You may be tempted to solve your “bathtub problem” by installing a tub liner you saw in a TV commercial. After all, the commercials make it seem like this is the perfect solution for covering an unsightly tub.

However, while a quick and easy solution might work for some remodeling jobs, we don’t recommend it for a bathtub remodel.

We have some bad news (and good news) to share about bathtub remodels. Bathtub liners are problematic. However, bathtub replacement isn’t as expensive as you think it is.

Not-So-Great News About Bathtub Liners

Bathtub liners, also known as tub liners, acrylic tub liners, and tub inserts, cover the existing surface of a tub. The process is completed when an acrylic or PVC sheet is heated and formed in a mold.

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Homeowners like the idea of a tub liner because the solution is faster to complete than tearing out the old tub and part of the bathroom floor and wall. Installing a bathtub liner is also quicker than a bathtub replacement, which may be an issue for homes with one tub.

However, you need to be aware of several drawbacks of bath liners as you consider completing this project.

Bathtub liners aren’t cheap.

You may think placing a liner in your existing tub would be the least expensive solution. However, this may not be true.

Do a reality check by getting a free cost estimate on the project with the bathroom remodeling company near you.

Water can get between the bathtub liner and the old tub.

If the tub liner is perfectly installed, you may not have any problems. However, even if you hire a professional for your bathtub liner installation, a small crack that will later form in the caulk can allow water between the liner and the underlying bathtub.

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If this happens, the bottom of the liner can begin to feel soft and squishy. Also, smelly mold growth could develop underneath the liner.

Bathtub liners don’t work on every type of surface.

You may be determined to make installing bathtub liners part of your bathroom remodeling project. However, if your current tub is fiberglass, cultured marble, or a stand-alone tub, you may be forced to complete a bathtub replacement. (Also, bathtub liners don’t work on some types of acrylic tubs.)

Liners cause uneven surfaces.

One final benefit of installing a replacement bathtub is that liners sometimes cause uneven surfaces that can be problematic as the tub (and the bather!) ages. An uneven surface in the tub of an older adult may be dangerous.

Bathtub Liners vs. Tub Replacements: Frequently Asked Questions

Is a bathtub liner worth it?

Installing a bathtub liner is less expensive than tub replacement. However, using them has several disadvantages, including the potential for water intrusion and mold growth between your liners that could lead to mildew or rot. Another issue may be uneven surfaces due to too small divots left behind when people remove their old cast iron units.

How long does a bathtub liner last?

According to manufacturers, a bathtub liner should last about 10-15 years if properly maintained. However, if water gets between the liner and tub, the liner may last only six months to a couple of years.

How much is it to replace a bathtub liner?

The tub liner cost is cheaper than tub replacement in the short term. You can expect to pay about $1,000-$3,000 for a tub liner.

Is it better to refinish a bathtub or replace it?

You can refinish a bathtub or replace it. The best option depends on the condition of your tub and your budget. If your tub is in good condition and you’re looking for a more affordable option, tub refinishing may be the best solution. However, if your tub is old or damaged, tub replacement may be the better option.

Ready for a Bathtub Replacement? Contact Woodbridge Shower & Bath

Are you excited by the fresh start you receive with a full bathtub replacement? Then, contact Woodbridge Shower and Bath. Our certified installation specialists will ensure your new bath fits perfectly in your space so that your new tub lasts for years.

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