Replace or Refinish: What to Do with My Old Bathtub?

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Your bathtub is something that takes up a decent amount of space within your bathroom. This is one of the reasons that the kind of bathtub you install as well as the state it is in can make or break your overall bathroom aesthetic.

As a company that offers specialized bathtub and tile reglazing and refinishing services, we often have clients ask us if they should have their bathtubs replaced or refinished. If you’re someone struggling with the same question, we can help!

Bathtub Replacement Vs Bathtub Refinishing: What Should I Do?

Bathtubs today can be made out of a variation of materials which include cast-polymer, porcelain-enameled steel, enamel cast-iron and fiberglass to name a few. Regardless of what material your tub is made of, there will come a time where you need to refinish or replace it. Here’s what you should take into account when deciding.

Tub Design

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If you have a bathtub that is of poor quality, or something you wanted to get rid of in any case because it no longer suits your needs or bathroom aesthetics, this one is a no brainer. Replacement would probably be best.

Alternatively, if you’ve got a bathtub that is of the vintage variety, one that holds sentimental value or simply a design that you are really comfortable with, reglazing or bathtub refinishing is the best way to go.

Tub Condition

There may be situations where your tub is simply too old or too damaged for a satisfactory refinishing job to be performed. If this is the situation you’re in, we recommend you have your bathtub replaced. If the bathtub is simply old, faded and not too damaged, refinishing may be the better option.

Time Boundaries

One of the reasons why many people opt for bathtub refinishing instead of all out replacement is the time that it takes. Where replacing your bathtub can take weeks between finding a new tub, having it transported and having it installed, refinishing can be done in a few hours or less.

Look at the time you’re working with. If you’re planning on getting things done in a hurry, maybe save the replacement for later and have your bathtub refinished or reglazed for the time being.


The biggest factor in favor of bathtub reglazing or refinishing, apart from time saving is costs. A bathtub replacement can set you back a few thousand dollars depending on what you buy. Bathtub reglazing or refinishing costs a fraction of that.

At the same time, a good regalzing job ensures your bathtub looks almost as good as new and can be used indefinitely until another refinishing or a replacement is needed. If you want to save, have your bathtub refinished.

In Conclusion

There you have it folks! Go over the pointers, figure out what works, and if you need any more help deciding or simply want to book with us, feel free to give us a shout right away. Good luck with that bathtub!

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