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Bathtub Liners vs. Full Bath Replacement 

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Is your bathroom feeling a little worse for wear? Maybe the tub is chipped, the shower tile is outdated, or the whole space just lacks the aesthetic vibe you want. When it comes to a bathroom remodel, the bathtub or shower is often the centerpiece, and the decision between a liner and a full replacement can feel like a big one. 

Do not worry, we are here to help! We will break down the pros and cons of each option, from the materials used to the installation process and the level of customization available. By the end, you will be armed with the knowledge to make the perfect choice for your bathroom oasis. So, ditch the decision fatigue and let us see which is best for your bath remodel and budget: bathtub liners vs full replacements!  

Why Choose a Full Bath Replacement? 

Replacing your bathtub opens a world of possibilities compared to simply installing a liner. Liners offer a quick cosmetic refresh, but a full replacement allows you to completely transform your bathing experience. 

For starters, a replacement tub lets you explore a wider range of styles, materials, and features. Imagine soaking in a deep soaking tub or indulging in a whirlpool bath. You can also upgrade your bathing hardware with new faucets, showerheads, and safety features like grab bars. Since you are essentially starting from scratch, customization is king. 

But the benefits go beyond aesthetics. A full replacement allows for a complete inspection of your bathroom’s plumbing and underlying structure. This can uncover hidden issues like mold or water damage that a liner would simply mask. Addressing these problems now prevents them from becoming bigger headaches (and expenses) down the road. With a new tub and proper backing materials, you will enjoy a watertight and secure bathing space for years to come.  

Why Consider Bathtub Liners? 

Bathtub liners offer a compelling alternative to a full bathtub replacement. Their biggest advantage lies in their cost-effectiveness. Compared to a complete tub overhaul, liners are a much more affordable option. This makes them ideal if you are looking for a quick and budget-friendly way to update your bathroom’s look without breaking the bank. 

Another benefit of bathtub liners is their installation speed. Unlike a full replacement that can take days, liners can be installed in a single day. This minimizes disruption to your bathroom and allows you to get back to enjoying your space quickly. Plus, liners are typically made from non-porous materials like acrylic. This makes them resistant to mold and mildew growth, and they require minimal cleaning for upkeep. 

Differences Between a Bathtub Replacement & a Bathtub Liner

Here are the key differences between a bathtub liner and a complete bathtub replacement.

Comparing Materials: Bathtub Liners vs Full Bath Replacement 

In deciding between bathtub liners and full bath replacements, the materials used are a key consideration. At DaBella, we use high-quality Sentrel Bath Systems non-porous acrylic materials for our bathtub & shower replacements, ensuring your bath upgrade remains durable for years and is easy to clean with Sentrel Bath Systems state-of-the-art Nanoprotect technology. Our bathtub and shower materials are resistant to cracking, chipping, and fading, and are easy to clean and maintain. 

Acrylic is a popular choice for bathtub liners due to its durability, ease of cleaning, and glossy finish. It also comes in a wider range of colors and styles compared to PVC.  

PVC liners are a more budget-friendly option. They are known for their flexibility and ease of installation. However, they may not be as durable as acrylic and can have a more plastic-like look and feel. Some lower-quality liners might also be made from polystyrene, which is even less durable than PVC. 

Installation Differences 

Installing a bathtub liner is slightly quicker and less disruptive. Your existing tub stays put, and the liner is secured with adhesive or caulking. However, since the old tub is not removed, installers have limited access to check for hidden problems like plumbing leaks or mold growth behind the tub. 

A full bathtub or shower replacement is a little more involved process. The old tub is meticulously removed, allowing for a thorough inspection and potential repairs behind the tub. This ensures a watertight and healthy bathing environment. Due to the removal and installation of the new tub, a full replacement takes longer than a liner installation. However, the potential for uncovering and addressing hidden issues upfront can save you from future headaches and expenses.  

A full bathtub or shower replacement by DaBella can usually happen within as little as one day as long as there are no underlying issues with the installation. 

Levels of Customization 

Bathtub liners offer limited customization. They typically come in a handful of standard colors and textures, with minimal design flexibility. Since they are prefabricated to fit existing tubs, you will not be able to alter the size or shape of your bathing area. Additionally, liners simply cover your existing tub, so features like grab bars, shelves, or jets cannot be integrated. 

Full bath replacements, on the other hand, you can choose from a wide range of materials like acrylic, stone, or tile, and explore diverse colors, patterns, and textures to create a bathroom that reflects your unique style. Replacing the tub allows you to customize the size and shape of your bathing area. Opt for a spacious walk-in shower, a luxurious soaking tub, or even a combination of both! Full replacements also let you incorporate a variety of functional features. Think built-in shelves for toiletries, grab bars for safety, and modern showerheads. 

Deciding the Best Option for Your Bathroom Remodel: Bathtub Liners vs Full Bath Replacement 

Whether you are considering a bathroom refresh or a complete overhaul, the state of your bathtub plays a major role. While both offer paths to a revamped bathroom, the ideal choice depends on your priorities and the condition of your current tub. 

A full bath replacement is the ultimate makeover for your bathtub and surrounding area. The old tub is entirely removed, allowing for a thorough inspection and repair of any underlying plumbing or structural issues. This ensures a watertight and mold-free environment for your new bathtub or shower. You will have a vast selection of materials, styles, and features to choose from, letting you personalize your bathroom to perfectly match your taste and functionality needs.  

While bathtub liners offer a more budget-friendly option, it is important to understand their limitations. A bathtub liner is a custom-made shell that fits over your existing tub. It offers a slightly quicker installation and conceals surface imperfections, but the underlying problems with your old tub remain hidden and could worsen over time, leading to a more expensive and disruptive repair or a replacement down the line. 

Contact DaBella for Your Bathroom Upgrade 

Has your bathtub or shower seen better days? Cracks, leaks, or outdated styles can drag down your entire bathroom. At DaBella, we specialize in bathtub and shower replacements, helping you create a bathroom you will love using. 

We partner with industry-leading manufacturer Sentrel Bath Systems to provide a vast selection of durable and stylish bathtubs and showers. Our team of experts will guide you through the process, helping you choose the perfect option for your needs and budget. Whether you prefer a luxurious soaking tub, a modern walk-in shower, or a convenient combination unit, DaBella delivers exceptional results. 

Our commitment goes beyond the product. Our factory-trained installers ensure a flawless and watertight installation, minimizing disruption to your daily routine. Plus, all DaBella bathtub and shower replacements come with industry-leading warranties, giving you peace of mind for years to come.  

Ready to transform your bathroom? Contact DaBella today at 844-DaBella to schedule your free consultation and estimate. Experience the difference between quality craftsmanship, exceptional service, and a bathroom you will enjoy. 


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Steven Shortridge

District Manager

Portland, OR

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