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What To Do With A Worn-out Bathtub

December 4th, 2013

If your bathtub is becoming worn, scratched, or chipping, you have a few options.  Of course the most obvious option is replacing the bathtub.  But if you are not planning on doing a complete bathroom remodel, then replacing just the bathtub may not be worth the cost and effort.

Most bathtubs are sealed and secured by plumbing, tiles, and flooring.  So, unless you are planning on ripping up the floor and the walls around the bathtub, then it may be more cost-effective to have your bathtub resurfaced!  Plus, it’s not an easy chore to move an old bathtub down the stairs, and a new one up the stairs.  Resurfacing a bathtub is much easier and gives you many more years of use.  It should be noted however, that this should not be a DIY job by the homeowner.  A professional should be hired—such as those at Guaranteed Plumbing & Heating, Inc.—to do the job, as they have the proper training, materials, and tools to give your bathtub the best visible outcome.

In fact, a good refinishing job will make your tub look new for a fraction of the cost of a brand new tub!

Another option is installing a tub liner on top of your old bathtub.  Tub liners are not as expensive as a brand new tub, but not quite as cost-effective as refinishing.  Tub liners do have a few benefits that may make it worth the extra cost as compared to refinishing.  Tub liners can be chosen in different colors and they never wear away.  You never have to worry about them chipping or scratching, so they will last as long as you want them too.

So, your three choices in order of least expensive to most expensive, is as follows: refinishing, tub liners, and finally, a brand new tub!

A new looking tub won’t add much value to your home, but an old, worn, and chipped tub will certainly take away value.  If you are not sure who to call, you can call your local Philadelphia Plumbers at Guaranteed Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

You may want to keep our number handy this winter for any emergency plumbing in Philadelphia!     

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