Bathtub Makeover – What are My Options?


Bathtubs can be a place to relax, but the aesthetics place a big part. If your tub is stained, worn or damaged it can give the feel of uncleanliness. Physiologically we need that sparkle to make us believe it is clean.

Let’s face it, continuous usage over time, rust, grime, and cracks can make your relaxing oasis look like a gross nightmare. We want to give our bathtubs a makeover but put it on hold because the project can be overwhelming financially and physically.

The good news is whether you’re dealing with a pale faded finish, cracks, minor rust spots, or a major mess, there are bathtub remodeling options.

Here are the best ways to renovate your bathtub and turn it into a beautiful bathroom fixture you can be proud to use as well as show to others.

1. Bathtub Reglazing/Refinishing

This bathtub renovation option is known by many names — resurfacing, recoating, refinishing or reglazing — but it is actually a pretty straightforward process. A professional refinishing contractor starts by prepping the tub’s surface, fills in cracks and worn areas, and then applies coats of porcelain glaze. This is not to be confused with painting the tub.

A good quality porcelain refinishing coat comes with a 5-year warranty, is non-toxic, and makes your old, worn-out bathroom tubs look like new once again at a fraction of the cost of replacement.

The biggest downside for some is that you will still have the same style bathtub although you can change the color.

2. Bathtub Liners

Bath liners are basically an acrylic replica of your current bathtub. However, you can choose the color and skirt style for your design needs. Liners are quite easy to install. Professionals install the liner on top of the existing bathtub, then adhere it permanently combining two-sided tape and silicone acrylic.

Installation of bathtub liners typically takes a day or two, but the whole process can take a month or two because installers first need to take photos and measurements of the area before molding a liner out of acrylic.

The downside is this is not a hard glossy finish and therefore is not as durable as refinishing.

3. Bathtub Replacement

Whether your bathtub is simply nasty or you want a fresh start, a total bathtub replacement is another option to consider. This is undoubtedly the most time-intensive and expensive option and involves taking out your existing bathtub in order to install a new one.

This option typically involves removing wall tiles, which can also lead to sheetrock and/or plaster repairs as well. The entire replacement process can be lengthy and expensive. Choose it only if this is the last alternative for you.

Our recommendation for minimal budget and downtime is the refinishing. As long as you select an experienced reglazing company, like Total Koatings, that uses quality materials you won’t be disappointed.



Author: Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith is the founder and co-owner at Total Koatings, Inc in Sarasota, Florida. This is a family franchise business owned by Jerry and daughter Jodie Smith with Jerry's sons Steve and Randy both factory trained technicians along with other non-family staff. Serving Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties since 2006 with thousands of satisfied customers.

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