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Bathtub Reglazing, Resurfacing, and Refinishing

Most homeowners probably don't have a clue what is meant by reglazing, resurfacing, or refinishing until they are faced with the decision on what to do with their old tub. If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom or just getting rid of the old tub then you have a few options to choose from. First, you could remove and replace the tub, but this is going to be very costly because not only will you probably need someone to professionally move the tub (some porcelain tubs weigh hundreds of pounds) but you'll also have to repair any of the damaged tile or flooring underneath the tub. In addition, you'll also have to buy a brand new tub and might need help installing it as well.

Your second option is to purchase a new tub liner. This is basically a nice short-term band-aid to any potential tub issues because a liner can give your tub a new look and feel but it's really just covering up any cracks or damage that might cause more problems down the line. Liners are not very expensive and might be a nice option if you can't afford a new tub right now but they shouldn't be considered a long-term solution.

Lastly, your final option, which is often overlooked by many homeowners is to consider refinishing your bathtub. You'll often hear the words refinish, reglaze, or resurface used synonymously and that's because they all basically mean the same thing--a makeover for your bathtub. Refinishing your bathtub is a process to repair any cracks and reglaze your tub with a new coat of enamel. A number of companies now provide in-home services to perform this job and when completed gives your tub a brand new look and feel. The best part about resurfacing is that it's far less expensive than replacing your old bathtub and installing a new one. Contact a local bathtub professional to get a quote on the job and you'll have a sense of how the price compares to replacing your tub.

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