Miami Bathtub Refinishing - What To Do About a Worn-Out Tub
Why your Miami home needs Bathtub refinishing, Bathtubs sure look great when they're new, but they all start to look old and worn after a few years of use. Problems start to occur such as scratches, rust stains, worn bottoms, cracks etc. This situation is even worse in commercial tubs with high usage. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a new tub!
Let’s look at the alternatives.
If you really want that out-of-the-showroom look, removing the old tub and installing a new one is the way to go. But be prepared to pay in excess of $1,700.00, and have the bath out of commission for over two weeks.
A bathtub liner is literally a liner that follows the contour of your existing tub. Made from high tech acrylic, a tub liner fits over your old tub. The average cost is about $1,200.00. But we found that after several years they crack or craze (see this article to learn about the differences) on the bottom causing leaks, mold and unsanitary conditions. You’ll need to call a company like All American Refinishing to repair it. The cost to repair this starts at $375.00.
In this process, an epoxy which is environmentally friendly is applied over the existing surface. This seals cracks, rust, chips etc. so that they are no longer visible or permeable. This process takes approximate 3 hours to complete, and the surface can be used the next day. A standard tub refinishing is $300.00 and lasts in excess of 10 years. The article “All You Need To Know About Bathtub and Shower Refinishing” provides additional details.
Advantages to Bathtub Refinishing.
Looks good for many years
Many color choices
Easy to repair after it’s done
If the tub chips, easy to repair
If it’s peeling, covered under a warrantee
Little down time, can be used within 24 hours
Nothing is more economical than refinishing a tub. A liner will crack, causing leaks and mold. Replacing a tub with another tub should only be done when remodeling the complete bathroom. Keep in mind that both of these options will require repairs by a refinishing company at some point, even with the higher investment.