If your bathtub has become ugly over the years and you’re simply opting to hide it with your shower curtain, then you may be wondering whether you would be better off with a repair or a complete bathtub replacement. While you may think the cost of a new tub would not be within your budget, you may be surprised. Here’s some information to help you decide whether a repair or a replacement would be best for you.
There are some instances where a repair would be preferable over a bathtub replacement, and they don’t all have to do with cost. Refinishing your tub can cost substantially less, and will basically make the tub look like new. You could also consider having a bathtub liner installed as well. This will cover up not only the inside of the tub but the surrounding walls as well. The typical liner usually costs a bit more than refinishing, but will also help to give the feel of a new bathroom without the cost of a complete remodeling job.
You should obviously consider bathtub replacement if you’re planning to remodel this area of your home. While this is, of course, the most expensive option, but there are many models on the market that are reasonably priced. You need to keep in mind that some prep and demolition work will very likely have to be performed in order to remove the old tub.
However, there are other reasons you need to think about a replacement as well. If your current tub is cracked, that will lead to a water leak. And if you have a water leak – no matter how subtle it may appear to be – you will be at risk for substantial damage that will cost a lot of money to fix. Also, you may be susceptible to the formation of mold and mildew that can lead to serious health issues.
A professional with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas can come to your home and let you know whether you would be better off with a bathtub replacement or repair. Give us a call at (972) 895-7775 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.