When interviewing professionals to refinish your bathtub – or do any other work on your home, asking certain questions can uncover more about each candidate’s experience, work product and services. Here are some of the most important questions to ask during this process so that you can find out who may be the right (or wrong) person for the job:
- What credentials do you have? – Make sure the contractor has the appropriate licensing, as well as insurance coverage.
- How long have you been in business? – Experience matters, so be sure to get a specific answer here. Established contractors will have the insight and knowledge to get the job done right, in the most efficient manner possible.
- Do you have examples of prior work I can see? – Ask to see before/after pictures or portfolios. Beware of a contractor who doesn’t have any prior work to show you.
- Do you have references I can call? – References can include prior clients, colleagues, etc. If references aren’t available, ask to see client reviews or feedback. Again, beware of contractors who can’t provide you with any reviews or references who can attest to the quality of their work and services.
- What types of materials do you use? – Answers provided to this question can speak to contractors’ experience (if they are – or aren’t – able to immediately list the materials), as well as the quality of their work product (if they aren’t using quality materials, the product won’t be quality either).
- What are you going to charge? – Get detailed quotes and compare them to industry rates. Find out what exactly you’ll receive for the price you’re paying, as well as whether any additional offerings (like warranties) are provided.
- Why are you the best choice for my project? – This can be a revealing answer, especially when you compare the answers given by different contractors. Quality professionals will have honest, compelling responses that go beyond simply “we’re the best.”
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Are you ready to refinish the bathtubs, tile and/or countertops in your home? If so, contact the Denver bathtub refinishing pros at Colorado Tub Repair for a free quote. Call (303) 908-8764 or email us using the contact form located here.
This month, we’ve been talking a lot about the do’s and don’ts associated with making bathroom spaces brighter. And while there are some more major things you can do to open up a dark, small bathroom, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to breathe fresh life into your bathroom and invigorate it with a more airy and spacious feeling.
In fact, if you are working with a small budget, here are some of the most cost-effective ways to enlighten a cramped, dull or lifeless bathroom:
- Add some small plants – Spots of green peppered throughout your bathroom can be an affordable way to brighten up any bathroom space.
- Pro tip: If you have limited counter space in your small bathroom, place the plants on the back of the toilet or consider hanging them on the wall. Also, consider getting small succulents, cacti or other low-maintenance plants that will stay green/bright with minimal care.
- Add more mirrors and/or reflective surfaces – Even just two or three well placed mirrors or reflective surfaces can make a smaller bathroom seem more dynamic and open.
- Pro tip: Try to place mirrors and reflective surfaces where they will catch and reflect the most light (including the natural light from windows). This can go a long way to brightening and opening up the bathroom space.
- Change the lighting and bulbs – Changing out lighting features – like sconce covers and bulbs (rather than replacing the entire fixture) – is another cost-effective way to alter the look and feel of a cramped bathroom space.
- Pro tip: Consider using lights/bulbs with dimming features so you can change up the lighting scheme in your bathroom at any point.
- Thoroughly clean the bathroom – Cleaning the dark nooks and corners in your bathroom, as well as the larger features like the tub and mirrors, can really make the room sparkle.
- Pro tip: Consider hiring professionals every month (or every other month) to give your bathroom and its windows a thorough cleaning. That can make it much easier to maintain a clean bathroom, as you may only need to do minimal cleaning to keep the bathroom looking sharp, shiny and bright.
Not Enough to Brighten Your Bathroom? Consider Refinishing the Tile & Tub for Some Extra Shine
When small changes aren’t having a big enough impact on a dull, outdated or stale bathroom space, it may be time to take the bathroom updates to the next level by refinishing the bathroom tile and/or bathtub.
Refinishing costs a fraction of the price associated with replacing tile and tubs, and it can be done within a few days (if not sooner). What may be even more appealing than those benefits, however, is the fact that you can extend the life of your tile and tub for well over a decade by refinishing them.
To find out how much it would cost to refinish the tile and/or tubs 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.
Enlarging a small bathroom space doesn’t mean that you have to knock down walls or change your home’s floor plan. In fact, with the right combination of design elements, you can make a smaller bathroom seem much more spacious that it actually is, creating an open, airy, welcoming feel for cozier bathrooms.
