While the kitchen is likely the most popular room in your home, the bathroom undoubtedly wins for the most visited room. It gets used on a daily basis and is often not treated well, and the toilet, bathtub and sink take the brunt of this abuse. Ultimately, this makes them less attractive for our families, friends and any guests that need to use the facilities. So, what is a homeowner to do? When cleaning doesn’t seem to have much of an effect anymore, but there’s no need for a full replacement, it may be time to consider bathtub refinishing.
To figure out if this bathroom project is right for you, first ask the following four questions about bathtub refinishing in Glendale, AZ.
How long does refinishing take?
Although there may be some factors that could tack on time, the actual refinishing process can take anywhere from four to five hours—that is, if a professional does the job. And depending on the temperature and humidity in your home, it will likely take another four to five hours to set. When compared to the days or weeks it could take to completely replace your entire bathtub on your own, refinishing is the quick choice.
How long will a refinish last?
Like a new tub, a refinished tub will last many years if properly installed and cared for on a regular basis. All too often, people use abrasive chemicals on their bathtubs that damage the finish over time. With a refinished tub, it is also important to steer clear of these abrasive chemicals. You should also avoid damaging the tub in other ways, like by dropping heavy objects on it.
How do I care for a refinished tub?
As mentioned above, you should never clean a refinished tub with abrasive cleaners, nor use a rough cloth. An abrasive or harsh chemical can scratch, dull and do irreversible damage to the finish. Instead, use mild cleansers that are guaranteed to be safe for your specific bathtub finish, and keep in mind that using more mild cleansers may mean you’ll need to clean your tub more often to avoid heavy dirt and mildew buildup. Most product packaging will state whether or not it is safe to apply to tub surfaces.
Should I replace or refinish?
It’s a simple fact of life that some tubs will be beyond repair. Decades of poor treatment and severe damage can make it a poor candidate for refinishing, but often times skilled technicians can make it happen. The other thing to consider is the cost associated with bathtub replacement versus bathtub refinishing. A full replacement can cost thousands of dollars between the expense of a new tub, fitting and plumbing, but refinishing lets you keep the tub you already love and makes it look like new again for a lot less.
Whether your bathroom can benefit from tub and shower repairs or a full bathtub refinishing in Glendale, AZ, make sure your first call is to the experts at A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service L.L.C. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment!