Most people love buying enamelware and using it for cooking purposes. Others are simply collectors while to another lot; enamelware is an item of beauty.
The term enamelware refers to any enamel finishing on household items such as pots, dishes, or even bathtubs. This coating has been in use for centuries now.
There are many reasons why enamel is popular for this purpose. It is usually durable, conducts heat very well, and is “stick-resistant”.
However, some people overuse their enamel-coated items; and they cause them to wear out in time and, therefore, need repair. One of the methods used for repair or restoration is ceramic enamelware resurfacing (CER).
What Is CER?
Ceramicware enamel resurfacing (CER) refers to a process where homeowners act on deteriorating enamelware by use of do-it-yourself methods or by purchasing a resurfacing kit. Since the process is intricate, most of those affected decide to hand over the process of repair and resurfacing it to professionals.
Reasons Why People Use CER
1. To Avoid Risks Of Injury
Some enamel-coated wares have wrought iron components. If the item is used in eating, then chips can break off and enter into food. When this happens, it could lead to complications related to ingesting elements with radicals in them. These chips can also cause physical injuries if pointy and sharp. If they encounter the skin and tear it, there are high chances of bleeding and infection. Chipped-off coating in bathtubs can expose dangerous underlying components.
2. To Restore Vintage Value
Some antiques in the homestead do not come into any use for quite some time. However, the owners just want to keep them as souvenirs or items of beauty. As a result, they will hold on to them and put them up on display. However, when these wares start degrading, they decide to repair or resurface them. This process puts said enamel or ceramicware back into their former appealing states.
3. To Avoid Spending
Enamelware is not only hard to find but also expensive. When homeowners see antique pottery, bathtub, and kitchen utensils begin to lose their shine; they consider the issue of cost, since replacing them would be time-consuming and expensive. On the other hand, CER would take a shorter time to carry out and cost very little compared to buying a completely new set of items.
Benefits of CER
1. Increase In Resale Value
Those who own expensive enamelware think of making cash off them at some point in the near future. This is because enamelware is just like any other commodity so it will fetch very low prices if in poor shape. When owners resurface their wares, they raise their values and place themselves in strong positions when negotiating comes around.
2. Retention Of Sentimental Value
Those with vintage antiques may not want to get rid of them for new ones as their current collections have sentimental value. The best way would be to put them back into shape and stash them away in the cabinets again.
3. Improvement in appearance for aesthetics
As indicated earlier, some homeowners keep enamelware in a bid to add style and elegance to their homes. Repair or resurfacing enhances their look and increases the aesthetic input in the general scheme of design.
4. Costs Related To Refinishing
If appliances are not working well, refinishing them might be a better idea than ditching them for a completely new set altogether because of the expenses involved. Apart from the actual cost of replacement, there are invisible costs.
For example, one might actually end up paying more for the removal of the old items from their fixed places. Bathtubs are some of the appliances that could cause this problem.
The cost of refinishing, for the most part, is usually low, with homeowners spending an average of $275. However, it is always dynamic, ranging from the type of item, its state, and whether or not it has to be removed from the home to undergo finishing.
People gain ceramicware and enamelware in different ways. Some buy them, others inherit and yet others get them as gifts. Whichever the case, these items will at one point need some kind of upgrading without necessarily undergoing a whole replacement process. Owners can choose to either resurface or refinish them to resemble what they initially looked like in their prime.