Here are some facts to help you decide what fits your budget when making home improvements
Tub Liners vs Refinishing
1. Tub liners are plastic covers that go over your existing tub and not a solution to any problems that exist with your current bath. If installed improperly water can seep through the cracks and cause mold and mildew to occur. Refinishing your tub means you tackle any problems that may occur by dealing with the problem at the beginning.
2. Trapped water between your liner and tub may cause the structure of your own bath to become unstable over time. Refinishing your tub means there will not be any trapped water because all openings are caulked and sealed around the tub prior to refinishing.
3. Some liners feel like what we call the sponge effect. This means when you step into the tub the liner has a small give in the structure. Depending how you use your tub, whether you soak in the tub or have submarine battles there is always the possibility that a crack may occur.
4. Installing a liner also makes your tub smaller. Again, if properly installed with all the seals and equipment it will minimize the bathtub area up until two inches all around. (This may not be a problem for some people, but it is a small fact to consider)
5. Finally, the last thing to consider is the cost. Liners are expensive. Refinishing is only a fraction of that cost. Some range from $1,000-4,000 depending which company you go to and the current condition of your tub and tub surround.
Replacement vs Refinishing
1. Replacing your tub, tile or cabinets are usually better than refinishing; we would not kid you on that. The problem with replacing is the costs and time associated with replacing your item. Replacing an item that can be refinish is good because you can always upgrade to something you like better. If you are happy with your existing tub or tile pattern, you may not want to go through the hassle of waiting for contractors or permits.
2. We are sure you have heard of this saying "They don't make them like they used to" the same is held true for tubs. Refinishing an older tub or sink is much better than replacing for many reasons. The durablity of these older tubs have stood the test of time so far, so why not give your tub a new lease on life? Many of the older standard or clawfoot tubs are made of cast iron which hold heat much better than most acrylic ones, in turn, saving on your hot water bill.
3. Proper maintenance and basic cleaning will have your refinished tub or tile easily last 15 to 20 years or more .
Frequently asked Questions
1. How long will it take to finish my bath tub?
Depending on what kind of shape your bath tub is in it generally takes between four to six hours.
2. How long will it last?
Through proper care and maintenance your refinished tub can last for many years. We warranty our work for five years against peeling and cracking. So if within that time it starts to peel, we come back and fix it at no charge to you. The manufacturer of our products warranties their product for 13 years.
3. How do you care for a tub after it has been refinished?
The best way to care for your tub is to clean it with non abrasive cleaners. Products such as Scrubbing Bubbles or Fantasik will ensure a longer lasting polish effect.
4. Can you make it a different color?
Yes! We most certainly can. Our five basic colors are Bright White, Kohler White, Bone, Bisque and Almond. Depending on the theme of your bathroom, we can make any color you choose. In one instance, we even made a tub purple.
5. Is there a way to make it slip resistant?
Yes, we have a slip resistant surface that is added to the bottom of your tub to prevent you from slipping. Granted you still shouldn't tap dance inside your tub, but at least it will prevent you from slipping out of the tub while you dry.
6. What is the process?
For a more in depth look at our process please see "Our Masterpieces" Tab. The sweet and short of our process is that we come in clean the area through a two step process, wipe everything down, tape off anything that shouldn't be sprayed upon i.e the carpet, the walls or the family pet, spray it down and take care of any little imperfections to ensure a smooth and polished finish.
7. What do I need to do prior to my scheduled appointment?
We ask for you to clear all items from any of the surfaces we refinish for you. If you are having your bathtub, sink, or shower refinish we also asked that there are no leaks in the faucets to destroy the finish while it is in the process of curing.
8. I have pets, kids, or breathing problems, will the fumes be overwhelming?
We use every means necessary to keep any odors from entering any other room than the one being worked on. Through our air evacuation system, we keep any of the fumes from entering the rest of the home. As the refinishing process dries, the smell sticks around for about a few hours after we leave.