Bathrooms make up a crucial part of the home. Updated bathrooms provide comfort and utility to homeowners, and appeal to prospective homebuyers, too. Fox Valley Bathtub Refinishing knows homeowners make tough decisions when it comes to remodeling bathrooms, and we’re here to help. For that reason, this article explains why refinishing your tub may be the perfect option. 

Replacing Vs. Refinishing Your Bathtub  

First, Determine the Bathtub’s Condition

A cracked tub won’t work no matter what you do. Significant damage requires replacement. However, we can fix surface chips and scratches, so don’t let those deter you from refinishing your bathtub. In fact, the refinishing process includes smoothing out rough surfaces to achieve a smooth finish. We can tackle staining, too, and we’re happy to take a look and tell you more specifically what type of results to expect. 

Second, Compare the Cost of Replacement Versus Refinishing

Basically, you compare the cost of a new tub to the cost of refinishing, right? Not so quick. In addition to the price of a new tub, you want to include additional expenses that will or could occur. For instance, installation is an additional expense. Additionally, you have the plumbing and hardware to consider. Of course, hidden issues that require attention can add to the cost, too. In other words, make sure you account for the complete list of known expenses and acknowledge unexpected expenses could also arise. 

Refinishing your bathtub doesn’t require hauling off the old tub, dealing with plumbing, losing access to your bathroom for a long duration, or dealing with messy cleanup. Instead, the process involves correcting blemishes and applying the glaze. Not only is the process easier and faster, but it’s also less expensive. 

Next, Factor in How Much Time the Project Buys You

Okay, so refinishing your bathtub may be cheaper, but does it last? Does the longevity of a new tub support the extra expense? Perhaps. It depends on what you want. If you want a complete overhaul with a brand new, specialty tub that’s different from what you currently have, refinishing won’t fix that.

On the other hand, the return on the investment is more competitive when you compare apples to apples. To be clear, refinishing can easily last more than 15 years with proper care. The process works on everything from porcelain to cast iron to fiberglass and more. As long as you don’t strip or damage the surface with harsh chemicals or scrubs, you could enjoy a like-new tub for many years to come. 

Finally, Make the Decision

Fox Valley Bathtub Refinishing serves the greater Chicago area, including Naperville and Aurora, with refinished bathtubs, countertops, showers, sinks, and tile. If you’d like a new bathtub or remodeled bathroom look without the construction cost, contact us at (847) 650-6271.