Bathtubs are one of the more durable fixtures in your home, but over time, even bathtubs wear out. If your tub is made of plastic, for example, abrasive cleaners can damage the surface. If it's made of porcelain or steel, it may be prone to chipping. If made of a cast polymer, the finish will eventually wear off.
Here are 7 signs that it might be time to replace your bathtub:
A tiny chip may not seem like a big deal at first, but a tiny chip can grow into a larger crack. Any place where there is a chip, it means the tub's barrier to moisture is gone, making it prone to potential rusting or leaking. Not to mention, chips are not aesthetically pleasing and may feel uncomfortable against your skin when you sit in the tub.
Leaks are a big problem. Leaks can cause damage to your foundation or cause dangerous mold growth. If you see puddles on the floor after taking your bath, or if you fill up your tub, plug it, and in a few hours the water level has lowered anyway, you may have a leak somewhere.
3. Difficult to Clean
Is your bathtub starting to look dull? Are stains becoming harder to remove? Over time, the finish on your tub wears off, and your tub will start to look perpetually dirty. This is because your tub is more porous without its protective finish—that means dirt, bacteria, and germs are all seeping in.
Mold and mildew not only look gross, but they can be downright dangerous. Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that can cause structural damage to your home, as well as cause respiratory issues, allergic reactions, migraines, and joint pain. Even if you aren't using the bathtub, mold from the tub can still affect you.
Your tub is constantly exposed to moisture, so bacteria and mold collect on the walls of your tub. Hard water is a problem for 85 percent of households in the U.S., and that can lead to a buildup of soap scum in the tub. And as we mentioned, over time, the protective finish on a tub wears off. Once that happens, you may find you have a ring around the tub of dirt and grime that simply won't go away no matter how much you scrub.
6. Color Out of Date
It's hard to believe, but once upon a time, pink, blue, and mint green bathtubs were all the rage. Anyone with a house built from the 1920s to the 1970s may have to contend with these colorful bathroom fixtures. Obviously, it is a look that is out of fashion and can significantly date a house and hurt its resale value.
7. Not Comfortable or Accessible
Slipping into a soothing bathtub can be extremely relaxing and therapeutic on the body, but not if your tub is too small, too uncomfortable to sit in, or simply does not fit the contours of your body correctly. If you can't enjoy your bathtub, you probably won't take a bath, and then your tub becomes wasted space. Today's soaking tubs are ergonomically contoured to hold the body for a comfortable, deep soaking experience. There are tubs with neck rests and armrests, and Whirlpool baths can help soothe sore muscles. Additionally, if you or someone in your household has mobility issues and can no longer climb into or out of the bathtub safely or comfortably, it may be time to think about a replacement, such as a walk-in tub or a tub to shower conversion.
If you feel like it is time to immerse yourself in the pleasure of picking out a new bathtub for your home or possible converting it into a shower, visit one of our showrooms and talk to our experienced project managers. We're ready to help you get started.