There are so many factors that determine whether you should refinish your bathtub or have a whole bathtub replacement done. Most people with bathtubs they are attached to would opt for refinishing than replacement. By the same token, when you factor in the total cost of replacing the bathroom fixtures, you can bet refinishing will cost you a fraction of the entire cost; not to mention the hassle that comes with replacements.
Otherwise referred to as resurfacing or reglazing, bathroom refinishing allows you to repair any dents, scratches or get rid of old finish for a fresh new look with a glossy top coat. Having said that, there are several factors that contribute to the total cost of your refinishing project. For starters, the type of material you choose will determine the cost of bathroom refinishing. The second determinant would be whether it is a job you can do it yourself or you prefer to work with a professional.
Ideally, many people would rather save time, money, and energy and hire professionals to do the job. Bathroom refinishing can be a successful DIY project if you have the necessary tools and supplies, but then again it can be costly if you are not sure of what you will be doing.
With that settled, what would inform your decision of sprucing up your bathroom? Probably you have an unsightly, old looking bathtub and need to have a cozy bathtub that lets you relax as you enjoy a bath. If you are overhauling the entire bathroom and having new fixtures, a new bathtub would certainly be a necessity to help complete the look. It could be you saw something you liked and would want to purchase it as a gift to yourself. All these are reasons that justify a bathroom fix.
Should you therefore replace or refinish your existing system? Some of the costs that you might want to keep in mind when replacing include the cost for removal and demolition of the existing system. There is the cost of hiring a professional plumber to re-do the pipework when you decide to replace the tub. You will incur thousands of dollars when it comes to buying and having a new system installed. It is because of these that bathroom refinishing companies came into being. These are companies that offer specialized refinishing to ensure the entire system is complete and is done professionally.