All you need to know about bathtub liners

bathtub-liner

You can improve the look of your tub in three ways:
replacement, refinishing, or installing a liner. Bathtub liners have disadvantages which include plumbing, cracking, and expense.
So when the budget is limited and a modern  is needed, we recommfaceliftend refinishing over bathtub liners anytime!
please keep reading to learn more about this type of solution.

Bathtub liners – What is it?
Bathtub liner is a sheet of acrylic which is molded to the shape of a tub, placed over the tub and glued down to cover it. Liners are simply acrylic covers that basically replaces the beautiful gloss of a restored porcelain tub for the look and feel of plastic.

1. Plumbing

The added thickness of the liner may mean the drain and overflow must be extended to avoid plumbing problems.

2. Water leakage

Bathtub liners can develop leaks…leading to mold and mildew.
Bathtub liners suffer a bad reputation for allowing water to leak between the old tub and the new liner. Any small crack or hole which develops in the caulking along the seam between the liner and the vertical wall surround can allow water to penetrate and build up between the liner and the old tub. Water can also leak around the drain or overflow joints. If water does leak and get trapped between the liner and the tub, the water is almost impossible to remove. The result can be a “squishy” feeling each time someone steps in and out of the tub. Not only can the misplaced water create a “squishy” feeling, worse yet, the standing water can become stagnant, creating obnoxious odor problems. Stagnant moisture can lead to unhealthy mold and mildew build up.

3. Replacement

Liners will eventually need to be replaced because they will wear out. Unfortunately, most liners are glued to the tub during installation. Bathtub liners that are glued in have to be cut or ripped out to be replaced.

4. Cracking

Bathtub liners may crack over time. If the shell doesn’t match the measurements of your bathtub exactly the liner will flex and crack over time. This flexing will eventually cause bathtub liners to crack. Water can easily enter these cracks and cause the problems mentioned earlier.

5. Limited Color Selection

Bath tub liners usually come in a limited selection of colors which is standard white, almond, biscuit, and gray. Also, some liners are made from plastic, and do not have a glossy surface.

6. Reduced Bathroom Space

Bathtub liners are made to fit a range of bathtub models and sizes, and are often several inches wider than the original bathtub. This extra width may take up critical space in a small bathroom or throw off the carefully balanced design of a larger bathroom.

7. Bathtub Liner Takes Longer to install

It’s very common that several weeks should pass  from measuring and ordering to actual installation. Here’s the typical process.
1. A salesman comes to your home to have you sign a contract.
2. An installer then comes to your home to measure your tub.
3. The factory fabricates the Liner acrylic shell  according to the measurements.
4. Factory ships the bathtub liner to the installer.
5. Another appointment is scheduled to install the or liner.
6. The bathtub liner is installed, usually in one day, but weeks after you signed the contract.

8. Bathtub Liner is still expensive

An  acrylic liner installation average cost is $1200 and if you add a wall surround sheets, soap dishes, etc, the cost can go as high as $4000-$5000! The cost to have SURFACE INTEGRITY refinish your bathtub to like it was originally looking like , average from $375 to $400 depending on the location and condition. The cost to refinish both the tub and the tile surround ranges from $750 to $900. Refinishing is often 40% to 50% cheaper than bathtub liners!

Although a liner is a  cheaper option than total replacement of the tub, it’s considerably more expensive than having the tub refinished. Most bathtub liner companies will insist on installing a 3-wall bathtub liner wall surround to help prevent the collection of water under the liner. This adds to the cost and you may not need the surround.

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