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To Reglaze Or Not To Reglaze? That Is The Question.

Updated: Oct 27, 2022


Did you know that New York City’s residential makeup is comprised of approximately 70% co-operatives? With over 2500 “co-ops” in Manhattan alone, it’s no wonder that shareholders of these amazing older apartment buildings are consistently asking us if there are any solutions for that 1950s-1970s whimsical pink and blue tile.


Well, why not just paint it, right? You’re on the right track but what you should actually consider is reglazing. “Reglazing? I thought you only do that to a bathtub…” This is a common misconception and reglazing can actually transform a space in a number of different ways. Let’s explore:


1. Cha-Ching


It’s no secret that retiling a NYC bathroom can cost an arm and a leg and, in some cases, you can’t even retile your bathroom without updating the plumbing to adhere to house rules and co-op bylaws. Financially, you can expect to spend in excess of $10,000 to get this done (even in a 5x5 bathroom). On the other hand, you could reglaze the entire bathroom (walls, tub and floor) for ¼ of the price.


2. Shine Bright Like a Diamond


Now that we know reglazing is a much cheaper option than replacing, it has to look cheap, right? Wrong! When reglazing is done properly, it can transform a bathroom in a day and make it look like a completely renovated space. Especially for those owner’s looking to lease their spaces, many tenant’s wouldn’t know the difference. Trust me…I asked 3 of them earlier today :-)


3. Time is Money


Time is certainly money when considering a renovation since you need alteration agreements, board approval, permitting and sign off. That simple renovation could easily take you 60 days. What?! Don’t worry...hop on that 9am subway and spend your day in Central Park because by the time you come home at 5pm, your bathroom will be finished (just please don’t touch it yet).


4. Function is the Best Utility


Not only is reglazing easy on the eye, but it's also nice to the touch. Smooth, polished and sleek. Especially when done correctly, that old discolored grout will also have a reinforced coating that will withstand wear and tear for years to come.



Ready To Give Reglazing a Chance?


So, has this persuaded you to give reglazing a chance? Or perhaps you’ve already made the leap and have your paint sprayer in hand? If you’re looking for a remodeling company that is knowledgeable in proper reglazing practices – we can help in whatever stage of the journey you’re on. Start by chatting with us today.


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