Homes are typically built around bathtubs during initial construction. To start, most bathtubs are installed in a home during it’s initial construction. Removing an existing bathtub, with finished items such as trim, bathtub surrounds and plumbing that are built up around the bathtub can be troublesome sometimes to replace. Depending on the tub’s size, it can also mean that removing a bathtub from a room may require cutting it into pieces to fit through a door frame. When installing a new replacement bathtub, the plumbing would have to be reconfigured to fit and all the surrounding trim would have to be recreated.
The costs, which may run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars and the headache involved with replacing a bathtub maybe a project that many homeowners would rather avoid than the bathtub refinishing cost.
Refinishing a bathtub, on the other hand, offers a cost and time effective approach and solution. With a new tub starting at around $300 to $400 for a standard sized bathtub, it can become expensive especially when hiring a contractor to install the new bathtub while a bathtub refinishing cost is much less by hiring a company that can add a brand new coating to the bathtub, allowing it to be used again in two to four days without the additional delays caused by replacement at a lesser cost.
Although there are DIY products that are available, bathtub refinishing is probably a task best left to the professionals. Stripping an old finish off a tub, repairing and patching holes or cracks and ventilating a room to expel the fumes produced by the refinishing process are all steps better left to a trained professional.