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Reglazing vs. Replacing a Bathtub, Reviewing the Dilemma

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Replacing or refinishing your bathtub can have a dramatic impact on your bathroom. Just imagine, putting up new ceramic tile around the bathtub, painting the other walls and the ceiling, changing up the vanity; but leaving the old, stained or chipped tub.

Depending on your circumstances, including your budget, the amount of time and effort you are willing to invest and the current state of your tub, you can replace or reglaze it to complete your entire bathroom makeover.

Reglazing a bathtub requires many steps, including, cleaning, removing soap scum, chip repair, etching, sanding, spraying and caulking. When replacing a tub, the labour is greater in every way. The bathtub may have to be demolished and taken out in pieces before the new tub installed. The plumbing and possibly the floor may need to be replaced. One of the rows of the surrounding tile will definitely need replacing to allow for the tub to be removed. Therefore, if you are doing the remodelling yourself, you’ll need to factor in the extra labour, cost and any unforeseen issues like old plumbing, rotting floors and of course, the total time the project may take. Remember, if this is your only place to bathe, you’ll have to include the impact of this disruption on your family. Reglazing a bathtub, on the other hand, is all done within a few hours. If you were to do the tile surround, it would still be less than one day. The curing time is 24 hours, so you and your family can use the tub sooner than if you replaced it.

Cost is a huge factor. If you are doing the work yourself, the final cost can be significantly lower than if you hired someone else to do the work and this applies to both, reglazing and replacing. A new tub can cost as little as a $150 or more than $2000 and that’s just the tub alone. The average reglazing cost is around $350 for a standard tub done by a professional; however, large or deep tubs will cost more to do. Some people want to spend as little as possible and consider purchasing reglazing kits. The reason they are cheap, is just that. They are cheap in quality! The glaze doesn’t turn out the way it would if it was done professionally and typically wears out soon after. Reglazing, whether by a professional or by yourself, is cheaper than replacing.

Quality is something you don’t want to overlook. The quality of today’s tubs have significantly decreased, as they are made from cheap plastic materials in factories built to pump out inferior products that are supposed to be better, but cannot compare to the metal or cast iron tubs of yesterday. In fact, most tubs today are made out of fibreglass or acrylic resin and they chip and break easily. It may make sense to replace your cheap tub for another cheap tub, but the overall cost of replacing will still be higher than if you reglazed it. On the other hand, an older tub should not be replaced, but instead, reglazed. The reason being is that the original tub’s quality is much better than what you would purchase in a store for the same price of reglazing.

The moral of the story is; don’t replace… reglaze. Let a professional bathtub refinisher reglaze your bathtub assuring you quality while saving you time, money and mess.

Call Dr. Tubs at 416-630-9143.

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