If you’ve had your tub for a long time, it’s probably starting to look a little unpleasant. After all, tubs are in constant use, and they take a lot of wear and tear over the years. It’s to be expected that after some time, there will be chipping, staining, mold and rust buildup. If you’re ready for an upgrade, it’s time to consider bathtub refinishing in Phoenix, AZ. Here’s why.
A new tub is probably unnecessary
You might be thinking, “Forget refinishing, I’ll just buy a brand new tub.” This is understandable, but hold on for a minute before you rush out to the store. First of all, it’s easier than you think to restore the tub you currently have. Second of all, a new tub usually ends up being more expensive than the initial sticker price. You might be able to find a new tub for a few hundred bucks(if you’re willing to get a pretty basic model, but the work involved will add up in real money.
Why a new tub costs so much
To start with, most tubs aren’t moved into an existing house—they’re installed during the building process. Getting an old tub out and a new one in is actually pretty difficult. Surrounds, tiles, plumbing and trim will probably need to be torn out, and you’re apt to get dinged for the cost of cutting the tub into manageable pieces just to fit it through your doorway. And then there’s the fact that you’ll have to then re-plumb the tub, put back in the tiling, and possibly widen or shorten the tub surround space. Before you know it, you’re spending thousands on a bathroom remodel, when all you initially wanted was a prettier tub.
How refinishing can be better
When you opt for bathtub refinishing in Phoenix, AZ, you’ll be getting what looks like a brand new tub for a fraction of the cost. Instead of showering in the basement tub for weeks or months while work on a new tub installation is in progress, you can get back into that refinished tub in a matter of days. The cost of refinishing—usually three or four hundred dollars on average—will be far more affordable than the thousands you could spend on a brand new tub.
Steps to refinish your tub
If you look online, you’ll probably find some DIY tutorials. Don’t get sucked in, though, because this type of work is best left to the pros, such as the crew at A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service LLC, who have years of experience in the field and will make sure the job is done safely and professionally.
Steps include: sanding down the current finish on the tub; repairing any damage (such as cracks, chips, rust spots or unsound areas); priming the tub; applying a new surface layer; and lastly, applying a new sealing top coat.
When an experienced company performs your bathtub refinishing in Phoenix, AZ, you can expect another 10 to 15 years of good use before another refinishing is required. Now that’s money well spent! Call A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service LLC today to learn more!