4 Cost-Effective Ways to Update a Bathroom for 2016

Cost-Effective Ways to Update a Bathroom for 2016

Cost-Effective Ways to Update a Bathroom for 2016

The New Year can be a time of evaluation and reflection, when people think about how they want to improve certain aspects of their lives and then make resolutions to reach those goals in the coming months.

If your resolutions for 2016 involve updating and beautifying your living space, here are some ways to stretch your budget and cost effectively renovate your home’s bathrooms:

  1. Refinish the bathtub – If your bathtub is no longer a place where you feel comfortable or enjoy bathing (due to, for example, rusting or other damage), bathtub refinishing can give your tub new life, as well as a new look. As we pointed out in a recent blog, refinishing is generally a more-cost effective alternative to replacing tubs, and the process can be completed far more quickly, minimizing the time you are out one bathroom in your home.
  2. Refinish the tile & the countertops – The benefits of refinishing are not limited to your bathtub. If the unsightly areas of your bathroom extend to the tile and/or countertops in your bathroom, these too can be refinished, rather than replaced, affording you the same benefits as bathtub refinishing.
  3. Change your lighting scheme – Believe it or not, how your bathroom is lit can change the feel of the entire room. So when you are ready to update your bathrooms, at the very least, consider changing out the bulbs to affect new lighting. For a more dramatic difference, replace the lighting fixtures and consider moving them to different locations to develop a new lighting scheme for the room.
  4. Replace other fixtures, linens and other small items – With the money you saved refinishing your bathtub, tile and/or countertops, consider replacing some of the other smaller fixtures in your bathroom, such as the toilet paper holder, the switch plates or even the faucet handles. Similarly, getting new towels, a new shower curtain and other smaller items can put the finishing touches on your bathroom, giving it a brand new look and feel you can enjoy in 2016.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Tile, Counter & Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Let us refinish the tile, counters and/or bathtubs in your home. Contact us for a free quote by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Top 5 Weirdest Products for Bathrooms

New inventions and products can save us time and make our lives easier. Not always, though, as some products that may have seemed promising in theory may just end up being bizarre in application.

The following are a handful of some these odd products for bathrooms that you may want to think twice about before buying (or that you may want to keep in mind when it’s time to buy a loved one gag gift):

  • Custom printed/colored toilet paper – Want to spruce up your boring toilet paper? Some companies are offering custom prints for toilet paper, providing neon colors, black or even designs – like printed money or people’s pictures. Though you may not want to make this your standard toilet paper, it can be fun for parties or certain types of events.
  • Toilet putting green – Need a distraction while doing your business? The makers of the toilet putting green have replaced the book or magazine with a faux grass mat that fits around toilets and comes with a putter, golf ball and small putting hole.
  • The toilet throne – Want to feel like the king of the castle in your bathroom? Well the makers of the wooden toilet throne can let you bring this experience to any of your bathrooms (at a price that is fit for a king). 
  • Toilets for two – Need a buddy while you do your business? Adding more people into the bathroom experience isn’t for everyone. But those who may want some company can invite a friend in with a toilet for two that has a privacy wall between two adjoined toilets facing each other (a few feet apart). If you’ll be staying a while, these toilets even come with docking stations and LCD TVs.
  • Toilet & tile tattoos – Want to give your toilet and/or bathroom tile a new, edgy look? Well you can with a toilet & tile tattoos that come in traditional and custom designs (even in the classic hearted “Mom” tattoo) that can be easily removed when you are ready for another new look.

Want to Invest in a Bathroom Update that Will Pay Off in the Long Run? Refinish Your Tub

Here are some odd products for bathrooms we’ve run across. Ready to make a good bathroom investment? Bathtub refinishing is the way to go.

Here are some odd products for bathrooms we’ve run across. Ready to make a good bathroom investment? Bathtub refinishing is the way to go.

While the wacky items above can be fun novelty items, when you want to invest in a bathroom update that will bring a great return in the long run, refinishing your bathtub is the way to go.

