If your current bathtub is starting to look a little sketchy, or worse, developing leaks or other functional issues that can cause problems for your home—you’ve probably discovered a few different options for dealing with it. While it’s true that bathtub liners, refinishing, and a new bathtub are all options, there are some important things to consider before making a choice.

What do I wish that I had known before getting a bathtub liner? There are many factors to consider when comparing bathtub liners with a replacement bathtub. These include:

  • Cost
  • Time
  • Mess
  • Customizable Style & Features
  • Durability
  • Value

But the one thing that I really wish that I had known before I chose to go with a bathtub liner is—bath liners are designed to fail!

Six Factors to Consider Before You Buy

There is no such thing as a zero-effort option for repairing or replacing your failing bathtub. Every option that you have will require an investment of time, effort, and money. If you want to get results that give you the look and function you want with quality that will last a lifetime, you need to remember that you’ll get what you pay for.


One of the biggest selling points for bath liners over a full bathtub replacement is the price difference. While it’s true that most bath liners cost less than a replacement tub, you need to remember that the project will also include the price of installation. Once you factor in the cost of labor, materials, and supplies—the cost difference is likely going to be a lot smaller.


Neither a bath liner nor a replacement tub is an easy DIY project. The potential problems that will come from improper installation outweigh any potential savings you’ll realize from handling it on your own. Fortunately, when you work with professional tub installers, you can have either of these options installed and ready to use in as little as one or two days.


When you work with a reputable bathroom remodeler, you shouldn’t have to worry about any messes to clean up when the project is completed. That’s just one more good reason to reconsider the DIY approach.

Customizable Style & Features

When you decide to have a bath liner installed, your options are limited by two factors. The first is the style and feature options that are offered by the liner manufacturer. The second is the existing tub and what products will work with it. When you decide to go with a full replacement tub, you can choose from all of the colors, styles, patterns, and features without limitations.


Within a few years, a bathtub liner will inevitably start to lift, curl, crack, and allow moisture into the spaces between it and the old tub. As we said above, bath liners are designed to fail. But when you choose a replacement bathtub, you’ll get durable products that are designed to last a lifetime—backed by a lifetime warranty.


It all comes down to the value that you get for your bathroom remodeling investment. When you consider the small difference in cost after installation and the negligible difference in time and mess, it just makes more sense to go the route that gives you more options, more durability, and much greater value.

For Bathtub Replacement in Portland and the Surrounding Area

Miller Home Renovations has been providing quality bathroom remodeling, including tub installations, since 2008. Give us a call with all of your questions about replacement tubs. Let us help you select the new bathtub you’ll love and schedule no-mess, same-day installation that will give you a bathroom you’ll enjoy for years.