Bathroom re-glazing, also known as bathtub re-enameling, bathtub resurfacing or bathtub refinishing is the process of refreshing the surface of a damaged or worn out bathtub to its natural, pristine condition.
Re-finishing is guaranteed to work on all kinds of surfaces including fiberglass, porcelain, marble and acrylic.
Based on your circumstances, including the amount of time you need to invest in the project and the current condition of your tub, you can re-glaze it to complete your bathroom update.
Re-glazing can save you from the tedious and messy process of replacement and demolition. The National Kitchen and Bath Association just estimates the current cost of removing and replacing a bathtub to be $3,000 or even more.
Therefore, the replacement of the entire bathtub may be a bit tricky and here are some of the reasons why you need to re-glaze instead:
Low labor costs
Even though bathtub reglazing involves a couple of stages, it does not require as much labor as replacing your bathtub. Replacement means you will need about 3-4 people taking out the large bathtub to carry it down stairs!
You will also require a plumber to take care of the plumbing for the brand new tub. On the other hand, re-glazing only requires nearly one or two technicians working with fewer tools for a couple of days. You don’t need to spend as much on labor or have very many people in your house.
Time frame and bathroom availability
The time frame for the completion of any job usually depends on the amount of work required as well as the number of challenges which may arise.
Even though replacing and re-glazing may take the same amount of time due to the waiting period for every process or the stage, you are less likely to encounter problems when refinishing than during replacement of the bathtub.
Additionally, the replacement will probably put the whole bathroom out of commission while refinishing will only affect the bathtub. You are likely to have a smooth time without any problem during re-glazing.
It is quite evident that re-glazing is much cheaper than replacing just from the amount of labour and activities which take place during both.
It can cost you as much as $3,000 only to replace your bathtub, keeping in mind that any problems associated with the replacement process can result in an entirely new set of costs.
Re-glazing typically costs less than $1,000 with minimal risk involved. Professional re-glazing is the most affordable choice if you are not ready to strip out your old bathtub.
The Bottom Line
The durability of the glaze will depend on the factors like whether you hired a professional or you did the re-glazing yourself, and how you clean and maintain the finish.
Professional bathtub re-glazers often offer warranties that typically range between three and five years. Having proper care and cleaning, your bathtub’s new finish can last for this period or even longer.