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Bathtub Refinishing Saves Oahu Homeowners Thousands of Dollars

submitted on 5 September 2020 by
Bathtub refinishing is one of the many home improvement services any homeowner should be aware about. First, it saves them thousands of dollars in the long run. Second, it saves them time. While bathtub and shower are the most known surfaces that can be refinished, did you know there are other surfaces that also can be recoated? In this article we are going to discuss what exactly is refinishing, what surfaces can be refinished, and how that can be one of the best home improvements you do for your house.

What is Refinishing?
Refinishing is basically the application of a finishing or coating material to a surface. It can also be called reglazing, resurfacing, or recoating. They all mean the same. The goal is to protect the surface, improve the look of it, and make it last a lot longer that what it would otherwise if nothing was done. This procedure is usually done when a surface is scratched, chipped, or appears dirty regardless of how much you clean it. Usually, that happens after the finishing wears off over the years (and off course lower quality materials will wear off faster). For example, you may have noticed your sink, bathtub, and/or shower looking yellow, brown, or even black is some areas.

People who donít know about the option of refinishing will most likely wait as long as they can handle it and finally replace it, spending thousands of dollars. We would like to educate homeowners about the option of refinishing it first.†

What Surfaces can be Refinished?
Many common surfaces can be resurfaced. Examples are bathtubs, showers, tiles, sinks and vanities, countertops, cabinets, and even floor. The procedures and materials are different for different surfaces. Moreover, some companies may focus on particular surfaces. For example, reglazing of bathroom surfaces, kitchen surfaces, and/or floor.

What are the costs? How much money and time can you save by Resurfacing?
While it depends on the surface itself, reglazing will always be cheaper than replacement. Letís take the example of a bathtub. According to Home Advisor statistics for 2020, the average cost of replacing a bathtub in the US is $3,611 (including material and labor). It can go as high as $10,000 for some crazy bathtubs or plumbing issues. In Hawaii we see overall high prices due to cost of shipping materials. The typical range of a bathtub replacement in Honolulu $3,041 - $5,720. On the contrary, the typical range for bathtub refinishing in Oahu is $800. As you can see, you can easily save 4-5x the cost of replacing a tub just by refinishing it. And better yet, it will look brand new and last many more years before it actually needs a replacement!

Although the costs and savings rate will vary, you can take this example for all the other surfaces we have mention as well. Similarly, the rate of savings should be the same across the globe. In Oahu in particular, we see houses with recoated surfaces rent and sell much faster and for a significantly higher price than if the surface appears scratched, chipped, or dirty. Not only that, but if you try to rent or sell your house and the bathtub looks that way, you will turn may renters and buyers away. You may actually have to discount the real value of your house it in other to sell. Refinishing is definitely one of the smarter, cheaper, and higher ROI home improvements you can do for your house!††
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