Tub Liners vs. Bathtub Refinishing

August 5, 2020

Are you remodeling your bathroom and are debating whether you should refurbish your bathtub or get a tub liner? To make the best decision for your bathroom, it’s important that you know the difference between the two and determine which one is best for your lifestyle. To help you out, we’ve compared these two options for you in this article. 

Difference in Process

When you refinish your bathtub, the existing material is cleaned, sanded, patched, and painted over. The process involves a lot of negative airflow in the bathroom because of all the sanding and painting materials. By the end of the project, it’s ultimately a temporary cosmetic fix to a bathtub that doesn’t have any underlying problems. 

A tub liner is a more permanent fix. Getting a tub liner installed entails your current bathtub being measured, and then a brand new acrylic clone of it being placed on top of it. The tub liner goes through a bonding process so that it never separates from your current tub fixture. The entire installation process takes only one or two days to complete. 

Difference in Maintenance

When you refinish a tub, you only make cosmetic improvements. When it goes through the daily wear and tear, it’s likely that the quality of the tub will decline and you’ll have to refinish it again relatively soon. This is especially true if your bathtub has tiles. Since it uses grout to hold the tiles in place, it will require frequent maintenance to keep it in tacts.

A tub liner is made out of acrylic and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. The material is thicker and more durable so it can withstand the daily wear and tear. They’re easy to clean and since that is the case, it will last a longer time than a bathtub that was refinished. 

Advantages of Both

Both of these options come with their perks. For a bathtub refinishing they are: 

  • Keep your existing bathtub
  • Less expensive to do
  • Eco-friendly

The advantages of a tub liner are: 

  • Less hassle 
  • Durable
  • Lasts a long time
  • Less expensive to maintain in the long run

These are just some of the advantages of both options. However, there are plenty of other ones depending on your lifestyle. 

Ready to Install a Tub Liner?

After comparing both options, it’s clear that getting an acrylic tub liner for your bathtub is the best option. Bath Doctor can help you with the process. We do bathroom remodeling in Towson, Owings Mills, Columbia, Ellicott City, and the surrounding areas. Call or contact us today to start the process of remodeling your bathroom today! 

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