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Bathtub refinishing vs replacement in Seattle, Washington
October 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM
A white bathtub with flowers behind it outside the window.

Your bathtub is one of the features of your home that gets the most use so it’s natural for it to start to wear down over the years. When you start to see noticeable wear on your bathtub, it could be at greater risk of scratching or cracking, which could eventually lead to leaks. It’s natural to start wondering if you should replace your bathtub or look into bathtub refinishing in Seattle, Washington. At Precision Resurfacing, we can help you weigh your options to make the best decision for your home.

Think about your budget

When you’re weighing your options between bathtub refinishing and replacement, it’s important to think about how much it will cost to do either. A refinishing is much more cost-efficient than replacing your tub as it will often cost a fraction of what it will to replace it entirely. What’s more, your refinishing can last for about 20 years if you take care of it properly. This means that your dollar will stretch much longer than if you replace your tub entirely.

Worn out or damaged

Take a look at your bathtub and consider if it’s simply getting worn out or if it’s significantly damaged. There are times when your bathtub has significant cracks and mold, a refinishing might be nothing more than a temporary solution to long-term problems. A worn-out tub can be salvaged and even get an extended lifespan with a good refinishing. Shallow cracks, scratches, and stains can all be repaired with a bathtub refinishing and making it look and function like new once again.

Future of your home

What are your plans for your home in the coming years? If you’re planning on selling or remodeling soon, an updated bathtub can go a long way to adding value and beautiful aesthetics to your home. However, there’s no need to drop a large sum of money on a new bathtub if you’re not planning on going anywhere or making any updates soon. Even if you are planning on remodeling, you can slash your budget by refinishing your bathtub rather than replacing it.

State of the floor around your tub

It’s not uncommon to have flooring around your bathtub that’s taken a beating over the years. Water often splashes out when someone’s taking a bath or shower and can sit near the caulking and seep into cracks. This can cause water damage to the floorboards around the tub. If you have to make significant repairs to the flooring, replacing your tub could be a good choice as you’ll likely have to make those adjustments anyway. If the floor is fine, it would be much easier and more affordable to refinish your tub.

Consider what it takes to remove your tub

It’s no mystery that bathtubs are big and bulky. It can take a lot to get an alcove bath/shower combo into a bathroom for installation. Cast iron tubs must be broken into pieces and fiberglass tubs need to be cut with a reciprocating saw to get them out of your bathroom. Both of these processes are messy and loud and dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Rather than uninstall your bathtub and bring in a new one, refinish it. The process is minimally invasive and you’ll have your bathroom back much faster.

Contact us for a free quote

If you’re still not sure whether or not you should refinish or replace your bathtub, get in touch with our team at Precision Resurfacing. We offer quality bathtub refinishing in Seattle, Washington so you can have a like-new tub once again without spending the money on a new one. You can give us a call seven days a week at 206-830-0571 or send a message using our contact form for a free quote.