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Truth About Bath/Shower Liners

If it’s time to remodel or refresh the bathroom in your home, updating the bathtub or the shower is usually the first change to be made. It’s one of the most important elements of your bathroom, and it has gotten a lot of use over the years.

Over time, your bathtub can develop cracks, rust, and holes that can cause issues down the line. Most homeowners are drawn to cost-effective bathtubs or shower liners that can enhance the appearance at a fraction of the cost of a full remodel. While they look decent, bathtub liners are only a band-aid fix that covers the problems rather than addressing them.

What Are Bathtub Liners?

Bathtub liners are made from acrylic or PVC that are molded to fit your current bathtub. The liner slides over the top of your existing bathtub and is glued in place and sealed with caulk. Homeowners opt for bathtub liners because they want to quickly update their bathtub without spending a lot of money. Bathtub liners are a popular option because compared to a full remodel, they are relatively inexpensive, and they can be installed in a shorter timeline.

The Problem with Bathtub Liners

Bathtub liners may make your bathtub look great, but over time, issues can crop up, causing more damage and higher repair costs in the long run. Some of the common issues that can occur are that liners, when installed, include:

  • The liners can cover existing dirt, cracks, and filth. If not installed properly, it can create an environment where mold and mildew can grow and thrive.

  • Improper installation can also lead to cracks in the caulk or in the new liner. Moisture can seep in and damage the framing and flooring and encourage mold and mildew to grow.

  • If water gets in between your liner and the original tub, you will be able to feel the water when you step into the tub.

Is a Full Bathtub and Shower Replacement Better?

Although most people believe bathtub liners are the more cost-effective solution, better options are available. A full bathtub or shower replacement can enhance the look, extend the life of your bathtub, and save you money in the long run. Bathtub or shower replacements entail a full tear out of your existing tub. The benefits of a full replacement include:

  • Installation can be accomplished much quicker with highly trained professionals and at a cost that matches the installation of bathtub liners.

  • With a bathtub or shower replacement, you’ll be free to choose the materials and design you want to fit your home’s aesthetic.

  • With a replacement, you can opt for a tub-to-shower conversion to fit your needs and style.

  • When professionals install your bathtub or shower, they can address any underlying issues and save you the headache of costly repairs down the line.

If a shower or bathtub refresh is in your future, both bathtub liners and complete replacements are great options, but you may benefit more from having professionals replace your bathtub completely. A full replacement can enhance the look and extend the life of your bathtub for around the same cost. Ultimately, it comes down to your priorities and budget.

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