For many, a bathtub is a place where a homeowner can lay back and relax after a long day at work. But when a bathtub is damaged, it can make it impossible to relax. Over time, bathtubs can become worn, chipped, scratched, stained, or discolored. Aside from constantly looking dirty, a damaged bathtub can be a breeding ground for harmful germs and organisms such as mold or mildew. There are three methods that can be used to fix your bathtub woes: refinishing, relining, or replacement.
If your bathtub only has minor cosmetic issues, your best bet is to get your bathtub refinished. Bathtub refinishing or re-enameling is a process that can help your bathtub look brand new by adding a new finishing coat to your tub. Bathtub refinishing only takes about a day, and glazes can come in a variety of colors to match your unique style.
Relining is a relatively new trend that homeowners have invested in to update their old or damaged bathtubs. During the relining process, a company representative will come to your house, measure your tub, and then transmits the information to their company, who will provide the client with a new, customized bathtub liner, which is installed on top of the old tub. Liners typically last longer than a simple refinishing, but some have reported issues with exposure of water to the tub underneath over time.
If your tub needs constant repairs, or has extensive leaks and cracks, it may be time to consider a new bathtub installation. While this may be the most expensive option, bathtub replacement can save you money in the long run. In addition, buying a new tub gives you access to a variety of different style options for your bathroom. A new bathtub should last a minimum of 25 years, with minor repair and cleaning costs.