that you don't use abrasive scrubbers or powders to clean it, since this can scratch and eventually wear away the newly applied surface.

Bathtub Liners

A tub liner is a molded acrylic insert that are placed inside of your old tub. To get a bathtub liner, a professional will come to your home and take pictures and measure the space. This is then sent to their manufacturing facility, custom-made, delivered and then installed.

An advantage of the liner is that you can order a wall system that matches with built-in shelves and storage cubbies. This means that if the walls in your bathroom are not in perfect shape, a full liner system can help to improve the look of the space.

Making the decision of if you should install a tub liner or refinish the tub will be based on your personal preferences and budget. A liner will be costlier, so if you have limited funds, keep this in mind.