Why You Should Refinish, Not Replace

If your bathtub has been in service for a few decades, it’s likely seen it’s share of soap scum, cleaners, abrasives and maybe a few dog washes in it. Or maybe you’ve had a faucet with a slow drip, that over time, has deposited rust onto that once all-white porcelain tub.
If you have a fiberglass tub, you might have noticed that over the years it’s become scratched up from constant use, holding your potted plants when you went on vacation, or maybe someone worked a little too hard with an abrasive cleaner. Whatever the case may be, you’ve decided it’s time to replace it. However, there’s a better option – get it resurfaced, instead of replaced.

In the past, homeowners just had to live with the fact that their tub eventually had chips, cracks, spots and stains. The only option that used to exist is replacement. Advances in reglazing surfaces have been made in the last decade, allowing the homeowner to resurface the tub. In addition to being able to resurface the tub, it’s possible to pick from many different colors and finishes, so it’s possible to upgrade that old bright green or pint tub into something modern, fresh and new-looking.

You’ve considered replacing,  but stopped when you realized just how much tearing it out replacing it would really cost you once the job is done. As discussed in previous articles, there are many hidden costs that need to be considered before you start ripping out the existing bathtub – which is why many homeowners are looking at refinishing. Choosing to get it refinished, rather than replaced offers the homeowner many options – including color – that may not be available with a full replacement.

These days, virtually all problems can be fixed, be they holes, bumps, blisters, discoloration, cracks or other cosmetic items. Sometimes a homeowner has misused cleaning materials such as acid, and instead of pouring it down the drain, they’ve put it into the tub and filled it with water. That will cause the bottom of the tub to become irregular looking – but even this type of damage can be repaired by http://surfacemakers.com

If there is serious damage to the fiberglass or porcelain, it’s possible that the bottom of the tub might need to be rebuilt – that is, sand out any imperfections, apply filler where needed then perform the tub restoration. In some instances, where shoddy work was done during the time the house was built, it might be necessary to apply additional support underneath the tub. The way this is done is by drilling holes into the surface, and then injecting foam. The foam will expand into the area beneath the tub, harden, and provide additional support. A typical bathtub that is filled all the way up can weigh up to several hundred pounds!

While your bathtub is being refinished or reglazed, you might discover that you need some parts replaced, such as the spout or drain cover. When the bathtub is being refinished, those items can be replaced at the same time. Another common repair that needs to be made is having areas where caulk needs to be reapplied to ensure a water-tight seal.

There’s more to the job than just making repairs – there’s how the tub will look once it’s finished, which is why many homeowners get their bathtubs refinished. In older homes especially, you might have a bright pink, green or yellow tub. And while that might have been fashionable at the time, it’s not a color scheme that’s seen too often these days. Most of our customers choose either white or cream, opening up options when it comes to decorating the bathroom.