How Much Do Bathtub And Shower Liners Cost To Install?

Typical Range:

$2,285 - $8,479

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Updated July 26, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

If your shower or bathtub is older or showing signs of discoloration, you may want to update it with a new liner since it's a more affordable alternative than replacing your tub or shower. Tub and shower liners cost on average $5,328 to install, with a typical range between $2,285 and $8,479. Liner customization and size are the most significant price factors.

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National Average $5,328
Typical Range $2,285 - $8,479
Low End - High End $499 - $13,000

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,079 HomeAdvisor members.

Bathtub Liner Cost

Bathtub liners cost around $300 to $1,000, with larger sizes or unusual shapes typically running more. You can find options in many different colors or styles to match your bathroom's current style or something completely new if you're redecorating. PVC and acrylic tub liners are the most popular materials, with Bath Fitter and BathWraps being two of the most popular brands on the market. Bath Fitter costs around $1,000 to $10,000 for a tub liner, while BathWraps costs vary depending on your geographic location and specific needs.

Tub Liner With Wall Surround

Costs for 5 wall surround materials for a tub, including fiberglass averaging $750

Installing a tub liner with a wall surround costs between $1,200 and $3,000 and can be an excellent way to protect your bathroom walls from moisture, mold, and mildew. A surround-liner combo creates a more cohesive appearance and is an affordable way to give your bathroom a face-lift while adding extra functionality like shelving or grab bars and updated decor without the full cost of a bathroom remodel.

Wall Surround Material Average Price Range (Surround Only)
Polystyrene $85 – $275
Fiberglass $210 – $1,280
Acrylic $260 – $1,650
Vikrell $260 – $1,800
Solid surface $260 – $1,950

Shower Liner Cost

A shower liner costs $800 to $1,500. You’ll pay the most for customization, like shelves or bars for soap. If you need one for a tub-shower combo, you can expect the price to be $1,000 to $2,000 or more.

Liner Installation Cost

A liner installation costs $500 to $1,500 for most projects, with plumbers charging$45 to $200 per hour. Many charge a flat fee for projects of this nature, based on how many hours they think the job will take. Expect to pay an additional hour or two for work if they have to remove the old liner first. And if they uncover any plumbing issues, you'll need to budget for the cost of plumbing repairs before the contractor can go ahead with the liner installation.

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Shower or Bathtub Relining Cost Factors

Several additional cost factors can affect your total estimate, driving your total project price up to $8,000 or more:

  • Size: Bigger liners require more material and time to install.

  • Access: Small, tight showers may take more time for labor.

  • Existing condition: If you need plumbing repairs, you’ll have to take care of that first.

  • Customization: Complicated designs, like a walk-in tub, increase the price.

If you have an older bathtub or shower or yours doesn't work as it should, it's wise to consult a local plumber first. Liners don't fix faulty pipes or faucets, so you'll want to take care of any problems before you schedule an installation.

Refinishing vs. Installing a Liner

If your tub is still in reasonably good condition, you can save money by getting it reglazed rather than relined. Bathtub refinishing costs between $280 and $560, so it's significantly more budget-friendly than having a new tub liner put in. However, reglazing doesn't last as long as a new liner since it’s just a cosmetic update. Plus, the bathtub needs to be in good condition for reglazing to be a viable option.

DIY Liner Installation vs. Hiring a Pro

If you want an acrylic liner, you'll need to hire a shower installer near you. Installing a PVC one can be a DIY job, but pros typically have access to better materials and can ensure correct placement. Before you choose a pro to tackle your project, schedule an in-person consultation and get at least three quotes.

If you're unsure of your DIY skills, it's best to let a plumbing pro tackle this job because a lot can go wrong when installing a new liner. If you don't get it quite right, mold and mildew can grow beneath the liner. And if you don't seal the liner correctly, you can cause significant water damage to your home.

Bath Liner Kit Cost

Bath liner kits cost $575 to $2,500 and can include the tub liner and a wall surround of up to three pieces. If your bath isn't set into an alcove, you'll only need a one-piece or three-piece surround kit. These DIY kits are good money-saving options if you have the skills to install them correctly. You can also get a pro to install the kit for you, having potentially saved by getting a good deal on your own kit.

FAQs

How do you install a bathtub liner?

Installing a bathtub liner involves cutting or molding acrylic or PVC to the right size. Pros use heat to attach it seamlessly to your existing one.

Can you customize a bath liner?

Yes, you can customize your bath liner to suit a variety of sizes and shapes, but you’ll usually have a limited selection of colors and styles.

Can you refinish a bath liner?

Refinishing a bath liner depends on the material and its thickness. Ask a bathtub installer near you if they offer the service.

How long do bath and shower liners last?

Bath and shower liners can last for the life of the house. How long they'll last depends on the material, how well they’re installed, how much use they get, and how well they're maintained.

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