Science has shown that taking a bath is good for both your physical and mental health.
But your soak might not be relaxing at all if you’re sitting in a dirty, broken, or ugly tub. But that doesn’t mean you need to go to the store and get a new one.
This guide will help you decide if you should spend money on refinishing your bathtub or just buy a new one. So let’s dig in!
Reglazing a bathtub, which is also called recoating or refinishing, is a repair that is only for looks. It gets rid of small flaws on the surface and makes your tub look as good as new.
How does it work? The first thing a professional bathtub repair person will do is sand down the tub’s surface. This gets rid of any small scratches or spots. Then they’ll fix any cracks or chips that are still there. Then they’ll put a coat of primer and paint on the tub. Depending on your tub, they may have to add more than one coat.
When they’re done painting, they’ll do one last buffing.
Reglazing can make a worn-out bathtub look new, but some tubs need more than just reglazing. Read on to learn when you should keep your tub and when you should get a new one.
Reasons to Reglaze Your Tub
If your bathtub still works pretty well, it’s probably worth keeping. By reglazing, ugly flaws can be turned back into a beautiful, smooth surface.
But it can’t be too bad for your tub. Here’s how to tell if reglazing your tub is the best choice.
Visible Stains or Discoloration
Your bathtub will get dirty over time. Even if you clean it often, it will turn a weird yellow color at some point, no matter how well you take care of it. This is normal, but it’s also pretty gross.
No matter how light or dark the stains are, reglazing can make your tub white again. Sanding and painting will either get rid of the stains or cover them up so you can’t see them anymore.
Identifiable Scratches or Marks
When you refinish your tub, you will fill in small, shallow scratches. Most cracks can also be filled.
But you shouldn’t refinish a tub that has at least one big crack. These cracks could hurt the way your tub is built or cause it to leak. If a bathtub has a lot of cracks, it’s better to replace it.
If you don’t, your bathtub could quickly turn into a flood zone.
When Your Budget is Tight
It is often cheaper to reglaze a tub than to buy a new one.
You not only have to spend money on the purchase, but you also have to get rid of the old bathtub. This usually means paying someone to take it away and get rid of it for you. This can raise the price.
If your budget is tight, you can extend the life of your tub for less money by reglazing it. This can make your tub look “new” without breaking your bank.
Signs You Need to Get a New Bathtub
Reglazing your tub can give it a new look and make it last longer, but some tubs are too damaged to be reglazed. Here are some signs that it’s time to get rid of your bathtub and buy a new one.
Your Tub Looks Its Age
The average bathtub will last about 25 years. If your tub is already that old or is getting close to that age, you should think about getting a new one.
Even if it works fine right now, it might break down soon. Even though the cost of reglazing your tub is less than buying a new one, it’s not worth it if you’re going to buy a new one soon anyway.
It Always Needs Fixing
If you always have to fix your bathtub, you might want to think about buying a new one. Reglazing a broken tub is a waste of money if it needs to be fixed again and again.
But a small repair here and there is nothing to worry about.
Once the problem is fixed and the surface is reglazed, the tub will last for a long time. But spending money, time, and effort to fix a tub that breaks down several times a year isn’t worth it.
No Time for Repairs
The process of reglazing might take more than one trip. After all, the pro will have to wait for the primer to dry before they can paint anything, and they can’t buff your tub if it’s covered in wet paint.
Because of this, you might have to wait a week or two before your bathtub is done.
If you don’t have time to wait, you might be better off buying a new bathtub. You might even be able to buy and install your new tub on the same day.
Major Leaking Everywhere!
When a bathtub starts to leak, it’s time to start looking for a new one. Fixing a big leak in a bathtub can be hard and only work for a short time. Instead of spending money on an expensive repair that might not last, it would be better to buy a new tub.
Incessant Mold & Mildew
If there is mold or mildew in your tub, you should clean it right away. Even though reglazing can hide the mold, it won’t remove it. If you keep using a bathtub with mold in it, it could hurt your health.
Some of the things you might feel because of mold are:
Which Option Should You Choose?
If your tub still works well, it’s worth the money to have it refinished. Surface flaws like scratches, small cracks, and stains can be fixed through the reglazing process.
But reglazing is a waste of money if your tub is old, leaking, or full of mold. Anyhow, you’ll need to buy a new tub soon.