Here are some of our top tips for making the most out of the smaller bathrooms in your home:
- Opt for lighter paint or wallpaper – This doesn’t mean that you can’t go with a color. It simply means that the colors should be lighter shades that will make the room seem more open.
- Pro tip – Don’t forget about the ceiling and floors. A light bright ceiling and floor can enhance light walls and make the room seem even more spacious.
- Rely on multifunctional pieces – In smaller bathrooms, one of the best ways a piece can be multifunctional is to provide storage space in addition to the main feature or function.
- Pro tip – Consider what items you don’t really need to have stored in the bathroom and get them out. With minimal space in small bathrooms, it can be helpful to store bulkier items that may not be essential to keep in the bathroom (e.g., clean linens) in an area outside of the bathroom.
- Position scones and/or shelving higher up – Setting lighting, shelves and even pictures up higher in a small bathroom space will naturally draw the eye upward. This, coupled with lighter colors throughout the space, can further enhance the open and airy feel you are trying to create in a small bathroom space.
- Pro tip – Don’t be afraid to edit your own design and try out a few different schemes to figure out what you like best.
- Use light-colored bathroom accessories – Use lighter colored towels, shower curtains, floor mats/rugs, etc. in your bathroom, and place these accessories in strategic locations that won’t interrupt the flow or spacious feel of your bathroom.
- Pro tip – Consider getting an area rug with a simple pattern or bright colors to create the illusion of more floor space. A striped rug can easily do this if placed in the right region of a smaller bathroom space.
- Take the dressing off of the window – In smaller bathrooms, curtains or blinds over the window can really close off the space. So undress the bathroom room, and let the natural light in.
- Pro tip – Get your windows cleaned professionally on a regular basis to really maximize the natural light and enhance the bright, open feel of your bathroom.
Want to Take It to the Next Level? Try Refinishing the Tile & Tub
Refinishing the tile and bathtub in a small bathroom can be a game changer when you really want to open up and brighten a small space. What’ more is that refinishing tile and tubs is far cheaper than replacing them – and it can extend the life of these features for well over a decade.
To get a free quote for refinishing the tile and/or tubs in your home, call the Denver bathtub refinishing pros at Colorado Tub Repair today at (303) 908-8764. You can also click here or email us via this contact form.
When designing and/or decorating a small bathroom space, how that space is set up and decorated can make a big difference in the overall feel and look of the finished room.
Shedding some light on the best ways to construct and decorate small bathrooms, below we have pointed out some mistakes to avoid when designing – or redesigning – a cozier bathroom space.
With Small Bathrooms, Avoid…
- Covering the walls and/or ceiling with dark paint and/or wallpaper – Although dark colors can be dramatic and may go with the other rooms of your home, they can also make a small bathroom feel more enclosed and cavernous. So, opt for lighter, brighter colors with paint and/or wallpaper for your small bathroom.
- Covering or blocking the window(s) – The bright, natural light from a window is another element that can open up a small bathroom space. So, avoid putting up a window dressing (that can seem to shrink the window and reduce the light coming through), and avoid storing things on the windowsill (which can have the same effect as an overbearing window dressing like curtains or blinds).
- Forgetting about the storage needs and space – Storing your bathroom products, linens, etc. on countertops or shelving that takes up the bathroom’s floor space can make a small bathroom seem even more constricted. Instead, figure out a place to store these essential items where they will remain out of sight, off of countertops and/or off of the floor space. Vanities, medicine cabinets and appropriately placed shelving can be especially helpful to this end.
- Using Broadway-style lighting – The bright lights around a mirror (like theater dressing room lights) can be harsh, unflattering and unforgiving to a small bathroom space. Instead of this type of lighting scheme, try one is softer and will highlight the better features of the small bathroom. This can be achieved with a combination of overhead and side lighting.
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In small bathroom spaces, aging tile and tubs can be one of the biggest eye sores, making even the cleanest and well-designed small bathrooms seeming cluttered and unpleasant.
If this is the situation in one of your bathrooms and you are considering replacing the tile and/or bathtub, a better option can be to refinish the tile and/or tub, saving you time and money that can used on other areas of your bathroom update project.
