If your bathtub is in need of a makeover, but you're not sure how to go about the whole process, stick with us as we go over all the available options you can choose from as well as their pros and cons.

Before you spend thousands of dollars on a new tub, consider a few more affordable approaches which might work well for your bathtub.

No matter if you have a few minor rust spots or a ton of cracks and blemishes, you can always find the right bathtub renovation option that fits your needs and budget. Today we'll talk about two of the most commonly used options when it comes to bathtub renovation, so you can pick the one that suits your situation best.

1. Refinishing/Reglazing

You can find this renovation option under many different names, including reglazing, refinishing, resurfacing and recoating, all of which describe the same process.

Here's what the process of reglazing actually looks like:

  • The professional applies paint stripper to the outside of your bathtub to scrape off the old finish

  • They use acid etch on the inside of the tub to abrade the inside finish and offer a better bond between the paint and the tub

  • Another option would be to sand down your tub's surface instead of using acid etch

  • The next step would be to fill in and take care of any chips and cracks

  • Once this process is complete, they apply a few coats of primer and paint and finish up with a final buffing

Pros and cons of reglazing your tub

The main benefit of reglazing your bathtub is the fact that it's an inexpensive process, compared to replacing your tub. It can cost around $500-$600 on average and can completely change the look of your entire bathroom, without having to buy a new bathtub. The process is quite straightforward and quick and takes just a day to complete. However, the renovation requires the use of toxic chemicals, so you and your pets will need to stay away from your home for at least 24 hours to be safe.

2. Replacing your bathtub

If you're remodelling your entire bathroom, or you've decided that repairing your old bathtub is not worth it, you can also go with a full replacement and give your bathroom a fresh new look.

While this is a very time-consuming and expensive option, compared to reglazing your tub, if you have the time and budget to commit to such a large project, you may decide to go for it. This option is particularly suitable for those who are already planning on renovating their bathroom since the process involves removing tiles and doing additional repairs that may come up during the replacement.

Pros and cons of replacing your tub

While this is a costly renovation option that can take up to a few weeks to be completed, it does give you the chance to transform the whole look of your bathroom and choose a bathtub that fits your exact needs.