Preserving bathtubs of yesteryear: They don’t make them like they use to!
If you’re about to undertake an Atlanta bathroom remodel and struggling to decide what stays and what goes, remember the old saying, “they don’t make them like they use to!” Older homes were built using cast iron and porcelain bathtubs. In the 70s and 80s, fiberglass and acrylic started taking over.
When deciding if you should replace your older bathtub, consider a few things:
What shape is your bathtub in?
If you tub is worn, dented, scratched and the color is dated, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should replace it. If the shape of the tub is still acceptable and won’t compromise the rest of the remodel, keeping it in place is probably the smart thing to do.
Will replacing affect the dynamics of the rest of the remodel?
If the bathtub’s shape and the area surrounding it aren’t going to make a difference in the rest of your bathroom’s remodel, there is no need to remove it.
How hard would it be to remove your old tub?
Removing an old bathtub that is otherwise in good condition involves a lot more than just lifting it out of the room and discarding it. Once the tub is removed, you may be compromising the area around it. It will also involve having a plumber come in to reconfigure the new bathtub. Not to mention, your old tub will go into a landfill when you could just be recycling it by keeping it.
Will a new bathtub last?
Newer tubs are made of acrylic or fiberglass, weaker materials than the cast iron and porcelain of tubs from yesteryear. A new tub may last, but for how long? That depends on its usage.
How can you actually keep your old bathtub while remodeling the rest of the bathroom?
Keeping your old tub while remodeling your bathroom may seem like a bad idea because who wants to look at an ugly, old tub when the rest of the room is brand new? The answer to that is bathtub refinishing. Refinishing your old tub entails, stripping it of its old surface, repairing any damage and then resurfacing it with a new coating. Your tub will fit into your new bathroom because it will look brand new.
Preserving your old tub in your historic Atlanta home is important to maintain the integrity of your house. Keeping this in mind, refinishing it is a lot easier than you think. Professional bathtub refinishers know how to strip, repair and resurface your bathtub, and other fixtures around your bathroom. Vanity countertops and cabinets can also be repurposed and refinished to look brand new. If you are on a budget (and who isn’t these days?), bathtub refinishing may be a very good alternative to a complete bathroom gut and remodel.
If you are about to start your Atlanta bathroom remodel, call the experts at Top Gun Applied Surfaces today. You will get a free estimate and an explanation of what work will be done. You can have a brand new, repurposed bathtub in just a few hours!