Bathtub refinishing can make tubs look like new for a fraction of the cost of replacing a tub. It can also change the entire look and feel of a bathroom.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Let us refinish your bathtub for less than you think. Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

5 Cost-Effective Ways to Spruce Up a Boring Bathroom

You don’t have to break the bank to give your bathroom a fresh, new look. In fact, here are some budget-friendly bathroom update ideas that can change the look and feel of your bathrooms:

  • Ready to spruce up your boring bathroom on a budget? Here are some simple things you can do. Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing quote.

    Ready to spruce up your boring bathroom on a budget? Here are some simple things you can do. Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing quote.

    Add salvaged shutters by your tub – Lending a shabby chic feel to bathrooms, salvaged shutters can also divide the bathroom space in a new way, possibly even creating more privacy for the tub area.

  • Change up the flooring – Have a tiled bathroom? Why not replace it with pebbled tile or wood planking? While you may only want to change up a portion of the flooring if you are under a time or budget crunch, switching up the entire floor can alter the entire appearance and feel of your bathroom.
  • Switch out your sink or sink stand – Have a cabinet beneath your sink? Or a larger sink base? Try switching out this base for a pedestal so that your sink takes up less room, opening up your bathroom. If you need the storage space provided by the cabinet, consider adding shelves or a cabinet right outside of the bathroom (so you can leave as much open space as possible within the bathroom).
  • Change the shape or position of the mirrors – Consider changing flat mirrors to beveled ones, square mirrors to round ones or possibly leaving in the mirrors you have now and adding in some more to make the bathroom space more dynamic. Altering the mirror scheme in your bathroom can go a long way towards changing the way the space within that room feels.
  • Change your lighting & lighting fixtures – Have overhead lighting in your bathroom? Consider changing to wall lighting, updating the overhead fixtures or even simply changing the type of bulbs you use to alter the lighting scheme in your bathroom. Different lighting, particularly when coupled with some of the above changes, can also lend a fresh look and feel to a bathroom.

Want to Take Your Bathroom Update to the Next Level? Refinish Your Tub…

Updating the features around a tub may not always be sufficient to truly refresh the look and feel of bathrooms – especially if an older eyesore of a bathtub remains the centerpiece of the room. If you are ready to take your bathroom updates to the next level, refinishing your bathtub can be a great move, costing less than it would to replace your tub while giving it a new look and new life.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Let us refinish your bathtub for less than you think. Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

5 Bathroom Renovation Ideas for Small Spaces

Bathrooms tend to be among the smaller rooms within homes, especially homes that were built some time ago. Just because the space in a bathroom may be limited, however, does not necessarily mean that the room has to feel small or claustrophobic.

In fact, if you take some time to think about the layout and features of your bathroom (when setting up the space or redesigning it), you can make the most of a smaller space while adding comfort and sophistication to it.

Open Up a Small Bathroom Space By…

  1. When you want to open up a small bathroom space, here are a few cost-effective ways to do so, our tub repair pros explain. Contact us for a free tile or tub refinishing quote.

    When you want to open up a small bathroom space, here are a few cost-effective ways to do so, our tub repair pros explain. Contact us for a free tile or tub refinishing quote.

    Replacing a cabinet sink with a pedestal sink – Sinks areas can consume a lot of space in smaller rooms, so consider condensing the sink’s footprint by taking out cabinet sinks and replacing them with a pedestal sink. If you need the cabinet storage space, you can add in shelving (preferably in a hall outside of the bathroom so you don’t eat up the space you are trying to open up).

  2. Incorporating ambient lighting – Softer ambient lighting can open up smaller spaces, especially those that may get little to no light via windows/natural sources. So, consider replacing overhead lights with a few wall scones to light the room.
  3. Making your shower curbless – The edge of a shower can abruptly cut off the feel of space in a bathroom. If possible, consider replacing showers that have curbs around them with a curbless variety to open up the floor and feel of the room.
  4. Adding frameless mirrors – Taking the frames off of mirrors is another way to create the illusion of more space in a bathroom. You may even want to replace small circular mirrors with broader, square mirrors that have no frames to maximize the effect.
  5. Revitalizing the tub and tile – Is the tile and/or tub in the bathroom dingy, stained or damaged? If so, refinishing the tub and tile is another great way to open up the look and feel of a bathroom while breathing new life into it.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate

When you are ready to revitalize the look and feel of the tubs and/or tile in your home, contact us for a free estimate. Call us (303) 908-8764 or click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Celebrate Becoming an Empty Nester with a No-Demo Bathroom Renovation

Empty nesters, here are a few cost-effective bathroom renovation tips to revitalize and reclaim your bathrooms. Contact us for a free refinishing quote.

