Just like other types of bathroom products and fixtures, bathtubs are not exempted from natural wear and tear. With everyday use and poor maintenance, bathtubs will eventually look stained, damaged, and worn-out.
Luckily, today’s newest bathtub products are made with high-quality and affordable materials that reflect the best in modern engineering. They’re easy to clean and maintain, repel bacteria and resist mold and mildew, and won’t chip, scratch, peel, or dent, ever—unlike the bathroom materials of the past that require a lot of work to keep looking new.
To improve a deteriorating bathtub on a budget, bathtub liners have become popular options in bathroom remodeling. However, bath liners only address the cosmetic issues of an ugly tub while ignoring the more serious ones. If you’re interested in addressing both issues at once, bathtub replacement is the way to go.
In this article, our team at Thiel’s Home Solutions will explain the benefits of choosing a full bathtub replacement instead of a liner. If you’re planning to improve your bathtub and struggling to make a decision on how to do it, this information should shed some light on why replacement is the best decision you can make.
Bathtub Replacement Ensures That The Underlying Problem Is Solved
Bathtub liners are a quick cosmetic solution that won’t provide a fix to repair deep-seated stains, cracks, and other forms of damage. Liners are a short-term, highly affordable solution to keep your bathroom looking fresh and attractive. If the problems you’re having with your bathtub are purely cosmetic, a liner is a convenient solution that can temporarily improve the look of your entire space.
On the other hand, if there are issues that affect your bathtub that require a more in-depth solution to fix, bathtub replacement is critical. A bathroom remodeling expert won’t just assume that the liner will cover the problem spots effectively. Instead, they’ll provide an extensive inspection to make sure that the sub-flooring, plumbing, and support beams, and other areas around the tub are in good condition first. If anything does need repairs, a bathtub replacement is the most cost-effective and long-term solution that will add more value to your home than a liner.
Mold Growth and Water Damage Will Be Mitigated
The worst thing you can do is to place a bathtub liner over a moldy, water-damaged bathtub. Waterlogged wood can become a breeding ground for termites, and decaying wood and construction materials can threaten the structural integrity of the home. Needless to say, mold and mildew should never be ignored. Have all signs of water damage and mold and mildew addressed immediately before considering any remodeling options to prevent further damage.
Additionally, poorly installed bath liners can result in water leaks and moisture settling in between the liner and the bathtub. This accumulated moisture can also lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. If not addressed properly, these can cause health risks to you and your family and the other risks mentioned above.
Opportunities to Upgrade Your Tub
Unlike with a bath liner, bathtub replacement offers homeowners the chance to upgrade their bathtub with newer, more advanced features. High-quality acrylic materials make cleaning your tub easier than ever, and offer long-term value for homeowners should they ever decide to sell their home.
In addition, replacing the tub can also mean upgrading the type of tub you have installed. For example, those that wish to create more space to open up a smaller bathroom can have their traditional tub turned into a shower/tub combo. Or, homeowners thinking about improving the safety and security of the bathroom can opt to have walk-in tubs replaced instead of a high-walled, more dangerous style bathtub.
Bathtub Replacement Offers a Higher ROI
Compared to bathtub liners, which do not last as long or provide the same benefits, a bathtub replacement can enhance the value of your property and make your family’s bathroom experience a more pleasant one. Beautiful, high-quality bathtub installations are always desirable features for potential home buyers, and upgrading now will be a selling point should you decide to list your home for sale in the future. Always keep in mind that it is much wiser to go for the long-term solution than a quick cover-up when it comes to the value of your home.
Getting The Best Bathtub Replacement Service in Ohio
When it comes to exceptional workmanship, excellent customer care, and state-of-the-art bathroom products, Thiel’s Home Solutions is the bathroom remodeling company to call. Since 1967, we have been Northeast Ohio’s one-stop hub for all types of home improvement needs.
With our customer-first policies like our Lifetime Guarantee, a team of experienced professionals, and convenient financing options, we’re proud to be the most trusted name in bathroom remodeling in the area. From bathroom conversions, bathtub replacement, shower replacement, and the installation of walk-in tubs and more—you can count on us to deliver the quality results you want at a price that’s affordable.
If you want to learn more about how we can help you improve your bathroom, contact Thiel’s Home Solutions today by giving us a call over the phone. Or, if you’d like to receive a free, in-home visit and pricing estimate for your home remodeling needs, fill out our quick online form.
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