Not all homeowners can fully remodel or replace their tubs. Removing a bathtub for a bathroom renovation can cost a substantial amount of time and money. Yet, some baths have sustained too much damage and cannot be returned to their original condition. Are there alternatives to removal if the tub surface cannot be repaired? A tub or shower liner might be the perfect answer.
Tub and shower liners are acrylic molds that fit perfectly over the existing fixture giving a new look without replacement. Tub Liners are much less expensive than buying a new tub and saving labor costs to remove and replace the old fixture physically. They are easy to install and require minimal downtime for the bathroom (this may be especially important to some homeowners depending on the number of bathrooms in the house).
These are great to give a new polished look to any worn-looking bath. Once installed, these liners are easy to maintain with just soap and water. They are a quick fix as long as the problem is only aesthetic.
If a tub liner ever gets damaged, it will have to be removed. When the liner is removed, the bathtub underneath will never be the same. Liners have to be placed in a tub with a heavy-duty adhesive. When the liner is removed, the adhesive remains. It sticks to the original tub and causes irreversible damage. Keep this in mind before putting a liner over a functioning tub.
Even if the liner is not removed, damage can still be wrought on the tub underneath the liner. Sometimes liners can get cracks, and mold can build and grow between the liner and the tub. Mold and leaked water can uproot the tub liner and cause it to float and squeak when the shower or tub is used.
Any water or mold under the liner could cause further unseen damage to the original tub. Leaving mold or dampness can lead to a host of other problems down the road.
There are a few situations where liners cannot be used. If the old tub is made of acrylic or fiberglass, a liner cannot be attached. Free-standing tubs are also not candidates for this treatment because there are no surrounding walls to secure the liner. Removal or refinishing is the only solution for those tubs.