Is Bathtub Resurfacing Green?

Good Question

Q: My husband and I recently purchased a 1960's era ranch style home in the Bay Area. We would like to spruce up our bathroom while a) not spending a lot of money, and b) trying to be as green as we can. Our bathtub (currently an icky brown, probably original to the house) is peeling. We're wondering if we should resurface or save up to replace...

...On the one hand, replacing would put more waste in the landfills, on the other re-glazing uses a lot of harmful chemicals. Do the chemicals used in re-glazing a bathtub make the whole thing "a wash" (pun intended) as far as green renovating goes?

Cost is also a consideration. Re-glazing could be done soon; a full bathroom renovation would be years down the road.

Sent by Delairen

Editor: Really good question and one that we've discussed here before. We've written in favor of resurfacing over replacing before, but what does everyone else think?

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