Spring is almost here, and with that comes bathroom remodeling and design projects. However, before you dive head first into planning and spending both time and money on your bathroom remodeling project, it’s important to first take a moment and consider alternatives that will save you money, while yielding similar — and in some cases, even better — results.
Planning a bathroom remodeling project can be an exciting and fun process. After all, why wouldn’t it be? From choosing a color scheme or design theme, to browsing paint colors and finishes, to picking out fixtures, fleshing out a bathroom remodel is an involved yet enjoyable process. However, not so fast. You can quickly blow your budget if you’re not careful, turning your dream bathroom remodel into an expensive nightmare.
You may be eager or tempted to run out and purchase a new bathtub, which on average, typically costs a hundred dollars for a standard tub. But buyer beware! This price does not include tub installation costs, such as labor and proper disposal fees. Total bathtub replacement is an expensive, labor-intensive process. When replacing a bathtub, it’s very common for plumbing problems to arise, especially in older houses which may still have outdated systems.
An affordable alternative to bathtub replacement is tub resurfacing, also known as tub refinishing. Over time the surface of your bathtub can become worn, damaged, and discolored due to everyday use and even harsh household cleaners. The resulting nicks and dents are not just unsightly, but they can become breeding grounds for dirt and bacteria.
When refinishing a bathtub, the service technician will use polyester putty to fill these dents and then apply a sealing top coat, which restores the surface to a smooth, like-new condition that is not only more aesthetically pleasing, but easier to clean. The best part? It’s extremely cost effective. Refinishing a bathtub costs roughly the same amount as purchasing a new one, including time and labor.