While winter is the perfect time to get a head start on your spring or summer bathroom remodeling project, it’s important to consider all aspects of the renovation process. Often times, there are a number of ways to reduce costs without having so sacrifice quality.
In fact, you may be surprised to find that many cost-saving methods, such as bathtub repair versus bathtub replacement, will not only save you thousands but can yield similar — if not better — results.
It’s no secret that bathroom renovations costs can add up quickly. The focal of many bathrooms is the shower and tub area; however, replacing a bathtub isn’t simply a matter of swapping out the old for the new. Often times, extensive plumbing work is required especially in older houses where plumbing and electrical equipment may be outdated and incompatible with modern fixtures such as whirlpool tubs.
While the cost of purchasing a new bathtub may seem fairly inexpensive — a standard tub costs between $200 to $300 — this price does not include the labor required to install the tub, or the disposal or landfill fees. In addition, this cost does not include any additional plumbing work required during the installation process. All of these costs can turn what was thought to be a simple, inexpensive project into a costly ordeal.
On the other hand, bathtub repair such as tub refinishing or tub resurfacing is a far less expensive option that is still equally effective. The total cost of bathtub repair is roughly the same as purchasing a new tub; however, this figure also includes the associated labor.
During the refinishing process, the technician will restore the surface of your bathtub to a like new condition by repairing and filling any dents, nicks, or cracks with a durable polyester putty. After repairs are completed, a coating is put on in order to seal everything in.
While this coating serves a functional purpose, it also serves an aesthetic one. The top coat color can be customized to match a variety of colors, making bathtub repair an affordable, versatile alternative to bathtub replacement.