An important facet of any bathroom remodeling project is replacement or restoration of the bath tub. Replacing a bathtub involves considerable expense - cost of a new bath tub, replacing the plumbing and redoing the tiles and flooring. A viable alternative to a new bath tub is to refinish and upgrade the bathtub. Bathtub refinishing and bathtub resurfacing involve surface restoration processes. This can be done at a fraction of the cost of a new bath tub. Bath tub liners are yet another option that can be considered.
Bath Tub Restoration
Over a few years, the bathtub tends to get stained and scratched. This drab and dirty bath tub can be an eyesore in your bathroom. Bathtub replacement involves removal of all tiles and drywall surrounding the tub. Then a new tub is secured in place. The plumbing is re-attached and the drywall is replaced along with tiles, grout and caulk. Restoring your bath tub can liven up your bathroom and lend it a totally new look at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Refinishing the existing bathtub is a quick and affordable alternative to bathroom remodeling.
Bath Tub Refinishing
Resurfacing and refinishing a bath tub requires trained craftsmen. The professional refinishers will give your old bath tub an upgrade by ridding it of unsightly stains, scratches, dents and leaks and giving it a totally new appearance. Bath tub restoration also involves removal and reinstallation of drains. The tub and tile joints must be re-caulked and the chrome fixtures must be cleaned. The process of bathtub restoration involves scraping and washing the surface and applying a solvent.
The surface of the bathtub is then etched and neutralized and sand papered. The special chemical that is used by professional refinishing companies is Aliphatic Acrylic Polyurethane Enamel. Re-glazing and restoring the bathtub will improve its longevity as well as enhance the appearance of the bathroom. If your bathtub is in need of extensive repair work, it might be worthwhile to replace it with a new one.
Re-glazing and restoring the bath tub can be done in a matter of a day at most and therefore you are saved the inconvenience. This job is done by trained craftsmen who are skilled in restoring and refurbishing old bath tubs and other surfaces.
Bath Tub Liner
Another alternative to replacement of an old bathtub is to use bath tub liners. Bath tub liners come in a variety of colors and resist chipping and scratches. They are custom made to fit over your old and worn out bath tub. An estimator will identify your existing tub and take precise measurements. The new bath tub liner is installed over the existing tub. In a matter of a few hours, you will have a bath tub that is good as new. The rest of the bathroom remains undisturbed. You are saved the costly replacements to walls, flooring and plumbing.
Acrylic bath tub liners are lustrous and glossy and come in a wide range of colors and can be matched with your existing tiles and flooring. With a life expectancy of nearly 20 years, it is little wonder that acrylic bath tub liners are a popular choice for bathtub restoration. Liners with molded slip resistant bottoms provide additional safety.
High gloss surface of bath tub liners gives your bathroom a totally new look. Regular cleaning with mild soap solution and soft wash cloth is all the maintenance that is needed. Care should be taken to see that there is no gap between the tub and liner so that water does not accumulate in the crevice. While replacement of a bath tub can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500, a high gloss acrylic liner for the bath tub can be installed for a much lesser cost.