The truth about Tub liners
You can improve the look of your tub in three ways:
Replacement, refinishing, or installing an acrylic liner with companies like bain magique .
Due to the fact that bathtub liners have some common critical issues when it comes to bathtubs we always recommend ECO-CASTING refinishing as a cost effective and rapid face lift.
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.
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.
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.
Bathtub liners may crack over time. If the shell doesn’t match the measurements of your original bathtub the liner may 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. 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 be lioke new using the Lifetime guaranteed Reglazing system – the ECO-CASTING, , average from $699 to $899 depending on the location and condition. 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.