Why Refinishing or Reglazing Your Bathtub Is The Better Choice

No matter how high quality a bathtub is, it is inevitable that it will one day begin to fail. Bathtubs are a part of the home that sees near constant use and over time, they begin to show signs of their daily wear. Permanent stains form, chips happen and the shiny finish that imbues them with that classic porcelain look starts to become dull. In this way, a bathtub that was once attractive and hygienic looking can start to be a major eyesore.

old fashioned luxirious golden bath tub in a bathroomWhen bathtubs begin to fail, the first impulse many people have is to replace the tub altogether. The problem with this line of thinking is that buying a new bathtub every time any sort of wear starts to show is an expensive and ultimately, wasteful habit. Despite its outer appearance, a bathtub with water stains and a few surface cracks or chips is still perfectly functional in every way. The superficial damage is just that, entirely on the surface.

Fortunately, there’s a way to rejuvenate the appearance of a bathtub without having to buy and install a new unit. Refinishing and reglazing processes utilize a two step process to make an old tub look brand new again. This procedure is effective, time efficient and has the potential to save you money in the following ways:

1. Increases Lifespan

When the coating of a bathtub begins to wear away and crack, the damage can quickly cost the tub its ability to retain water effectively. This means that the appearance of visible damage on a tub’s surface often signals the fact that a quick and merciless drop in the bathtub’s functionality is swiftly forthcoming.

An old claw foot bathtub in an old broken down house.Refinishing a bathtub essentially halts this process by applying an all new waterproof coating. This coating is generally made of a synthetic material like acrylic, which is bonded to the original surface of the tub by a solid bonding agent. Using this process to refinish a bathtub ensures that no bubbles or gaps between the coating and tub surface will form, which helps to guarantee that the tub continue to be water tight for years to come. The synthetic coating is flexible and resilient, which enables it to extend the lifespan of a tub by a significant number of years.

2. Revives Style

Sometimes, a tub becomes an eyesore not because it gets damaged or worn out, but because the progress of style has proven unfriendly to the tub’s design. This leaves homeowners with a bit of a quandary: what do you do if a tub is still functional, but looks about as fresh as a fossil?

Tub refinishing provides an elegant and cost effective solution to this problem. Tub coatings come in a wide variety of different colors, patterns, and finishes. This means that even the oldest and least stylish of bathtubs can be given new life and made to look perfectly up to date.

Luxury white flat rim roll top clawfoot bathtub isolated against a white background3. No Need for Removal

Finally, replacing a tub altogether often presents a surprising challenge when the homeowner has to remove the original unit. Those who live in smaller homes or apartments will often find that due to changes in the building’s layout or structure, bathtubs have great difficulty getting out the way that they were brought in. Homeowners may have to hire movers or contractors in order to dispatch the unit or get the tub out the door. This represents a considerable excess cost.

In short, refinishing or reglazing a tub allows homeowners to revive their bathrooms at just a fraction of a new bathtub’s cost. This quality, combined with the fact that it can be completed in a very short span of time makes it a very desirable option for tubs that are looking less than perfect.

Problems That Can Be Missed With A Home Inspection

When purchasing a house, a home inspection should always be a part of the buying process. The services of an inspector who is certified by The American Home Inspectors can identify numerous types of problems in the home. However, it is not fail proof.

Male supervisor looking up while writing on clipboard against blue house standing with energy ratingEven the most experienced home inspector cannot detect everything. In some cases, you may consider hiring a specialist to inspect the problem areas that are missed during a home inspection. Here are some common issues that may arise after you move in:

Sewer Lines

While inspectors can determine if a line is entirely blocked, partial blocks are frequently missed. The water may need to run for substantially longer for the problem to appear, or it may worsen after your family moves in. Damage to the pipes may not show, particularly if the home has not been in use for a while.

Electrical Troubles

A home inspector does not have the training nor time to perform an in-depth inspection of the electrical workings of the home. They will check all of the outlets and switches in the home, but may not be able to determine deeper troubles and malfunction origins. For these, you will need to hire a certified electrician.


From the roof to the piping beneath your home, leaks can be caused by a variety of home problems. Left untreated, they can be a source of mold and create damage to the foundation and structure of your home. However, they are not always easy to detect.

If your home inspection is during the dry season and the previous homeowner has painted any stains or otherwise covered the visible damage from the leaks, your inspector will likely not find it. For leaks inside of the home, if the previous residents have already vacated the building, the water may have already dried, leaving no trace of leaks. The water may need to be on for a few days before they become visible again.

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Determining when an HVAC system is going to fail is virtually impossible. It may operate powerfully for years or have a vital part malfunction tomorrow. If an inspector checks out your home during moderate weather, the system will not be put through the same rigors as during extreme temperatures. One heat wave or freeze snap may be all it takes to cause system failure.

Because the price of an additional, thorough inspection is so high when compared to just replacing a unit, most inspectors do not recommend it. Check the maintenance records of the previous homeowner. The more diligent they were about regular maintenance visits, the greater the chance it is in good order.

However, if you have an old furnace, you may want to have the heater exchange inspected separately. A cracked one can be dangerous by raising carbon monoxide levels in the home.

Structural Damage

The roof, foundation and internal walls can have problems that are not detected in a traditional home inspection. In some cases, the inspector may suggest that you bring in a contractor who specializes in the area in question to make an assessment, including the cost of repairs.

Septic System

One advantage to using the public sewer system is that you need not worry about this one. However, if the home has a septic system, you will be responsible for it. Some states require an inspection of the system. Even if yours does not, you may want to see if the previous homeowner pumped it regularly and performed other relevant maintenance tasks.

Buying a home is the largest investment most people make in their life. Make sure that you are choosing wisely by having the house inspected and being aware of troubles that may arise once you move in. These are some of the most common issues you will encounter that even the best inspector can miss.