Empty nesters, here are a few cost-effective bathroom renovation tips to revitalize and reclaim your bathrooms. Contact us for a free refinishing quote.

With fall upon us and teens heading off to college, new empty nesters may be left feeling a little restless – and they may be looking for ways to refresh and reclaim some space in their homes, like their kid’s old bathroom.

The great news is that empty nesters don’t have to break the bank to update and modernize their kid’s former bathroom(s). In fact, they can save a lot of time, money and stress by going the no-demolition route and refinishing the tub and tiling, rather than doing a full-blown renovation.

Benefits of Refinishing

Believe it or not, the look of a bathtub and surrounding tile can really revitalize (or bring down) the overall look of a bathroom. By refinishing the surface of broken, worn down and/or stained tubs and tiling, the damaged surfaces of the majority of the bathroom can be repaired, giving them the look (and feel) of a new bathroom.

What can be just as great as the outcomes of tub and tiling refinishing is the fact that, when you go the refinishing route, you can also benefit from:

  • Cost savings – Refinishing is only a fraction of the cost that a full-blown renovation, including a new tub and new tiling, would be.
  • Time savings – Refinishing tile and a tub will usually only take a few days at most. This means that you will deal with minimal inconvenience as you modernize the bathroom and that you can start using your new bathroom ASAP.

This help you extend your renovation dollars further – maybe even allowing you to make some updates to other areas of your home that you may want to modernize.

Compliment Refinishing with Some Final Touches

After refinishing the tub and tiling in a bathroom, here are a few other things you can do to add some final touches and really revitalize the space:

  • Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls.
  • Replace the old outlet covers and fixtures.
  • Add new lighting features and/or window dressings.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate

Let us help you reclaim and renovate your home’s bathrooms. Contact us for a free estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Rethinking DIY Bathroom Updates: 5 Reasons to Not Do It Yourself

Remodeling and updating your bathroom can be quite the endeavor, especially if your updates will affect multiple bathrooms in your home. While you may have some experience doing home repairs and you think that DIY bathroom updates are the way to go, in this blog series, we will point out some of the reasons to reconsider doing it yourself and, instead, hire experienced professionals – like those at Colorado Tub Repair.

Here’s Why You May What to Reconsider DIY Bathroom Updates

1 – A lack of experience and time

Are you getting ready to start some DYI bathroom updates? If so, here’s what you should know before getting started. Contact us for experienced help refinishing tubs & tile.

Are you getting ready to start some DIY bathroom updates? If so, here’s what you should know before getting started. Contact us for experienced help refinishing tubs & tile.

Although you may be quite proficient at completing DIY projects, if you don’t do these projects regularly, you probably don’t have as much experience with them as a professional. What this, in turn, can mean is that it will probably take you a lot more time to finish DIY bathroom updates, particularly if:

  • You also work full time.
  • You can only work on DIY bathroom updates for discrete periods of time.

So, if you really just need the improvements to your bathroom – like bathtub repairs and/or tile refinishing – done right and quickly, hiring  a professional is generally going to be better than trying to do it yourself.

2 – Not having the right tools and/or materials

Another important thing to consider when you are contemplating DIY bathroom updates is whether you have the necessary tools and know what materials you actually need. In fact, if you don’t have the right tools (and you can’t borrow them), you will need to factor the costs of these tools into the overall budget of your project. This may end up eliminating any cost savings you were hoping to realize by doing these updates yourself.

Similarly, even if you do have the right tools, do you know what materials you need (and are best to use for your particular project)? If you don’t, then you should be aware that choosing the wrong materials (such as cheap or inappropriate materials) can also end up increasing the cost of DIY bathroom updates (as you may end up having to redo these updates far sooner than you would if you had trusted the project to a professional).

