bathtub refinishing

If you are looking to update your bathroom, you may be tempted to save some costs where you can - so one thing you may consider is bathtub reglazing or bathtub refinishing versus bathtub replacement. But you should consider all the facts and outcomes before you decide whether to proceed with reglazing your tub over simply replacing it.

What is reglazing?

Reglazing is a process in which the current tub in your bathroom will be stripped of its old finish, any cracks or damage will be repaired, and then a primer, a new surface, and lastly a top coat will be applied. This process can last anywhere from two to four days before the tub is ready for use. In order to be as successful as possible, this reglazing process should only be done by professionals. Attempting to DIY your tub resurfacing could end up badly because of its many steps and time it takes to do the work.

Additionally, because of the chemicals used in this process, you'll want to avoid doing the work yourself. The fumes produced by the various epoxies and chemicals are not only bad for you, but also for your family. Having professionals do the work means they will be able to deal with the smell and properly ventilate the space. 

Why consider replacing over reglazing?

Although reglazing can add some extra, temporary life to your tub, the question is whether or not it's worth the effort, time, expense and chemical exposure. Reglazing a tub will obviously make it look better. However, you'll want to be careful with what products you use to clean your tub after finishing the project. You can't use safety mats inside the tub, because they could peel up the glaze. Additionally you'll have to wax the tub, and you won't be able to let anything sit on the tub surface because it can incur damage. 

At the end of the day, reglazing is only a temporary fix and requires a special set of instructions. If you are redoing your bathroom, you should simply replace the tub itself. This not only gives you the opportunity to upgrade your tub, but you can customize it as well.

Reglazing can be a remodeling option, but it's mostly cosmetic rather than functional. By replacing your tub, you can choose a new one that's maybe deeper, a different color or comes with more bells and whistles. Additionally, if you are older or want your home to be easily used by older individuals you should consider replacing with a walk-in tub or a walk-in shower. Not only are these options functional, but they offer more safety to you or your loved ones.

Replacing Your Tub

After having considered all the pros and cons and weighing your options, you may be inclined to replace your tub. Especially if you are adding or removing space in your bathroom, or simply changing the layout of the space, replacing the tub or converting the tub to a shower is the appropriate choice. Also, with a new tub, you don't have to worry about the strict rules and regulations that come with a reglazed tub. 

When remodeling a bathroom, it's important to consider all the factors. You want to make sure to make the best decision for your needs and your space. If you are interested in a bathtub or shower makeover, let Bath Planet, a division of Joyce Factory Direct, be there to help you through the process.