Surface Type ⇔ PORCELAIN
The base for a porcelain bathtub or sink is either steel or cast iron. This base was specially designed during manufacturing for "enameling" (baking a porcelain finish on top). Porcelain bathtubs and sinks are still the most common type of bathtubs found in homes today, especially those built before the 1980s.
Today's standard size steel-based tubs measure 57L x 28W x 12D, and the cost to refinish is $350. The nicer cast iron tubs are deeper and wider, so the cost to refinish is $425. Depending on their use and care, porcelain tubs can last as long as 20 years before needing to be refinished. We know that because we have had a handful of customers call us back after 20 years to refinish their tub again.
A tell-tale sign that it's time to refinish is when the surface is getting hard to clean ... or hard to keep clean, and it never really looks clean. When this happens, chances are the porcelain finish is simply wearing off. Why does that happen? The finish wears off because of cleaning with harsh abrasives, which can cause a porcelain surface to become so porous that soap and body oils collect easily on the surface, making it nearly impossible to keep clean or look clean, even when you know it is.
If there is damage in the tub, it must be repaired before refinishing, and repairs can range between $25-$150. Why such a wide range? There may be just a little rust or a small chip that needs to be repaired, which would fall at the lower end.
If the porcelain finish has worn down to the point that the metal surface beneath the porcelain finish is beginning to show through (giving off a grayish effect), the bottom will have to be skinned. Skinning is a term we use for filling in pits, dimples, pinholes, and worn areas with bondo to help build up the surface that has worn off. In these cases, or if there is a lot of rust and chips, cost for repairs can reach the $150 mark.
We've been doing chip repair for homebuilders and homeowners across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for many years. From hammers dropping into tubs, to soap dishes and towel bars falling off the wall, chips can happen in homes under construction, in homes just built, and in homes lived in for years! The minimum charge for chip repair is $125. Just because a tub or sink has chips, nicks, or scratches, it doesn't necessarily mean it has to be completely refinished.
If the damage is located above the water line, it can be repaired. If the damage is located below the water line, it can still be repaired, but not guaranteed, because the water can eventually loosen the repair. In cases like this, we recommend refinishing, so the repair is sealed and the work can be guaranteed.
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Please note that our warranty is specifically related to the two things under our control: workmanship and product defects. We do not guarantee that rust, cracks, or holes won't reappear later in a bathtub or sink if the underlying source of the damage (possibly a house shift, improper initial installation, water leak, or previous damage to the same area) has not been corrected.
Our service areas extend to most of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex including Addison, Argyle, Arlington, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, Coppell, Corinth, Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Denton, DeSoto, Double Oak, Duncanville, Euless, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Highland Park, Highland Village, Hurst, Irving, Justin, Keller, Kennedale, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, North Richland Hills, Northlake, Plano, Richardson, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, The Colony, Trophy Club, University Park, Watauga, Westlake, and many others.
These cities indicate our maximum travel range. Call Debbie at 817.305.0300 if you're unsure whether we travel to your area without an additional travel charge.