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Refinishing vs. Replacing a Bathtub

Replacing a bathtub is a huge job that can cost up to $13,000 or more. On the other hand, bathtub refinishing costs just $478 on average and gives your bathtub a brand-new look without all of the expense. Bathtub refinishing can be done by an experienced DIYer with some time and patience, but usually it's best left to professionals who know what they're doing.

You could save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars by refinishing your bathtub. On average, the cost for bathtub resurfacing is around $478 and that's just with materials. Labor can vary depending where in America you live - from as low at 200 bucks up to 600+/- (depending).

If you are looking to replace your bathtub, the average cost is around $3,400. This includes additional expenses like removal and disposal of the old tub, or hiring a plumber, if necessary for fitting this new one with fixtures which would otherwise not match up plumbing-wise (this can be expensive). You may also need to replace walls or flooring as well; these things could add thousands more onto an initial price tag without even considering labor rates!

If you're not sure what to do with your outdated bathtub and could use some help, then

contact a professional. Most tubs are able to be refinished including cast iron, porcelain or acrylic/fiberglass styles but there can sometimes be limitations so make sure before deciding if this will work for you!

If your bathtub leaks or is seriously damaged/cracked, we recommend replacing it rather than trying repair and resurfacing - You might also want to look at our blog post containing helpful information about condition and repairs when doing so:

Have questions about your resurfacing project?

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