3 – Physical limitations/health reasons

One of the single most important reasons to hire a professional rather than proceed with DYI bathroom updates is that you want the job finished correctly the first time. Contact us for a free quote on refinishing tubs & tile.

One of the single most important reasons to hire a professional rather than proceed with DIY bathroom updates is that you want the job finished correctly the first time. Contact us for a free quote on refinishing tubs & tile.

DIY bathroom updates can require a lot of physical labor. So, if you have back or knee problems (or other health issues), it just may not be realistic or safe for you to try to complete DIY bathroom updates.

Additionally, even if you are in good health now, doing DIY bathroom updates could end up injuring you, as accidents can happen (especially when bigger remodel jobs are not being overseen by experienced professionals).

So, if health issues and/or the possibility of injuries are concerning to you, you may want to reconsider doing it yourself and hire a professional instead.

4 – Having other projects that need to be completed

Is your bathroom remodel the only home improvement project you want to complete? If not – and if you want your overall remodels done ASAP, hiring a professional will usually be far more preferable than trying to do it yourself.

In fact, when you retain the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair to help you repair bathtubs and complete other bathroom updates, we can work around other remodeling projects and/or help you schedule your bathroom updates appropriately (so that they occur after other improvements have been completed; this can help ensure your bathroom updates aren’t harmed/damaged by other remodeling plans you may have).

5 – Getting it done right the first time

Ultimately, one of the single most important reasons to hire a professional rather than proceed with DIYbathroom updates is that you want the job finished correctly the first time. If you don’t have experience with DIY bathroom updates, the chances that big mistakes will be made will increase significantly. This can end up meaning that you end up having to pay a lot more (and wait a lot longer) for your bathroom remodeling project(s) to be finished and to be finished right.

So, if the end result of your bathroom update is more important than actually doing the job yourself, contact Colorado Tub Repair today.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate

Let us repair the tubs, tile and/or countertops in your home. Contact us for a free estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

How to fix a cracked shower pan

There are a few options when it comes to how to repair a cracked shower pan. If you don’t know your options or do your research, you’ll be throwing money down the drain (pun not intended).
There 2 important things you need to find out first:

 

1. What caused the crack? (i.e. Did something heavy dropped/fell? Is it from regular use? Are they stress cracks?, etc.)

This information you would need to provide to your bathtub refinish specialist. How it cracked may determine the best option for repairing the broken surface.

2. Does the area surrounding the crack flexing? If you apply weight to the area, does it bend, bow or give?

No flex? EXCELLENT!! There is a very good chance this crack can be easily fixed.

If the area flexes under pressure, your shower pan doesn’t have the proper support underneath it. You would be shocked as to how many shower pans lack some, if not all, support when they were installed during construction. Now, there is a possibility that the shower pan can be salvaged  (by adding support) if the flexing area is approximately 1 foot in diameter. How is this done? The specialist will drill a hole (possibly even multiple holes) into the unsupported area or cut the area out, then apply a high density support foam. This support product will need to be special ordered. Avoid using the support foam you can find at a local general store. Those products will not hold applied weight for an extended period of time. The holes/cut out will then be filled with a water-proof filler and sanded flush. The whole area is then cleaned and prepped. The urethane acrylic color is matched to the existing color of the shower pan and sprayed in the needed areas or the whole shower pan can fully refinished; whichever is needed. TA-DA! (You may need to leave that surface alone for 1-3 days depending on the high density foam cure time.)

Now in our experience, if the flexing area is larger than a foot, replacing the shower basin is usually the best option.  You can still TRY to have a specialist repair it, but it may just be putting a band-aid on a broken leg. High density support foam will only do so much. Replacing may be your best/only option. Talk to a specialist, get an expert opinion, but be cautious. An honest bathtub refinish specialist will let you know is the salvage is worth pursuing. Don’t be taken advantage of. Do your research. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

 

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This shower pan crack was caused by standing weight. The lack of support underneath caused the shower basin to give when someone would stand in it. IMG_0261