Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most popular rooms in the modern home to renovate. The number of TV shows dedicated to home DIY and modification alone is enough to convince many homeowners that a new bathroom can seriously increase the usability and sales value of their homes. After all, a home is a serious investment and it should be looked after and well maintained so that it retains as much value as possible.
A Story of Old Bathrooms
The biggest problem is that any bathroom can become worn and tired looking after a relatively short period of time. Was your bathroom looking fresh and clean when you moved in but it is now looking grey and old? Are your tiles covered in soap scum and your bath and shower dirty-looking? The real question is: how much time do you really want to spend in a dirty-looking shower or bath?
Of course, one of the most popular options is to renovate the entire bathroom and refit it with all new appliances, cupboards, and so on. This may be appealing but what if you like your existing bathroom? It can also be prohibitively expensive and so remains out of the reach of many families on tight budgets.
Have You Thought of Refinishing?
If tearing up your old bathroom sends shivers down your spine, reglazing and refinishing your existing tub, sink and shower might just be the answer. The first reason to do this is that it can actually be a lot more affordable than replacing absolutely everything in the bathroom.
Rather than ripping out the bathtub and investing in a new one, why not simply refinish the existing one so that it looks clean and new again? This is really the biggest advantage of a refinishing and reglazing service: they clean up your existing bathroom and make it look fantastic again.
How Does it Really Work?
Refinishing can work on just about any bathroom surface, including tiles. For example, if your bathtub has seen better days and it is chipped, cracked, and black with soap scum and old mold, refinishing it typically involves the following steps:
● Stripping and Sanding: The debris built up on any surface can become very difficult to remove over time. In fact, things such as mold can even damage the surface and cause cracks and other problems. During the initial refinishing process, the entire surface is stripped and sanded down. The original finish is removed and then the surface is sanded to a level finish. This removes any small blemishes and bumps.
● Filling: Any holes or cracks in the surface are also filled in at this point to ensure a smooth surface for refinishing later on. Old sinks and tubs are notorious for developing rust spots and areas of discoloration. Any physical damage to the surface will also create cracks and holes that need to be filled in.
● Finishing: The final step of the refinishing process involves the application of multiple layers of coating and sealant. Powerful bonding chemicals are applied in layers to ensure that the surface is consistent and that the final layers can be layered onto a surface that will accept it permanently. An acrylic surfacing agent is the final application layer and will make the tub, sink, or other bathroom areas look almost new again!
Should You Hire a Professional?
You may have seen DIY resurfacing kits at your local hardware store and been tempted to invest in one. This might be just fine for people who are willing to put in the hard work but the biggest problem is that these resurfacing kits don’t actually contain the same chemicals that the professionals use.
By contrast, professionals use bonding and finishing agents that are permanent, long-lasting, and incredibly durable. This effectively means that your new bathroom tub will last for many more years without having to be resurfaced.
Whether you have an old bathtub with some graceful character that you want to look fresh and new again or your bathroom needs some serious work before you sell the home, a resurfacing company can save you some real time and money.