Aside from the kitchen, bathrooms undergo more renovations than any other area in the home, with the bathtub typically being the focal point. However, before homeowners dive head first into a full-blown bathroom renovation, it’s important to consider the amount of labor involved and time needed in order to complete the project. Often times, a simpler, more affordable alternative will yield the same, if not better, results.
Perhaps two of the most important factors in any home renovation or remodeling project is time and cost. Simply put, the more time it takes, the more it will cost. While the number of home improvement projects has drastically increased following the Great Recession, homeowners are still pinching their pennies and finding new, innovate ways to achieve a designer-inspired look for less.
Property and homeowners often choose fiberglass bathtub refinishing over replacing a bathtub due the cost and short amount of labor and time involved. While many homeowners may be tempted by the relatively low cost or purchasing a brand new bathtub — which cost on average between $200 and $400 — it’s important to realize that this cost does not include the time and labor involved to remove and dispose of the existing tub, which will dramatically raise the total cost and create disruption in the home. Bathtub replacement is a labor intensive process, and varies drastically from home to home. Depending on the pre-existing condition of the bathroom’s plumbing, some pipes may need to be completely replaced, in addition to the tub surround. The cost of what seems to be a relatively simple project can easily go over budget.
On the other hand, fiberglass bathtub refinishing is a relatively straightforward process that requires significantly less time and and labor than bathtub replacement. Fiberglass bathtub refinishing typically cost less no more than $1,000 which is much less than bathtub replacement. Bathtub refinishing, also known as resurfacing or reglazing, involves restoring the surface of a worn or damaged bathtub to a like new condition. A contractor will first clean the tub thoroughly, the fill any dents or cracks with a polyester putty. Once the putty cures, a surface primer is applied followed by a top coat. The process is usually completed over a two day period, which is far less time than bathtub replacement.
Another benefit to fiberglass bathtub refinishing is its versatility. Bathtubs can be refinished and painted in color, making it easy to match or create a new color scheme. This also makes furnishing the rest of the bathroom easy.
While home renovations projects are always exciting, it’s important for homeowners to take a moment to consider all alternatives and options before committing to a project.