Bathtub Resurfacing Myths
Most people spend a lot of time in their bathroom, and having a scratched and chipped tub can actually be bad for you. Mold and mildew can easily grow in those areas. While you can replace the tub altogether, a bathtub resurfacing job, which can be easily done at a fraction of the cost is the most effective solution to mitigate further wear and tear, however, there are a few myths about tub resurfacing that most people believe. Keep reading;
First Myth: It’s expensive– The costs involved in replacing a bathtub you need to consider include, buying a new tub, demolition, and removal of the old tub, hiring a plumber to re-attach pipes, installation, and cleaning costs, which may total around $3,500 easily if not more. The total cost of a bathtub resurfacing will mainly include the cost of material to reglaze the tub and the labor to fix the extent of the damage.
It’s pretty amazing how with nearly the same results, refinishing can cost so much less than replacement. Now, according to the national average, the most you’ll spend for a professional bathtub refinishing job is between $500 to $900, only on that higher-end if you have a more unique tub. Otherwise, the average cost can be less than you expect for a regular bath, plus, materials such as waterproof acrylic urethane spray that perfectly imitates porcelain generally fetches around $150 of the total cost to refinishing job. You get a lot of bang for your buck with it.
Second Myth: The materials used are toxic– Many of the chemicals used in bathtub refinishing emit odors that can cause irritation if inhaled, however, if ventilated properly you have nothing to worry about. That said, while you don’t need a HazMat suit to handle the chemicals, your project should meet standard safety levels, and those working on the tub should wear good-quality paint masks, gloves and adequately ventilate the area. While you can expect paint fumes to linger for about a day, the odor dissipates fairly quickly when you leave the windows open or use a fan for cross-ventilation. If professionals are doing the work, you have zero things to worry about.
Third Myth: Bathtub refinishing takes too long– Different materials vary when it comes to drying times, and if using high-quality coatings, some coating may take up to 48-72 hours to fully reach the tubs’ reglazing curing time. However, the average process of resurfacing takes no more than 8-hours to complete because there are various necessary steps that need to be done in order to ensure a professional and long-lasting finish. This time includes the moment a contractor comes into your home to the time they leave after refinishing a standard tub
Bathtub refinishing is amazing. With just a day or two of work, reglazing the centerpiece of your bathroom with a durable coating and color is an easy way to give your tub a quick facelift without breaking the bank.