A bathtub liner may seem to be a perfect option for a replacement or even bathtub refinishing when you’re wanting to give your bathroom a fresh appearance.
Bathtub inserts, however, come with a slew of issues that you may not be aware of until it’s too late.
If you can address the fundamental issue for cheaper, don’t put a bandaid on it!
What are the Benefits of Bathtub Liners?
Bathtub liners, also known as bathtub inserts, are molded plastic or acrylic coverings that are bonded and caulked into place over your existing tub.
Bathtub Inserts Have 6 Issues
#1 Porceline is Being Exchanged with Plastic
When you cover your current tub with a bathtub liner, you’re giving up the elegance of a porcelain tub for acrylic or plastic. Although acrylic is durable, it cannot compare to the strength of a porcelain tub. Tub liners are notorious for cracking. Acrylic and plastic also have a different feel than porcelain, which you should consider if you want to soak in the tub every now and again.
#2 Tub Liners are More Costly
While most people feel that bathtub inserts are a less expensive option than refinishing, the fact is that liners are often more costly. Liners may easily cost a few thousand dollars while refinishing only a few hundred dollars.
#3 Bathtub Inserts Have the Potential to Leak
Tub liners are bonded and caulked into place, despite the fact that they are designed to fit over your tub as snugly as possible. Water may easily penetrate between the liner and the existing tub, resulting in stink, mold, and mildew. Water removal is difficult, and water accumulation will occur again.
#4 Installation May Take Weeks
From the moment you sign the contract with the installer of your choice until the time your bathtub liner is placed, it might take weeks or even months. The dimensions of your tub must be provided to the manufacturer, who will make the liner and deliver it to the installer. The technician must then plan a time to install your liner.
#5 It Will be Necessary to Hire a Plumber
Slipping a cover over your tub is simple enough, but the extra height necessitates a plumber’s adjustment of your drain and overflow.
#6 It is Difficult to Replace
Your tub liner will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Removing the old liner is a difficult task that sometimes necessitates cutting the liner out of the tub.
Refinishing May Help Save Time & Money
Bathtub refinishing is a one-day operation that costs a fraction of the cost of a liner. There’s no need for demolition, there’s no chance of mold or mildew, and there’s no need for a plumber. Our restoration method restores the original elegance of your porcelain tub, if not better!
We provide a wide range of color choices so your tub can always complement your décor. Request a free quotation right now!