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Bathtub Or Shower Liner Installation Costs

Porcelain bathtubs and shower surfaces degrade over time, and many people elect to simply install a liner instead of refinishing or resurfacing their current fixtures. While there are pros and cons to each method, it's critical to be cost-conscious while choosing a plan of action. Here are a few tips on calculating how much a shower or bathtub liner installation might cost:

National Install a Bathtub or Shower liner Costs

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National Install a Bathtub or Shower liner Costs
Average reported cost $2,446
Number of Cost Profiles 453 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $200
Maximum reported cost $5,000
Most homeowners spent between: $1,803 to $2,851

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Making It Personal

Unlike some home repairs and renovations, size isn't the only factor that determines price. While it's true that larger showers and luxury bathrooms usually cost more, a homeowner's personal preferences can help them save money. 

There are numerous varieties of bathtub liners on the market, and choosing acrylic, PVC, polymer or other substrates will change the estimate accordingly. Homeowners who decide to resurface after all may have to pay for new porcelain in the process, but this can actually cost less than some advanced synthetic options.

The price of bathtub liners and resurfacing materials can also vary widely based on their appearance and other characteristics. For instance, families might end up paying more for a product with inherent antimicrobial properties or an exact color match for their bathroom's antique tile. The inclusion of other personalized touches like soap dishes or artistic tile borders can also affect how costly the install is.

Can People Really Save on Labor?

Although the minimum reported cost for shower liner installations is around $900, some people pay as much as $5,000. The current condition of one's bathroom fixtures has a lot to do with this variance. 

DIY homeowners may pay less than the average reported cost of $2,726 if they remove the old tile and grout on their own. If they do the work incorrectly, however, they could end up with additional maintenance expenses in the future. 

Professionals can avoid cracks and other costly mistakes that result in leaks and widespread property damage, and their work is often warrantied against defects. Licensed contractors also understand how to prevent the proliferation of moisture and molds that may cause potential health issues. Many homeowners feel that these extra assurances are worth the added expense, especially when compared with the cost of subsequent repairs. 

Last updated on May 13, 2016

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