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Yes – although the process can involve some different steps and/or products than are associated with refinishing jobs for acrylic, porcelain or fiberglass bathtubs, cast iron bathtubs can still be refinished to appear like new again. And refinishing cast iron (or any) bathtubs can save you a lot of money when compared to replacing the tub with a brand new one.
Overview of the Refinishing Process for Cast Iron Tubs
In general, the process of refinishing a cast iron tub will involve the following steps:
- The old caulk is removed from around the bathtub.
- A commercial cleanser is applied to the tub to remove any surface dirt, soap scum and/or grime.
- Once the tub is clean, the old enamel is removed.
- Then, the cast iron surface of the tub is rinsed and primed.
- Next, a new topcoat will be applied to the tub’s surface.
- The topcoat will be allowed to dry, after which the refinishing process will usually be done.
For more details about the specific steps and/or products that Colorado Tub Repair uses when refinishing cast iron (or other) bathtubs, contact us today. We’re happy to answer all of your questions about our methods, products and services.
Is it Time to Refinish My Cast Iron Tub?
This is a good question, and one that we get asked a lot. Generally, some of the more common signs that it’s time to refinish cast iron tubs include the following:
- The enamel surface covering the cast iron is starting to chip in certain places – Chipping can be a gateway for rusting, so fixing these eyesores ASAP is important on both a functional and visual level.
- Rust is developing in certain spots – Once you notice any rust on your cast iron tub, getting it refinished sooner rather than later is crucial to preventing further damage.
Contact Us for Affordable, Experienced Denver Bathtub Refinishing Services
Let us refinish the bathtubs, tile and/or countertops in your home. Contact us for a free quote today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
The holiday season is upon us. For many people, this means that it’s time to get presents for loved ones. For others, it may also mean that now is the time to start preparing their home for guests who will be visiting (or staying with) them at Christmas time.
If you are among those who will be welcoming holiday guests in your home this year, one the essential places that will have to be prepped will be the bathroom.
To help you get your bathroom ready, here are some essential bathroom beautification tips from hotel industry professionals.
How to Prep Your Bathroom for Holiday Visitors
- Start with cleaning – As simple and obvious as it sounds, thoroughly cleaning your bathroom is one of the best first steps to take when you are getting ready to welcome houseguests. A good cleaning should include scrubbing places that may not get cleaned in your day-to-day (or weekly) cleaning sessions, such as the tile grout, around the base of the tub/toilet and around lighting fixtures. Getting these commonly overlooked spots can significantly brighten up a bathroom.
- Update the lighting – If it’s been a while since you have replaced the light bulbs in your bathroom, now is the time to do so. And while doing this, consider getting different types of bulbs (or maybe even new lighting fixtures) to spruce up the look and feel of your bathroom.
- Get new linens – While this can simply be a new set of towels (bath and/or hand towels) for your guests, you can also take this a step further and replace the mat outside of your tub and/or around your toilet. If you really want to welcome your guests with luxury, you could also provide plush new bathrobes for them.
- Add some luxurious travel toiletries – Get some nice, travel-sized shampoo, soap and other toiletries to provide a hotel-esque welcoming experience. If you want to take this offering a step further, you could even customize these soaps/toiletries.
- Don’t forget the personal touches – Think about who your guests are and what else may enhance their comfort in your bathroom. For instance, if you will have elderly loved ones staying with you, installing a temporary grip to assist them in entering/getting out of the shower can be helpful. Or, if you will have younger guests, add a few festive bath toys (or travel bubble bath) to the bathroom. These personalized touches can warm your guests hearts as they see you have taken care to make them feel as welcome as possible.
Not Enough? Consider Refinishing the Tile and/or Tub in Your Bathroom
If the above tips are not sufficient to prepare your bathroom for guests, it may be time to refinish the tile and/or bathtub in your bathroom. Refinishing these elements can make them appear new for a fraction of the cost of replacement. And the process can be done within days so that you have minimal disruptions in your home as you prepare for the holidays.
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While time and daily use can wear down your bathtub and shower, it can also start to deteriorate the surroundings of tubs, causing tiles to come loose, colors to fade and the appearance to be less than appealing.
When you are ready to update the surrounding walls, here are the essential steps to take:
- Start with flat, structurally sound, clean walls – If the walls are not flat, glue down any loose tiles; if there are a lot of loose tiles, remove them, and cover the wall with water-resistant drywall.
