A worn-out, dingy-looking bathtub can easily ruin the look of your bathroom. With frequent use, stains and other forms of damage on your bathtub are unavoidable, especially when your bathroom construction is dated. Bathroom remodeling companies offer two approaches that homeowners can take to address this issue: a full bathtub replacement or bathtub liner installation.
Installing bathtub liners is quick, and budget-friendly. However, choosing to go this route can cost more in the long run, as it is likely that the same issues will resurface in the future. For this reason, our experts at Luxury Bath of NJPA recommend bath liner installations for tubs in good condition. For tubs with major issues, it’s essential to forgo the liner option in favor of a full bathtub replacement. This will ensure that any underlying functional or aesthetic issues that affect the wet areas are resolved and repaired, and that older tubs are replaced with brand-new, traditional or walk-in tubs that can last for decades.
In this article, we will share with you the reasons why you should choose a bathtub replacement over a bathtub liner installation, based on our experience in the bathroom remodeling industry.
Bathtub Replacement Offers a Long-Term Fix
Although it seems effective, installing bathtub liners is just a band-aid solution to the stains, cracks, peels, and other damages that may afflict your bathtub and the area surrounding it. Liners just cover these issues up without solving any underlying problems. In fact, by keeping the issue out of sight, you might actually be letting the problem worsen. Nothing is worse for the home than water damage, and severe water damage can result in structural issues, mold, mildew, and other complicated problems.
On the other hand, a bathtub replacement provides a long-term solution, as the process also involves a thorough inspection of not only the tub and plumbing, but also the support beams and sub-flooring beneath.
Prevention of Water Damage
As we mentioned earlier, water can get trapped between the liner and the tub, your bathtub can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria which have adverse effects on your family’s health. Additionally, water damage due to floors that are no longer level and waterlogged wood and other materials that lead to termites and other insects are also points of concern.
Aside from creating an unpleasant and unsafe living condition, these problems can make it difficult for you to sell your home. On the other hand, aside from preventing water damage and other related issues, having your bathtub replaced can even boost your property’s value.
Comparing the Look and Feel of Liners vs. Replacement
Compared to the smooth, pristine feel of a new bathtub, many bathtub liners can have a spongy feeling when the skin comes into contact with the surface. Meanwhile, a bathtub replacement offers a smooth sensory feeling, but also allows you to enjoy more advanced features of a modern bathtub.
Bathtub Replacement is a Worthy Investment
Whether you choose to install regular bathtubs or walk-in tubs, this bathroom remodeling project is indeed worth your investment. Why go for a short-term solution when you can have a bathtub replacement that solves the problem from its root? Aside from the fact that bathtub liners do not last just as long as a new bathtub and that the same problem will come back later on, investing in a more modern tub with new features can improve your home’s market value, functionality, and aesthetic appeal.
Hiring a Bathtub Replacement Expert
Luxury Bath of NJPA is a trusted name in the bathroom remodeling industry, catering to homeowners across New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our team is dedicated to offering the highest level of customer satisfaction for our customers, earning many industry-related awards and accolades such as the Luxury Bath “Gold Circle Award”, Top Rated and Elite Service Provider on HomeAdvisor, and Angie’s List “Super Service Award”.If you want to learn more about bathtub replacement and the types of walk-in tubs and regular bathtub options that are available, contact Luxury Bath of NJPA today. You can also set-up a free, in-home estimate at no obligation by filling out our online form.
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