When it comes time for a bathtub remodel, many homeowners find themselves considering a fitted tub liner. Tub liners are a long-term alternative to refinishing or replacing an old, ugly tub. When having a tub liner installed, vacuum-formed plastic or acrylic is molded atop your current tub with heat and sealed with caulk or glue. It covers up any unsightly stains or other blemishes, effectively giving you the appearance of a new bathtub. It is critical that a tub liner installation is handled by an expert in order to ensure it is placed and sealed correctly to give you your money’s worth.
Let’s face it—as nice as a new bathtub would be, the installation process is often expensive and messy. A tub liner serves as a quick but long-term solution for an old tub in decent condition that you don’t want to have refinished or reglazed. The installation process for a tub liner is considerably less messy than having to have the tub replaced, saving you time and effort. With a quality tub liner installed, you’ll be able to get many more years out of an old tub before you have to think about having your bathing space torn apart to replace it. What’s more, a tub liner is affordable, generally costing about half that of a replacement tub depending on what material you choose and the cost of labor involved. They also offer antimicrobial features to help keep the new surface of your tub clean and beautiful.
A tub liner doesn’t address the root of your tub’s problems, it will just cover up surface imperfections. If your old bathtub is not structurally sound, installing a tub liner may make issues worse. As durable as they are, tub liners don’t compare to the durability of a porcelain tub. They are not immune to cracking and may facilitate rampant mold growth by trapping water. Plus, putting a layer of plastic or acrylic over the tub means you’re losing the smooth feel and attractive gloss of a porcelain or acrylic tub.
As great as saving money by investing in a tub liner sounds, it’s just putting a band-aid on the problem. Most of the time it’s better to go ahead and have your tub replaced—that way, you’ll know your tub is structurally sound and you can trust it to last. Modern bathtub designed are increasingly innovative, providing comfort like never before. You may not know what you’re missing out on until you find that a replacement tub will allow you to enjoy baths more than ever. The best part is you’ll be able to customize your tub to your liking rather than having to put up with an outdated design and fixtures.
There’s no arguing that having a tub liner installed is an affordable, quick solution to address an old tub. While the process of installing a replacement tub is a bit involved, hiring a bathroom remodeling specialist like BathWraps will ensure your project is handled smoothly. Our tubs are guaranteed to never crack or fade, and they come with antimicrobial protection so there won’t ever be a need for a tub liner.
If you’re avoiding replacing your tub because you’re not looking forward to the hassle and mess, BathWraps has the perfect solution. Most of our projects can be completed in just one day, so you won’t have to put up with your bathroom being out of commission for long. Get started today by filling out our form to speak to an authorized BathWraps dealer. There’s no one better qualified to transform your bathing space!