- Prep the area around the walls – This includes laying down cardboard in the tub, putting plastic sheeting over the tub, and removing the showerhead, faucet handles and tub spout. If there is any shelving, racks or soap dishes on the walls that will be updated, remove these fixtures also.
- Sand the walls – As you do this, remember to wear eye protection, and remove any remaining sanding dust with a damp cloth to keep the surface clean.
- Measure out the materials to be applied – This step will vary according to the type of material you will be applying to your walls. If you will be updating with wall paneling, cut out the proper panel sizes with a circular saw or a router. Cut out holes for features you want to mount to the new walls (like soap dishes, towel racks, etc.).
- Apply silicon adhesive to the wall and start laying the materials – Apply the glue in a grid pattern, and firmly press the materials (panels/tile) to the wall.
- Install your decorative molding and let the adhesive set – Put up any decorative molding or trim if desired and let the silicon adhesive set for at least 24 hours.
What can really complement a new tub surrounding is a newly refinished bathtub. In fact, the combination of these updates can breathe new life into a bathroom, changing the feel of the room and making it far more attractive.
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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
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
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.
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When it comes time to update the look of your home and maybe even get it ready to put on the market, making the right improvements can generate big returns in terms of your property value. Knowing just what updates and changes to make, however, can be less straightforward, especially if the home is older and/or you are working on a budget.
Taking a closer look at this, this blog series will out some of the specific items in your bathroom that impact the value of your home. When you need the help of experienced professionals making the updates discussed in this blog series, contact Colorado Tub Repair. Our trusted professionals can give you a free, affordable quote on a variety of services, and we can get the job done right and on time – the first time.
Fixing these Items in Bathrooms May Increase the Value of Your Home
1 – A stained, chipped, old bathtub
If one or more of the bathrooms in your home have damaged, stained, chipped or just old bathtubs, these old tubs can bring down not only the entire look (and appeal) of a bathroom – but they can also lower the value of your home. In fact, what you should be aware of is that luxury fixtures, including bathtubs, can really make or break buyers’ experiences and impressions of homes.
While you can, of course, buy all new tubs to replace the damaged old ones, you should be aware that refinishing bathtubs can:
- Be significantly cheaper
- Restore the tub so that it looks new
- Prolong the life of the tub.
So, consider refinishing the older tubs in your home – it can have the same impact on the value of your home (and on potential buyers) while saving you a lot of money in the process.
2 – Damaged tile
Does your bathroom have tiled backsplashes, trims or even flooring? If so, what shape is this tile in? If the answer to the second question is “poor,” “old,” or “bad,” then dealing with this bad tile in your home’s bathrooms is another way you can improve the value and appeal of your home.
As with bathtubs, while you can just tear out the old tile and replace it with brand new tiling, refinishing may be a far better – and more cost-effective – option for you, particularly if you have a lot of damaged tile to deal with and you want to make some other improvements to your bathroom.
3 – The flooring
As you focus on improving your home’s bathrooms, the flooring is another important element to look at and consider for updates. When was the last time the bathroom floors were updated? Do they currently have water damage? Or are they uneven (because, for instance, areas are chipping or buckling)?
If the answers to the last two questions are yes, then updating your bathroom’s flooring is another way that you can increase the value of your home while increasing its appeal to potential buyers.
4 – The wall treatments
Just as damaged or unsightly floors can bring down the look of bathrooms – and the overall appeal of a home, so too can the wall treatments. How long has it been since the walls in your home’s bathrooms were painted or treated? Do these walls have any damage or do they just simply look dated?
If you are already going through the effort of refinishing your bathtub and/or bathroom tile, then taking the time to repaint (or otherwise update) the look of the walls can be one more step that generates big returns in terms of the look of your bathrooms, as well as the value of your home.
5 – The countertops
Do the bathrooms in your home have older, damaged and/or dated countertops? If so, this is another area that, if updated and improved, can add some value to your home. As with your tubs and tiles, your older countertops don’t have to be fully replaced by brand new counters; instead, you may be able to refinish these counters, saving you a lot of money while generating the biggest return on your investment.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate
When you are ready to find out more about refinishing the pivotal elements of bathrooms and kitchens, contact us. We can repair the tubs, tile and/or countertops in your home. For a free estimate, call (303) 908-8764 or click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
When you are ready to improve the appearance and durability of your home’s bathtubs, countertops and/or tile, choosing a bathtub and tile refinisher will be your focus – and your choice in this professional can make all of the difference in the results. In fact, if you end up making the mistake of choosing the wrong bathtub and tile refinisher, you could up doing more damage while spending a lot of money in the process.
