What to do with your fiberglass tub
When it comes to selecting a tub for your bathroom, you have plenty of materials from which to choose. However, fiberglass often makes the short list of options if you’re in the market for a good basic, no-frills tub. If you purchased a home that was built around the 1990s, chances are you have fiberglass. If you aren’t planning on replacing it, consider Atlanta bathtub refinishing to at least keep it looking presentable.
Fiberglass tubs were installed in a lot of home builds because of its affordability and not necessarily its durability. Tub options made of metal such as brass, copper and cast iron were used in earlier homes to sustain over time. They were not meant to leave the home in which they were installed. But since fiberglass is an extremely budget-friendly material, homebuilders saw this as a more effective way to keep building costs down. Fiberglass and acrylic are two plastic materials that fall on the lower end of the price spectrum so it is usually the most affordable option available. If your home has an existing fiberglass tub, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should replace it.
Because fiberglass tubs are lightweight, they are thinner than other tub materials which often makes them less durable than the alternatives. Typically fiberglass has a lifespan of 10-15 yeas because the soft finish is easy to scratch or crack and over time, the finish may fade as well. However, just because fiberglass tubs have a softer finish that may be prone to scratches and cracks, it is also repairable. This means you don’t have to replace your entire tub if damage occurs. Hiring a professional resurfacing company who specializes in fiberglass repair will help you keep your tub looking new and fresh.
If your home has a tub and tile combo that is made of fiberglass, consider refinishing it instead of replacing. A professional can turn that dingy, scratched or cracked tub into new again and even turn it into a color that is more suitable to your lifestyle. Fiberglass was and still is a budget-friendly option but one that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad choice. A professional refinishing company will come in and repair any scratches or cracks and put a fresh new surface on that will make it look brand new. If it was installed in the 1990s with a creamy almond color (or something worse), now is the time to update the color as well. You can turn it into a crisp, pristine white and have it glistening and brand new in no time.
At Top Gun Applied Surfaces, we have been resurfacing fiberglass bathtubs for years. We are experts in the field and understand the material better than anyone in the area. If you are looking to revamp your fiberglass tub, let an experienced company help with your Atlanta bathtub refinishing needs.