Should I replace or refinish my bathtub?

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Should I replace or refinish my bathtub?

 

Bathtubs do not last forever; they get scratched, chipped, rust and even discolor with age. If you are experiencing these sorts of conditions with your bathtub you have a few choices. The cost will be a factor, but each situation will be unique.

new bathtub in sacramentoIf your tub has a couple of knicks and chips, there are products that can be found in the hardware store that you can apply to hide the blemish a bit. You can purchase these repair kits for porcelain, plastic and fiberglass bathtubs. It’s not the perfect solution, but the cost is minimal - $10-20. This will not be much help if the problem is larger in scope.

If the tub is unsightly, badly damaged or in dire need of improvement, consider refinishing the bathtub. Refinishing a tub will provide a full surface renewal; the tub will appear brand new in many respects. You probably do not want to try doing this yourself unless you have experience in doing this sort of refinishing. A professional refinisher can refinish tubs made of fiberglass, plastic, and refinished bathtub in Sacramentoporcelain covered steel and can be done without disturbing the tub and shower walls. The cost is around $300.00.

Sometimes it is best to just remove the tub entirely. If you are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel it would be a great time to install that new bathtub, the bathroom will be torn apart anyway. If you are not doing major repairs to the bathroom and still need a new tub, it can be costly. Bathtubs don’t just pop out, it involves demolition to surrounding surfaces that will have to be repaired.

There is a bathroom refinishing company that I have used in the Sacramento area that did a great job for me on a project that I was doing. I didn’t need a new tub, but wanted it to look good at a reasonable price. They came through for me.

If you are considering getting your bathtub refinished, you may want to give R3 Renovations, Inc. a call. They were very professional, courteous, and thorough. Here is how they can be reached.

 

R3 Renovations, Inc.

20 Blue Sky Court

Sacramento, CA

95828

 

Phone: 916-388-2100

Fax: 916-388-2108

Web: www.r3renovation.com

 

 

 


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Rainmaker
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Very good post, Tom. Some of the cast iron tubs are in great shape and only color dated.
Apr 16, 2013 05:56 PM #65
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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Wonderful information, Tom. It is hard to get people to understand that no-one wants an avocado green tub.

Jun 02, 2013 04:05 AM #66
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
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Tom~ I'm sure many consumers don't even know that refinishing is an option. Great post!

Jul 04, 2013 04:22 AM #67
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thanks Donna. It is good to know that there are options available.

Jul 04, 2013 01:42 PM #68
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Tammy Lankford,
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A local company even changed a red (yes, I said red) tub to a white tub for a client.  Not everyone wanted a GA Bulldog bathroom.

Jul 06, 2013 02:52 AM #69
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Even in Georgia Tammy?  :)

That is good to know that such colors can be changed.

Jul 06, 2013 04:12 AM #70
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Too bad bathtubs just don't 'pop' out! lol   I tell people to keep their old bathtubs & get them refinished. You end up with a better quality, heavier bathtub I think.

Aug 18, 2013 02:20 AM #71
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Timely information for me, Tom.  I am looking at a bathroom remodel in the near future, and I hope to use the situation to our advantage and redesign our one very large bathroom into two, a main bathroom and a small 3 pc ensuite.

Sep 19, 2013 03:45 AM #72
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the tip about refinishing the bathtub. It is good to know that it is not expensive to get it done.

Sep 30, 2013 08:55 PM #73
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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Tom, it seems the fiberglass tubs tend to crack over time and might be best to replace. It would be a shame to replace old porcelain tubs if they could be refurbished and look like new again.

Oct 20, 2013 05:44 PM #74
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Many of these companies do shoddy work, I like to point out the ones that have done well with me Valerie

Nov 20, 2013 11:34 AM #76
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice for home owners. And, if you plan to offer your home for sale, you want the tubs to look great.

Jan 20, 2014 09:20 AM #77
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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
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I have done the refurbish thing and found it does work well but there is a time that it is best to replace.

Mar 29, 2014 01:58 AM #78
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Gerald Davis
GRD Realty, Inc. - Broadview, IL
GRD Realty, Inc. Managing Broker - Chicagoland

Thanks for posting this one.  I was about to replace a tub not realizing the other options. This should definitely save some money.

Apr 01, 2014 04:32 PM #79
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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You can't beat a good looking tub Roy.

Apr 01, 2014 04:46 PM #80
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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You are right Charles, there is no single best answer here.

 

It will save both time and money Gerald.

Apr 01, 2014 04:47 PM #81
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
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Hi Tom, Fiberglass tubs and showers are always cracking and getting holes in them. Wish they were made better than they are for sure. Thanks for providing these valuable options. And congratulations on reaching the 1 million mark in AR!

Apr 24, 2014 11:54 AM #82
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Sarah & Lester - The new tubs are getting stronger but they will not last forever.

It has been a wonderful journey!

Apr 24, 2014 12:52 PM #83
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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My favorite newer trend is a freestanding tub. It can steal the show in a bathroom revamp. It's not only a great design feature but also a way to create a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere.

Mar 13, 2017 11:23 PM #84
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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The free standing tub is a unique feature type brings value to many homes Inna.

Mar 14, 2017 05:00 AM #85
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