To help you select the right bathtub and tile refinisher, in this blog series, we will point out some of the most important things to look for in the candidates you are considering. If, however, you don’t have time to do this research, you can be confident that you are working with the best Colorado bathtub and tile refinishers by contacting Colorado Tub Repair today.
Choosing a Bathtub and Tile Refinisher: Here’s What You Should Look For…
1 – Experience
As you start to screen various refinishers whom you may hire to help you with you with your home improvement project, one of the first things to look at is their experience. As you do this:
- Find out how long a professional and/or company has been in the refinishing industry.
- Be aware of how professional that company is. Does the company have professional marketing materials? An informative website?
- Talk to someone at the company to get a sense of how informed they are about the process.
Here, it’s also important to point out that checking out a professional’s/company’s experience when choosing a bathtub and tile refinisher can help you figure out which companies may be more “fly by night” (only around for a few months) so that you can avoid them. Not only will you not get any warranties with these companies, but you also will have no recourse if or when the poor quality of their work product becomes apparent.
2 – References/Reviews
The next step in choosing a bathtub and tile refinisher is to check out their references. While you can call a company and request some references (whom you can then call and talk to about the company), it’s usually easier to check out the testimonials for the company online. These references and reviews can provide some deeper insight to the quality of a company’s work, as well as the level of service they consistently provide.
3 – Portfolio/Examples of Past Work
Checking out a professional’s past work products in things like online galleries or even showrooms is another good idea when choosing a bathtub and tile refinisher. This is because it can give you some positive evidence of a company’s/professional’s work product and skills.
If a company or professional whom you are considering does not have any work samples to let you see, you should probably consider this a red flag, as it can indicate that the company or professional is inexperienced, unestablished and/or unreliable.
4 – Warranty
Does the professional or company offer a warranty?
- If so, ask about the terms of the warranty when choosing a bathtub and tile refinisher. Professionals who stand behind their work tend to offer longer warranties. However, beware of “lifetime” warranties, as these can be outright unrealistic when it comes to certain services/areas of your home.
- If not, this can be another red flag that you may not be dealing with an experienced, reputable or reliable company/professional.
Choosing a Bathtub and Tile Refinisher: Some Final Considerations
5 – Cost
Cost can be an important consideration, especially if you are on a budget and/or you have other home improvements to make. In these cases, it’s important to look for:
- Affordable rates – When choosing a bathtub and tile refinisher, good refinishers and refinishing companies tend to offer competitive rates. If you run into a refinisher on the higher end, take a closer look at what you are paying for; while you may be getting more for higher rates, you may also be dealing with companies that are not “dialed into” to the industry (and that, therefore, may not be the best choice).
- Quality of service – As with many things in life, with refinishing services, you get what you pay for. So, even if you are on a budget, you may want to steer clear of the bottom of the barrel estimates, as these may end up costing you WAY more in the long run (both in terms of having to pay to fix poorly done jobs and in your frustration and added stress).
6 – Processes/Products Used
Another key thing to look at when choosing a bathtub and tile refinisher is the types of processes and products they use. While these can vary depending on the specific type of service you need, you will generally want to select a refinisher who:
- Will not use general store paint or any epoxy on your home’s surfaces
- Has an accepted method for refinishing your tub/countertop/tile
- Can get the job done within a reasonable timeframe – For instance, an experienced refinisher who is using appropriate products and modern methods can finish a bathtub refinishing in 3 to 4 hours (after which the tub has to be left alone for 24 hours). If a refinisher is quoting a lot longer to do this job, beware, as this is professional is probably not experienced or reliable enough to do the job right.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate
For experienced, professional service repairing and/or refinishing the bathtubs, countertops and tile in your home, contact Colorado Tub Repair today by calling (303) 908-8764. You can also email us using the contact form located here. We provide free estimates, competitive rates and the highest quality services.