The Hidden Dangers of DIY Bathtub Installation Projects

grout inconsistencies

bathtub installThe internet has added fuel to the fire that is the do-it-yourself or DIY culture. Just browse any video sharing platform and you can find all kinds of DIY tutorials for any number of things, from applying make up to replacing a bathtub. While many of these tutorials can be quite helpful and useful in many situations, some things are just better left to the professionals, especially a bathtub install.

At first look, a bathtub installation project may seem as easy as one-two-three; however, bathtub installers make this arduous and complicated task look a lot easier than it actually is. If you’re thinking of replacing your bathtub, you may want to first consider bathtub resurfacing, also known as bathtub refinishing.

Bathtub resurfacing is the process of renewing the surface of a worn, damaged bathtub to a like-new condition. During the resurfacing process, the technician will apply a polyester putty such as Bondo to repair any chips or cracks in your tub’s surface. This is then sealed in with an enamel top coat in your choice of color. The entire process only costs a few hundred dollars on average and takes only a few hours to complete, though the enamel topcoat may take up to 24 hours to cure. This is significantly less time and money than total bathtub installation.

Many assume installing a bathtub will be a fairly easy and inexpensive process; however, the cost of a new bathtub — a few hundred dollars — does not include the cost of installation or disposal. In addition, it’s common for bathtub installers to discover potential problems in the electric or plumbing system once the tub has been removed. This can quickly turn what was first thought of as an easy remodeling dream into an expensive, disastrous nightmare.

So if you’re considering replacing your tub, consider resurfacing it first in order to save on time and money. You’ll be happy you did!