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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Bathtub Refinishing

A Temporary Solution to a Permanent Situation


Many people consider bathtub refinishing or “re-glazing” as a solution to repairing their old and worn tub. What people often times do not realize, is that there are severl advantages and most importantly, disadvantages to bathtub refinishing. Here are a few advantages and disadvantages to bathtub re-glazing customers should consider before having bathtub refinishing done.





Relatively inexpensive

Looks good for the 1st year

Many colors choices


Chips easily

Degrades quickly after the first year

Bath mats remove the painted surfaces

Slippery, can be dangerous

Susceptible to mold

Porous, stains easily

Paper thin finish



Alternatives to Tub Refinishing

Bathtub Replacement

Removing the old tub and installing a new one is often the best solution for a lifetime repair. For instance, when the tub is cracked and made out of fiberglass, replacing the tub is the best choice for bathtub that will last the lifetime of the home.

Bathtub liner

A bathtub liner is literally a liner that follows the contour of your existing tub. Made from high tech acrylic, a tub liner fits over your old tub, with the added benefit of reduced cost over a tub replacement and the longevity of a high tech material that looks great and lasts a lifetime.

Though the upfront cost to a tub replacement is greater than refinishing, the cost over the life of the tub, is *much* less. A tub liner will cost right around $990, thus it is roughly three times the cost. But is it? Let’s look at the costs over 10 years:


Bathtub Cost Comparison


Tub Liner

Tub Replacement

Year 1




Year 3




Year 6




Year 9









An acrylic liner has the benefits exceeding that of a metal tub with the cost savings of a liner. With a lifetime warranty, the choice is clear, an acrylic liner offers the best choice in bathtub replacement.

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