Should You Reglaze or Replace an Existing Bathtub?


Deciding to replace your bathtub can be a costly choice, and many people are unsure about their options for refinishing or reglazing existing tubs.

Know Your Options

  • Bathtubs are designed to be durable and to last for years, but even the most well built, expertly constructed bathtub will eventually require repair and in some cases, replacement. When making the decision between the two options, it is important to consider the costs involved and the end result that you wish to achieve.

When To Replace

  • Old, damaged bathtubs are sometimes difficult to effectively clean. Replacement of an old and/or broken bathtub sometimes seems like the best solution, but it is important to keep in mind that in most cases, this is the more expensive choice. Obviously, if your plumbing is very outdated, if your bathtub has severe cosmetic flaws, or if you want to install a different type or style of bathtub, then replacement may be your best option.

Bathtub Replacement Costs

  • A new tub will cost between $200 to $350 and the cost of plumbing, tile and grout installation and moulding and caulking can easily equal a total price tag into the $2,000 range. Of course, the advantage with this option is that you will have a brand new bathtub and brand new plumbing, which may appeal to some, particularly those who wish to change the style, shape or size of their existing bathtub.

When To Refinish

  • Bathtub refinishing, or reglazing as it is sometimes called, is a cost-saving option for homeowners who would like to keep their existing bathtub, but wish to restore its finish for cosmetic reasons or to more effectively repair and clean it.

Bathtub Refinishing Costs

  • As a whole, bathtub refinishing is a less expensive and less time-consuming option, because it does not require any new plumbing installation or remodeling. The work is typically done in a 24-hour period, and there are many different colors from which to choose. The total cost usually ranges from $300 to $700. Of course, reglazing a bathtub does not change the shape, style or size of the tub, and it is sometimes still necessary to replace outdated plumbing fixtures even if you do not choose to replace your tub.

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