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What Tub replacement is best for you?

Jul 18, 2022

Replacing your bathtub is a big decision for many. This is why the experts are here to help you make your decision easier with all the facts for the following bathtub replacement options such as tub replacements, tub liners, and refinishing your tub.

Tub Liners

Tub Liner

Tub Liners are a solid insert put over a preexisting tub. It’s a smaller model of the tub you currently have. Tub liners are one of those Bathroom replacement options that seem like a great idea at first. If you truly want a tub that’s going to last you long and do not have the potential of needing the tub replaced due to mold buildup, tears, and deterioration, then this is not the option for you.

Tub Liner Glue

The tub liner can also induce flex upon the floors making your floors wear down faster than normal, causing more issues than just an old tub needing replacement. When these liners work properly, they do have the ability to be quick and easy as well as emit no odor, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. When water gets trapped under, it becomes squishy, emits an odor, and can create mold under the liners.

Pro

  • Cheap
  • Easy install

Con

  • Leads to mold
  • Tears
  • Water buildup
  • shifts floor
  • Deterioration

Tub Refinishing

Tub Refinishing Spray

Of the Bathroom replacement options, refinishing the tub seems to be one of the simplest. With this method, there is no demolition and allows you, the consumer, to do the work as it is pretty straightforward, but there are both positives and negatives to this method as it won’t last long and can cause more headaches than just simply going with a replacement tub due to the unfixed issues, odor, and overspray, but that is just one of the many issues.  There are many cleaners that are required to be because of the sensitivity of the materials used to refinish the tub to help prevent it from chipping or peeling. Although this is inevitable and will happen, the special cleaning supplies just prolong it.

Pro

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Cheap
  • No demo

Con

  • Chipping
  • Unfixed issues
  • Need special cleaners
  • continued deterioration

Replacement Tub

Bathtub

Replacing your tub can take as little as one day and comes with a handful of benefits. Tubs are available in many shapes, sizes, and materials to fit your bathroom needs and enable you to fit in them as well as freestanding allowing the tub to be placed anywhere you wish.
 

Bathtub Jets

Pro

  • Lasts longer
  • molded perfectly
  • Quick install

Con

  • Cost
  • Demolition

The newer models even come with cool gadgets such as jets and whirlpool features. While those gadgets are cool, the most important that we see is that replacing your tub will last the longest compared to all other methods, this method does require demolition of your old tub, but this ensures a perfect seal and fits the room properly.

Replacing the tub has been the option for the vast majority as it lasts much longer than any other method. Not only does it last longer, but it does not cause any headaches over time, and all issues are resolved by the expert teams. Once you select what type of tub you want for your bathroom, everything is left to the experts to handle.

On the scheduled replacement day, the team comes out with all materials needed to start and finish the process the same day.

Installation Proccess

Step One: Shut off the water

Step Two: Disconnect all drainage and overflow pieces.

Step Three: Cut the wall above the tub to ensure access

Step Four: Remove tub

Step Five: Install stringer to support the new tub

Step Six: Insert new tub

Step Seven: Insert overflow and drainage system

Step Eight: Test tub

Step Nine: Finish molding the new tub to the surfaces

The first step is to shut all water off to ensure no pressure is being thrown their way while removing the tub. Next, the drain flange and overflow covers are removed. This is followed up by disconnecting the drain assembly to ensure easy removal of the tub. Once that’s removed, the team starts with some incisions into the wall, just enough to allow us enough room to make repairs. Once the tub is removed, it is time for them to install the new one. A stringer is installed to help support the weight of the new tub. Finally, we install a new overflow drain assembly connecting it to the drain system. Lastly, we finish securing the drain immediately after ensuring all assembly and overflow is properly placed, molding it to the area. The tub is then tested to ensure everything is properly working before the team leaves the home. If you feel that this is perfect for you, give us a call, and we will guide you step by step on how to get your new tub today.