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Bathtub Liners 101

When you want to change the look of your bathroom, a bathtub liner may seem like a good alternative to replacing or even refinishing your bathtub.

There are a lot of problems with bathtub inserts that you might not know about until it’s too late. Don’t just put a band-aid on it if you can fix the problem for less money.

When you want to change the look of your bathroom, a bathtub liner may seem like a good alternative to replacing or even refinishing your bathtub.

There are a lot of problems with bathtub inserts that you might not know about until it’s too late. Don’t just put a band-aid on it if you can fix the problem for less money.

The Problem With Bathtub Liners

Switch from Porcelain to Plastic

When you put a bathtub liner over your existing tub, you trade the beauty of a porcelain tub for the look of acrylic or plastic. Even though acrylic is strong, a porcelain tub is stronger. Cracks in tub liners are not unusual. Acrylic and plastic feel different than porcelain, which is something to think about if you like to soak in the tub from time to time.

Liners Quite Expensive

Most people think that bathtub inserts are a cheaper alternative to refinishing, but liners are usually much more expensive. Liners can easily cost a few thousand dollars while refinishing only costs a few hundred.

Leaks Happen Often

Even though tub liners are made to fit over your tub as snugly as possible, they are still just glued and caulked into place. This makes it easy for water to get between the liner and the old tub, which can cause smells, mold, and mildew. Getting rid of the water is hard, and it will happen again.

It Can Take Weeks to Install

From the time you sign the contract with the installer, you’ve chosen until the time your bathtub liner is put in can be weeks or even months. Your tub’s measurements must be sent to the manufacturer, who then makes the liner and sends it to the installer. The installer will then need to set up a time to put in your liner.

You Will Need a Plumber

Putting a cover on your tub might seem easy, but because of the extra height, your drain and overflow will need to be fixed by a plumber.

It's Hard to Find a Replacement

Your tub liner will get worn out over time and need to be replaced. Getting rid of the old liner is hard, and the liner often has to be cut out of the tub.

Refinishing Can Save You Time & Money

Refinishing your bathtub takes only one day and costs a small fraction of what a liner would. There’s no tearing down, no chance of mold or mildew, and no need to call a plumber. With our refinishing process, your porcelain tub will look as good as new, or even better. We offer a range of colors, so your tub can always match the rest of your decor. Request your free quote today!