Seeking good advice on bathtub replacement is always the smart approach. Replacing a bathtub is a complex process that starts with the bathtub removal. Replacement will require a new tub to be exactly the same length, width, and height. Otherwise, modifications will be required to the tile surround, the walls, the flooring, and the plumbing.
Often a bathtub is set in place prior to the completion of framing, finish trim work, and hanging doors. Sometimes it is impossible to remove a bathtub from the bathroom without breaking it into smaller pieces. The same problem may be encountered trying to get a replacement shower tub into a bathroom.
The average cost to replace a typical bathtub according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association is over $3,000! Replacement will most likely require several days, if not weeks of messy demolition and construction. Compare expensive and messy bathtub replacement to bathtub refinishing for less than $600 and downtime typically less than 48 hours!