No bathtub is made to last forever. A worn-out tub can ruin the sight of the rest of your bathroom. But before you start remodeling your entire bathroom, here are 3 questions to ask yourself:
Should I refinish or replace?
Depending on the extent of the damage, you can either refinish your tub or replace it completely. If it has only a few chips, cracks, and discoloration, you can have it looking brand new by refinishing it. If you think your tub is beyond repair, you could consider replacing it. Be careful though, because even though buying a new tub may seem like the cheaper option, it is actually not. Sure, a new tub will only cost you a few hundred dollars, but the cost of installing it could go up to thousands. A contractor will have to tear down your bathroom walls, reinstall the plumbing, plus it could take days or even weeks. If you think your tub can still be saved, then bathtub refinishing is the better option.
How much refinishing is needed?
If a bathtub has never been resurfaced in 15-20 years, then you should consider hiring a professional to do the work. They will do a much better job than you would if you do it yourself. They use certain equipment and techniques that could have your tub last for another 15-20 years. If you are in the habit of refinishing your tub every 2 years because you always want it looking new, then you can just do it yourself. Cheap bathtub refinishing kits are available to help you maintain your tub. Although they will not last as long as a professional job, you can do them regularly and for a cheaper price.
What type of tub do you have?
Bathtubs are made from different types of materials. Some of the most popular ones include fiberglass, enameled steel, acrylic, cast iron, ceramic tile, and marble. Depending on the type of tub you have, the refinishing job could be easier or harder. It is usually easier to refinish cheaper materials like fiberglass because they are meant to be constantly refinished. Store-bought epoxy will work effectively on the lighter materials. The opposite goes for the more durable ones like cast iron and solid-surfaces. You will need a stronger coating like polyurethane. Just make sure to do your research and use the proper refinishing formula for the right type of material.