If your bathtub is cracked, you should approach repairing your tub with a sense of urgency. Water seeping into the cracked surface can collect beneath the tub and will eventually turn into dangerous mold or cause damage to the structure of your home. Over time, the expensive repair of the entire bath tub will turn into a major repair and renovation of your home. This can include mold removal or the complete tear-out of your bathroom in order to fix structural damage.
It is always an option to fully replace the bathtub completely. However, reinstalling a tub or shower surround is one of the most expensive repairs a homeowner can encounter. Even a project on a budget will run into the thousands of dollars. More sophisticated setups, ranging from cast-iron tubs to standing showers, can cost tens of thousands and take weeks to completely replace. In most cases, the fixtures, tile, and other areas of the bath are in great condition and replacing those areas would be a waste of time and money.
This is when bathtub refinishing is a feasible, cost-effective solution to repairing a cracked or damaged bathtub. Fiberglass bathtubs can be repaired easily, and the colors of existing tubs can be matched to the existing surface. In most cases, the refinished bathtub is a picture-perfect replica of the tub it is replacing.
The benefits of resurfacing a cracked tub are obvious. Compared to a full replacement, the cost is pennies on the dollars. Where other options require weeks of preparation, contracts, and work that requires the full use of your bathroom, a refinishing and resurfacing job can be completed in a matter of hours. In most cases, you can begin to use your new tub the morning after the job is completed.
In addition, your investment and trust in a home contractor is not nearly as large of a looming issue as it is when you must fully replace your tub or shower surround. A refinishing is a standard procedure with far fewer variables and potential headaches. In addition, the chance for errors or shoddy workmanship are very low. If you’ve ever taken on a contracting job even a small scope, you know how difficult it can be to get the job done right the first time. A bathtub refinishing is a surefire way to remedy the problem without rushing into an expensive home improvement contract with your fingers crossed.
In the end, a bathtub refinish is a fast, inexpensive, and attractive way to fix a cracked or damaged bathtub.