Why You Should Replace Your Old Tub Instead of Painting or Lining
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Replacing a bathtub does require an investment into a new fixture and some time and effort for the installation process. However, it results in a brand-new tub that looks great and lasts for decades with minimal maintenance. Many techniques are advertised as alternatives to tub replacement, but painting and lining your tub all have serious drawbacks when compared to a full replacement.
Painting and Glazing
Coating, glazing, refinishing, and painting a bathtub are all advertised as similar services. They all aim to provide a new coating to cover scratched and worn glaze, but they don’t claim to fix bigger issues like cracked or leaking tubs. Regardless of the precise method used, chemicals are applied to the surface of the tub and then polished after curing. It’s quick but highly limited in how much damage it can cover. Also, the finishes tend to be fragile and may peel or wear away after just a few years of regular use. It’s usually only chosen due to being the least expensive option for continuing to use a worn-looking tub.
For a new surface that is more durable than what comes from glazing or painting the tub, some homeowners turn to a process called tub lining. An acrylic sheet material is used to form a cover molded to the tub itself, creating a custom-fit liner that is then attached with adhesives. The result is a durable surface that looks like new. However, liners have the same smooth rounded look regardless of the original style of the tub. They also only work well for alcove tubs in general. Considering that the process can cost as much as a beautiful high-end new tub, it’s not really worth the cost.
Buying a new tub may require a little plumbing work to change out the tub fillers or faucets. However, the results are definitely better than those from any other tub refinishing options. Not only does the bathroom gain a whole new fixture in a modern style and made with more durable materials, but the homeowner also gets the benefit of a new manufacturer’s warranty period. There’s more protection for a new tub than for the surfaces added to cover an old one.
Shop Kingston Brass
When it’s time to give in and indulge in a new high-end bathtub, turn to Kingston Brass. We have a wide selection of freestanding, alcove, and clawfoot tubs to choose from to complete any remodel or renovation. Instead of trying to save a little money with lining or refinishing, invest in the beauty and reliability of a brand-new tub.