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Question DetailsAsked on 7/9/2013

bathtub refinishing

I am thinking of refinishing a bathtub in my apartment. The building was built in 1944. The tub was finished once and lasted approximately 5 years. Is it worth it to do this again? Or should I replace the tub, or do a bathfitter install?

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All depends on which look you can tolerate, and the bucks relative to your budget. Bathtub changeout is $1000+ typically - can be double that if wedged in with tile or green board, etc. or hard to maneuver the new one into the bathroom from outside (getting old one out is not probloem - they just sledgehammer it into peices in the bathroom).

Bathfitter can last longer than a refinish, but has some problems too - a lot of people have had problems with the drain or overflow leaking, and if it does not completely cover the tub surfaces and seal tight at the walls, water can get in under it and sit in the old tub underneath, causing mold and a stink that cannot be fixed without removing it. They also have a tendency to cracking, because they do not fit tight in the tub so are suspended in areas and not properly supported underneath.

I would say depends on how long you anticipate living there - either in terms of getting your money's worth out of the more expensive option, or in terms of resale value (new tub much better) if you anticipate moving soon.

Also - if you are getting older and anticipate possibly needing an easy-access tub/shower in the future, this might be an opportune time to change to an accessible unit now, though of course that is more $.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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