Save Money With A Tub Refinish

By Cara Torres

Changing colors in a bathroom can only be fun, but it can add life and creativity. It's always fun to the see the finished product come to life, that involves themes and designs. When remodeling sometimes it is difficult to overcome issues, such as old or stained tubs that seem to get in the way of the new design concept. Before throwing the old tub away consider a tub refinish, which is more cost and time effective.

It can sometimes cost thousands to purchase new tubs, pay for plumbing and new tile work. Refinishing means having to hire a handyman only, and bypassing the need for plumbers. Not only that, but on overall costs as much as 75% can be saved.

Before beginning any home project make assessments as to what is involved and if the level of skill required means a professional should be hired. Refinishing jobs can be a little complicated at times, and while it is tempting to try to complete it as do it yourself project, consider options carefully. Knowing the steps involved, and considering them carefully will help determine if a professional is needed.

The first step, rather homeowners are completing the job or a professional has been hired is a complete tub cleaning. This deep cleaning method will occur in two steps. The steps will use chemicals to strip the tub of deposits, oils, and soap scum, leaving a clean, smooth finish.

Professionals will then examine the tub for any repairs needed, including cracks or any other damage. Chips and other repairs can sometimes be completed easily. After repairs acrylic coating is completed.

Part of the process of the tub refinish is applying new colors, and there a variety of finishes to choose from. Choose the color before starting the acrylic finish process. Choices range from basic finishes to more fashionable, such as stone and faux finishes.

When choosing colors make some basic considerations, such as what color would best fit with the overall theme, or style of the room. Consider the other design techniques, such as methods of covering walls, and colors. Consider the overall mood and design elements.

For instance, faux finished walls or stone work and mosaics in bathrooms might benefit greatly by unique finishes in tubs that compliment these schemes. Basic colors might be better for stucco or painted walls. Natural and faux might be better for stone work on walls or faux finishes.

Also keep in mind that different types of tubs can be restored using the tub refinish method. Tubs that can often be restored are claw foot, cast iron, and porcelain. It's important to decide if homeowners are trying to simply restore the tub, or update colors and schemes. No matter the overall design, the simple savings involved makes a refinish project worth doing. The other benefit is the long lasting results homeowners can expect.

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