Knowing the Different Types of Bathtub Liners

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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  • Homeowners can opt to replace old bathtubs, refinish them, or install a bathtub liner to make their tub look new
  • Some bathtub liners can last for a very long time, this is why they often have their own lifetime warranties when purchased
  • When choosing a tub liner, you need to have accurate measurements of your existing tub, this is why some contractors are not able to provide you with estimates right away

If you are tired of the same bathtub but you don’t have the budget to get a new one installed, it might be time for you to try a new bathtub liner.

The homeowner can choose between getting a replacement, having the tub refinished, or opting to get a liner. But by far, a bathtub liner is the only option that can give your tub a fresh new look without the hassle and the cost.

Replacing your bathtub with a new one is a good option especially if you see a new bathtub with a low price. But keep in mind that replacement will require a lot of work that includes remodeling. That factor alone will ensure that the cost will rise from a couple hundred dollars to thousands. What’s more, it is not a practical option for homes that only have one bathroom since the bathroom will no longer be usable during remodeling.

When it comes to bathtub refinishing, on the other hand, you can easily get it cheap. However, you need to keep in mind that the refinishing process will require the use of hazardous chemicals and you will still not be able to use the bathroom for at least 2 days.

Bathtub liners, however, will not require a lot of downtime. You just need to pick the correct liner and let it stick overnight. The next day, you will be able to enjoy your new bathtub. Just take note that there are different bathtub liner materials that you have to choose from. Here are a few facts that can help you select the right one:

What are liners for the bathtub?

Liners are used as an insert to your existing bathtub. This is why you need to buy one that molds properly to the tub that you have. When buying a bathtub liner make the appropriate measurements first. You can take pictures of your existing bathtub so that you can get a close match for the base. According to experts, this is a very crucial step.

If you fail to do this step properly, you might end up cracking the liner or allowing water to go under the liner.

What are the different types of liners?

There are basically three types of liners that you can choose from. This is the PVC, acrylic, and the solid surface polymer.

Polyvinyl chloride is a type of plastic polymer. This type of liner can be quite durable. But if you want something harder than PVC, you can opt for acrylic bathtub liners as they are known to be more durable. Solid surface polymer, on the other hand, is also quite good. Some experts recommend it over the other types because they are scratch resistant.

It is also known that solid surface and acrylic bathtub liners can outlast ordinary PVC liners. As a matter of fact, some experts even say that acrylic tub liners can last for several decades, and perhaps even forever. This is why these products have a lifetime warranty for as long as you clean and care for them properly.

If you buy this product, it might be best if you read the warranty first so you will not void it. Never use abrasive cleaners and keep in mind that the lifetime warranty refers to the lifetime of the tub, not the owner. This is why most solid surface tub liners can last for almost 30 years.

How much do bathtub liners cost?

Bathtub liners can cost around $1400. If you will need a wall surround for the project, the cost may go up to $4000. Experts say that if the tub has problems, then the wall surround may be necessary simply because the walls might also have issues.

The cost can also increase or decrease depending on the location of your home, the liner materials, the size of your tub, as well as the tub materials.

Just keep in mind that contractors will not give you an estimate unless they can look at the tub and get precise measurements first. This is particularly true if the contractor has to customize the liner to fit the tub.

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