Why Use A Professional To Repair A Bath Chip
Bathtubs are an essential part of any bathroom, providing a place for relaxation and rejuvenation after a long day. However, over time, bathtubs can become damaged, with chips and cracks appearing on the surface. Here we detail the most common causes of bath chips, the benefits of using a professional company as well as detailing our tried and trusted process.
What materials are baths commonly made from?
There are a variety of materials that bathtubs can be made from, including acrylic, enamel, and porcelain.
- Acrylic: Acrylic bathtubs are lightweight, easy to install, and come in a wide range of colours and styles. As well as being relatively inexpensive, they are also easy to maintain and are resistant to chipping and cracking.
- Enamel: Enamel bathtubs are made from steel or cast iron that is coated with a layer of enamel. They are durable and long-lasting but can chip if struck with hard objects. The enamel coating also makes them easy to clean and maintain.
- Porcelain: Porcelain bathtubs are also made from steel or cast iron. However, they have a layer of porcelain that is fused to the metal. They are also durable and long-lasting but can chip or crack if exposed to extreme temperatures or impacts.
- Cast Iron: Cast iron bathtubs are made of heavy and sturdy iron. These types of bathtubs are durable and long-lasting. Being coated with porcelain enamel makes them more resistant to rust and wear.
- Stone: Bathtubs made of stone, like marble or granite, are a luxury option. They are heavy and difficult to install but are very durable and elegant. With proper care, they can last for decades.
What are the most common causes of bath chips?
The most common causes of chips in bathtubs include:
- Impact damage: Bathtubs can chip easily if hard objects such as toys or cleaning tools strike the surface.
- Wear and tear: Over time, the constant exposure to water, soap, and other cleaning products can take a toll on the surface. This may lead to chips and cracks.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures: Bathtubs that are located near windows or in uninsulated areas are more susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures. This includes freezing temperatures in the winter or hot temperatures in the summer.
- Improper installation: Bathtubs that are not properly supported or installed on an uneven surface can be more susceptible to chips and cracks.
- Improper maintenance: Bathtubs that are not properly cleaned or protected can be more susceptible to chips and cracks over time. This can include not using a bath mat or towel to protect the surface or using abrasive cleaning products.
By being aware of these common causes of chips, you can take steps to protect your bathtub and prevent damage from occurring. It’s also important to be mindful of the type of bathtub you have so you know how to best protect and maintain it over time.
Why use a professional for bath chip repair?
There are several reasons why it is important to use a professional surface repair company like Foreman Snags to carry out bath chip repairs.
First, professional repair companies like Foreman Snags have the tools and equipment necessary to carry out the repair correctly. These tools and equipment are specifically for repairing surface damage and are not available to the general public.
Second, our specialist team of technicians have the experience and knowledge necessary to carry out the repair correctly. With years of experience working on bathtubs, we have seen and repaired all types of damage. We know how to properly clean the area, and fill the chip with the correct repair material. We’ll also smooth the surface so that it matches the surrounding area.
This knowledge and experience ensures that the repair will be done correctly and that the repair will last for a long time.
Foreman Snags are dedicated to providing high-quality service. We understand that a chip in your bathtub can be a major inconvenience, and we’ll work quickly and efficiently to repair the damage. We undertake each repair to the highest standard, ensuring that it will be long-lasting.
What is the process of a professional bath chip repair?
The process of a professional bath chip repair typically involves several steps. This depends on the material of the bathtub and the size and location of the chip. However, generally speaking, the process would involve the following steps:
1. Initial inspection
A professional surface repair technician will first inspect the chip in your bathtub to determine the extent of the damage. We’ll take note of the size, location, and depth of the chip, as well as the type of bathtub and its condition.
The technician will then clean the area around the chip thoroughly, removing any dirt or debris that may have accumulated in the chip. This is important to ensure that the repair material will bond properly with the bathtub surface.
The technician will then prepare the chip by carefully removing any loose or jagged edges. This is crucial in ensuring that the repair material will have a smooth surface to bond to.
4. Bath chip repair material
The technician will then apply the repair material, usually a special epoxy or acrylic compound designed specifically for use on bathtubs. This fills the chip before we smooth the surface with a putty knife or similar tool.
Our technician will then sand the surface of the repair material to smooth it out and match the surrounding surface of the bathtub. This step is very important to achieve a smooth and seamless finish.
After the repair material has hardened, the technician will then apply a primer and paint the surface to match the colour of the bathtub. This will help to protect the repair material from moisture and UV rays.
7. Final inspection of bath chip repair
Once the repair is complete, the technician will undertake a final inspection. This ensures that the quality of the repair and that the surface is smooth and seamless.
It’s important to note that the above process is general. There may be variations or additional steps depending on the material, the severity of the chip, or the method of repair.
For more information on bath chip repair, get in touch with our expert team today!