There are a lot of projects around the house that can be done yourself. Whether you’re an experienced handyman or a hobby home renovation enthusiast, it seems there’s always something to be done around the house. Unfortunately, bathtub installation simply isn’t one of them.
Installing a bathtub may seem like a simple swap; out with old and in with the new, right? Wrong. Removing an old bathtub and putting a new bathtub in its place isn’t as simple as putting a new DVD in the player. Often times, electrical or plumbing problems arise that need to be remedied before the new tub can even be installed. In addition, the cost of a new bathtub, while relatively inexpensive at firth glance, does not include the cost of installation. That means labor and landfill disposal fees are extra.
Luckily, there is an affordable, easy, and quick alternative to the potential epic — and expensive — fail that is replacing a bathtub.
Bathtub refinishing, also called bathtub resurfacing, is an excellent alternative to replacing a bathtub or bathtub installation. Not only does it require a lot less labor and therefore time and money, it can yield similar results to replacing a bathtub entirely, which means you’re getting a whole lot more bang for your buck in the long run. The best part? It only cost a few hundred dollars — the same price as purchasing a new bathtub without the expense of having it installed.
During the refinishing process, the technician will fill any dents or scratches in the tub’s surface with a putty, after which the surface is then sanded smooth. Finally, a top coat enamel in the color of your choice is applied. The enamel has to cure for roughly 24 to 48 hours before the tub can be used, however, the end result can extend the life of your tub by as much as a decade.
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