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Refinishing Older Bathtubs

Bathtubs are an important feature in the bathroom, and over time they tend to fade and chip. If this is the case in your bathroom, or you are stuck with an obnoxious and outdated color, maybe it’s time to plan a bathroom remodel. There are other options besides completely replacing the tub. Refinishing your tub can cost a fraction of the price of a new tub, and can look just as modern and attractive.

Both porcelain and fiberglass finishes can be refinished in a variety of textures and colors. First the tub is restored by filling any chips, and then restored using a chemical called Aliphatic Acrylic Polyurethane Enamel. A refinished tub can last up to 15 years with proper care vs. a new tub which will last about three years longer. The clawfoot bathtub is a popular design to refinish or buy refinished. A new or antique clawfoot tub can cost up to $5000 before installation; whereas, a refinished one that looks just as nice can be as inexpensive as $900. Refinishing also prevents disrupting existing plumbing, which can add unforeseen time and money to a project.

According to The National Kitchen and Bath Association, the average cost to remove and replace a bathtub is $3000 and it can take at least a week to complete. The refinishing process will range between $400 and $900, depending on the extent of the damage. It can be completed within 24 hours.

If you are trying to plan your bathroom remodel, what choice is right for you? Basically, it comes down to whether you want a more modern tub with newer features, or want to save some money and apply it towards other features. Take into account the condition and age of the rest of your house, and the amount of renovating you intend to do. Receive an estimate from your contractor for both replacing and refinishing, then decide which option works best for you.

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