Scrub-a-dub-dub Time to Refinish Your Tub


tub refinishingThough a lot of retro and old school fashions, trends, and designs are making their way back into the mainstream, a bathroom straight out of the 1970’s just isn’t fabulous anymore. The average lifespan of a bathroom shower enclosure is nearly 50 years. Thankfully, design aesthetics have changed.

Sometimes you don’t need to renovate the entire bathroom in order to give it a fresh, new look. A lot of people find unique ways to seamlessly blend old and new fixtures in a way that balances retro with modern. Something as simple as tub refinishing, also known as tub resurfacing, can give you a new look without all the hassle of a total bathroom remodeling project.

Here are three reasons why you should consider tub refinishing when renovating your bathroom.

The cost is much less compared to replacement

When considering a bathroom remodeling project, cost is always a factor and will ultimately determine the route you choose as to whether you will replace or refinish your tub. At first glance, tub replacement may seem like a more cost-effective option, as new bathtubs cost on average, between $300-$400. However, keep in mind this does not include labor, land fill fees, plumbing, and other expenses associated with replacement.

Bathtub refinishing costs are significantly less than complete bathtub replacement, with refinishing costs averaging about as much as the cost of purchasing a new bathtub — which has additional costs of labor. Just as a $20 car part can cost hundreds of dollars in labor to install, the same is true for replacing a bathtub.

Less labor involved

Though there are several stages to bathtub refinishing, the task of replacing a tub is much more labor intensive. Depending on the condition of the plumbing, some pipes may need to be upgraded, in addition to a portion of the tub surround, which of course, will need to be replaced as well. All of this is contingent upon whether the pre-existing condition of the bathroom is good. Refinishing, on the other hand, requires significantly less labor, and therefore money. Also, consider the amount of disruption your household will experience during the replacement process.

Less time

Tub refinishing requires much less time than tub replacement. After all, who has time for that? Refinishing a tub can be done in a day, with the tub often being ready for use in a matter of 48 hours depending on the nature of the project. However, replacement can take days or longer to complete, especially if complications with plumbing or flooring arise. Also, when replacing a tub, the entire bathroom is typically out of commission. Refinishing allows you to have access to other areas of the bathroom, as well as the shower if it is separate from the tub.

Though it boils down to personal choice, it’s easy to see why bathtub refinishing trumps total tub replacement. It’s the easiest and most affordable way to blend the old with the new.