You’ve decided that it’s time for a bathtub remodel, and you’re wondering whether you should go with a tub liner or go all out with a complete bathtub replacement. That’s a reasonable dilemma, and thankfully one that’s not too difficult to solve.
First, why would you consider a tub liner over a replacement bath? Usually it’s a matter of cost. Bathtub liners are less expensive initially, but that doesn’t mean they offer the best value for your money.
Another reason many choose a tub liner is because of time. Installing a tub liner seems simpler and quicker than a tub replacement, but is this necessarily the case?
With these factors in mind, let’s take a look at some of the complications that come with choosing a tub liner over a bathtub replacement.
Common Problems with Bathtub Liners
If you’re in a pinch and you need a bathtub refresh on a limited budget, a tub liner might be the best option for you. However, before you make your choice keep these potential pitfalls in mind:
There’s Potential for Mold Growth
What are bathtub liners? Bathtub liners are essentially new skins for your current bath. They are made of acrylic and glued down onto your current bathtub. In time, the adhesive can deteriorate, and this allows for moisture in between the liner and your old tub.
When paired with warmth and darkness, this moisture almost always leads to mold growth. What’s worse is you might not notice that mold has formed until it has become severe enough to spread out from underneath your liner. At this point, you could already be dealing with mold-related health problems.
Water Can Become Trapped Under the Liner
Small amounts of moisture are damaging enough, but it can get worse. In more severe cases of adhesive failure, larger amounts of water can become trapped under your liner. Unlike the problem stated above, this issue will not go unnoticed.
Your bathtub will feel spongy or sloshy when you step onto the surface because the water underneath is moving around. Large amounts of trapped water not only lead to mold growth, they can lead to water damage that further deteriorates your underlying bathtub.
Improper Installation Results in an Uneven Surface
Bathtub liners must be professionally installed in order to ensure a seamless and water-tight fit. Otherwise, you could wind up with uneven surfaces. Such a surface can lead to bathing discomfort and slip-and-fall injuries, and it doesn’t look so great either. If you’re remodeling a tub that will be used by children or elderly family members, then it’s not worth the risk. Consider a tub replacement instead.
Accessibility Issues are not Addressed
If it’s time to remodel your bathtub, now is a good time to consider your present and future accessibility needs. Standard tubs are difficult to step over for those with limited mobility. So, if you plan to age in place independently or foresee caring for a senior loved one in the near future, walk-in tubs provide a more practical and secure option than a bathtub liner.
So, Why Choose a Bathtub Replacement Over a Liner?
Bathtub replacements might cost more upfront, but they last much longer than a bathtub liner and you don’t have to deal with the risks associated with mold growth, uneven surfaces, and further decay of your old tub that will result in a replacement anyway. Bathtub replacements also allow for accessibility remodeling.
What about installation? When provided by a trusted bathroom remodeler, a new tub can be installed quickly and with little disruption to your home.
Whether you want a durable bathtub liner that’s professionally installed or a stunning replacement bathtub that’s custom designed, easy to maintain, and affordably priced, contact Luxury Bath of Tampa Bay for a free cost estimate!
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