Acrylic Bathtub Liner Cost
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Any time a large home improvement project is being considered, the budget and relative costs play a major role. While some homeowners are looking for simplicity, others want their home improvement project to be as grandiose as possible with no budget attached. A stained and scratched tub can be an eyesore, but one home improvement option is to cover it with an acrylic bathtub liner. Liners can vary greatly in quality, allowing a homeowner on a budget to still be able to update their tub.
Minimum cost of acrylic bathtub liners: $700 per liner.
Maximum cost of acrylic bathtub liners: $1,400 per liner.
Acrylic liners in general are used as a means to improve the overall appearance of an older bathtub that may be victim to previous damage. By using an acrylic liner, the entire bathtub may no longer need to be replaced, which would have been a far costlier venture.
Prices for acrylic bathtub liners usually tend to oscillate between $700 and $1,400 per liner, with a good liner ranging from $800 to $900. Price also doesn't always guarantee quality, which is why it's important to buy it from a vendor with a good reputation. Thankfully, a decent liner can be found at pretty much any of the major hardware stores.
Aside from the liner, there are a number of separate costs that should be considered before installation. Homeowners will have to decide if they want to hire a contractor or install it themselves. On the plus side, doing it without the help of a contractor can result in a decent amount of savings. However, there are a few drawbacks to the DIY method, especially if the homeowner is inexperienced in repair. A contractor can generally guarantee a high-quality installation as they are professionals that do this for a living. Doing this project without the help of a contractor could result in an improper installation, which has the adverse effect of costing more money to fix it. The second drawback is that doing the installation without the use of a contractor can take more than twice the amount of time to complete than if it were done by a professional. For those without a lot of time to spare, this might not be an advantageous option. If choosing the contractor route, it can cost anywhere from $150 to $500.
There are a large number of materials that are needed to complete the acrylic liner installation without any unwanted hassle. These materials vary greatly in cost, though all can be picked up at any hardware or home improvement store. Before picking up any of these materials, it's essential to make sure that the acrylic bathtub liner that has been chosen completely fits the bathtub in question as there's nothing more annoying than starting work on a project and finding that the main material is incorrectly measured.
The main materials that are needed for this installation are denatured alcohol, sealant and caulk. These are rather inexpensive materials but are vital for the completion of the installation. Denatured alcohol can cost anywhere from $5 to $25, which depends on the quality that the installer is looking for. Denatured alcohol is typically used as a means to remove different types of residue such as dirt, soap and oils that have discolored the bathtub. This needs to be done, so as to prepare for the installation of the liner. After this, the sealant is placed around the tub, which acts as an adhesive for the acrylic liner. It's possible to find a good-quality sealant for around $10 to $15.
Caulk is a material that will be added to the tub after the installation of the sealant and acrylic liner is completed. In essence, caulk is a sort of sealant that is used to keep moisture from leaking. In regards to the installation of the liner, the caulk should be lined around the edges of the tub. Caulk is an extremely inexpensive material and can generally be found for a few dollars, at least for the amount that is needed for this project. All of the aforementioned materials may not seem substantial, but they are absolutely necessary for a smooth and hassle-free installation if done without the use of a contractor.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Similar to any other extra addition to the bathroom, there are advantages and disadvantages that can be found with installing this material, some of them more important than others. In the case of acrylic bathtub liners, there are a number of aspects to consider. What matters most is the viewpoint of the homeowner in question.
Once the liner is installed, the material is virtually maintenance free. There are several styles and colors to choose from, allowing for any type of aesthetic. Acrylic is also a substance that will last for a very long time. A contractor can generally install the entire liner in only a few short hours, while an entire bathroom remodel can often take a few days at the very least. Removing an entire bathtub is messy, takes a large amount of time and requires reorganization of the plumbing, while acrylic liners require none of this.
Although not quite as expensive as buying a new bathtub, liners don't come cheaply and are seen by many to be a bit too expensive. If the liner is not installed properly, water could leak through it, which could create bacteria and mold in between the liner and the tub. If the liner somehow cracks, its removal is difficult due to the sealant underneath.
If, by rare chance, the liner does need cleaning, it can be very difficult to do so. The types of damage that can be done to liners include scratches that eventually acquire dust buildup as well as staining that can clash against the previous color of the liner. Due to the nature of acrylic liner installation, it will create a narrower bath and higher walls.
If price is not an issue, acrylic bathtub liners can be extremely useful. The liner in question works well in turning an old and worn bathroom into one that is now beautiful.
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Last updated on May 4, 2016