Bathtub Liners & Inserts: A Quick Guide

When you want to update the design of your bathroom, a bathtub liner may seem like a perfect option for a replacement or even refinishing. Unfortunately, bathtub inserts have a number of issues that you may not see until it is too late.

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What are Bathtub Liners?

Bathtub liners, also known as bathtub inserts, are molded plastic or acrylic coverings that are bonded and caulked into place over your existing tub.

6 Issues Related to Bathtub Inserts

  1. Switching from Porcelain to Plastic

When you install a bathtub liner over your existing tub, you exchange the aesthetic appeal of a porcelain tub for that of acrylic or plastic. Although acrylic is durable, it is not as durable as porcelain. It is typical for tub liners to develop cracks. Acrylic and plastic have a different feel than porcelain, which is something to consider if you prefer soaking in the tub on occasion.

  1. Tub liners are more costly.

In spite of the common misconception, that bathtub liner are a cost-effective option for refinishing, liners are often much more costly. Liners may easily cost several thousand dollars, but refinishing costs just a few hundred.

  1. Inserts for bathtubs may leak.

Although tub liners are designed to fit as tightly as possible over your tub, they are nevertheless glued and caulked into place. This makes it simple for water to enter the space between the liner and the existing tub, leading to stink, mold, and mildew. Water removal is difficult, and water accumulation will occur again.

  1. It may take many weeks to install.

The installation of your bathtub liner might take weeks or even months from the moment you sign the contract with the contractor you’ve selected. Your tub’s dimensions must be provided to the manufacturer, who then makes and ships the liner to the installer. The technician must then plan a time to install your liner.

  1. You Must Contact a Plumber

It may seem simple to slip a cover over your bathtub, but the increased height will need a plumber to adjust your drain and overflow.

  1. Replacement is challenging

Your tub liner will eventually wear out and need replacement. The procedure of removing the old liner is difficult and typically entails cutting the liner out of the tub.

Save Money and Time Through Refinishing

Refinishing your bathtub is a one-day job that costs a fraction of what a liner would. There is no need for demolition, mold or mildew danger, or a plumber. Our restoration method returns your porcelain tub to its original splendor, if not better. We provide a choice of color options so that your tub will always complement your interior design. Request your free quotation now!