Bathtub Reglazing Fort Lauderdale Does your bathtub need a makeover? How to find the best option for you.
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing bubble bath at the end of a long hard day. But in order to enjoy some TLC in your bathtub, you need a clean space you actually want to sink into. Rust, grime and cracks can quickly turn your relaxing oasis into a gross nightmare, but many of us put off bathtub renovation projects because, well, they're kind of overwhelming.
Whether you're dealing with minor rust spots or a major mess, there's a bathtub renovation option out there to fit your budget, timeline and lifestyle. We're breaking down three of the most popular options with the help of some pros who know all about turning a bathtub nightmare into a dream come true. Here are the best ways to renovate your bathtub.
What is it?
This bathtub renovation option goes by many names — resurfacing, recoating, refinishing or reglazing — but has a pretty straightforward process. An expert starts by sanding down the tub's surface, fills in cracks and worn areas, then applies several coats of primer and paint before doing a final buffing.
It's usually a temporary fix since bathtub reglazing is a purely cosmetic update.
“Think of it like you’re putting nail polish on your nails. It’s nice for a little bit, but then as you go through your daily routine, you’re going to need to get it touched up again,” said Jennifer Wagner, a merchant for Home Depot’s home services.
Will it work for your tub?
If your existing bathtub is already in pretty good shape but is covered in minor stains, scratches or other surface imperfections, reglazing is a good option. It’s also ideal for certain types bathtubs. “For homeowners with antique claw-foot tubs made from heavy cast iron, it’s absolutely the way to go,” said Dan DiClerico, a home expert for HomeAdvisor.
Acrylic bathtubs can also be reglazed, as long as they don’t have any significant issues.
Reglazing is the most affordable bathtub renovation option available and can cost you between $200-$650 on average.
It’s quick, usually taking only a day to complete!
2. BATHTUB LINERS
What is it?
Bath liners are basically an acrylic replica of your existing bathtub — except, you can change the color and skirt style if you want — and they're relatively easy to install. In fact, professionals install the liner on top of the existing bathtub, then permanently adhere it using a combination of two-sided tape and silicone acrylic.
Installation typically takes only a day or two, but the whole process can take between one and two months since installers first need to take photos and precise measurements of the area before molding a liner out of acrylic.
Tub liner options can be limited in assortment, and won’t totally change the look of your original tub. “Liners can only mimic exactly what you started with, but you can change the color. If you are looking for a different depth, width or length, however, you must replace the tub,” Wagner said.
Pricing varies based on the material you choose and the level of customization (shelving and other accessories cost more). On average, a bathtub liner can cost anywhere between $1,500-4,000.
3. BATHTUB REPLACEMENT
What is it?
Whether your bathtub is simply nasty or you just want a fresh start, a total bathtub replacement is another option to consider. Naturally, this is the most time-intensive and expensive option, and involves gutting your existing bathtub in order to install a new one.
“This option typically involves removing wall tile, which can then lead to sheetrock and/or plaster repairs as well. While the walls are open is the time to upgrade the shower valve, install blocking for future grab bars and incorporate niches into the new tile walls,” Lantz said.
Likely the most expensive bathtub renovation option, a new bathtub can cost anywhere between $300-3,000 - plus labor. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost (including labor and materials) is $3,024.
Make sure to factor in some wiggle room in your budget for any tile you might need to put the area around the tub back together.
The project can take up to several weeks or months if you opt for a custom unit. If you only have one bathroom in the house, you'll have to make alternate showering/bathroom arrangements during construction. “Tub refinishing and relining are cosmetic fixes. Tub replacement is more like major surgery, which drives up the cost and complexity of the project,” DiClerico said.
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