Choosing the Right Bathtub Refinishing Pros: 7 Questions to Ask before You Hire a Pro

Choosing the Right Bathtub Refinishing Pros: Questions to Ask before You Hire a Pro

Choosing the Right Bathtub Refinishing Pros: Questions to Ask before You Hire a Pro

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:

  1. What credentials do you have? – Make sure the contractor has the appropriate licensing, as well as insurance coverage.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”

Contact Our Denver Bathtub Refinishing Pros for a Free Quote

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.

How to Avoid Getting Burned by Your Home Contractor: 8 Signs that a Contractor May Be a Con

Signs a Contractor May Be a Con

Signs a Contractor May Be a Con

Hiring professionals to work on your home can be a tricky process. While there are plenty of reputable contractors out there who do good work, there are also plenty of inexperienced, unethical and just plain shady people who are looking to make a quick buck.

To make sure that you don’t get conned by the next pro you hire, here are some important red flags to look for when you’re getting ready to retain a home contractor.

Be suspicious of contractors who:

  1. Won’t show you their credentials – This is a big red flag, as any pro with a good reputation will have no problem providing copies of their credentials (and insurance coverage) upfront.
  2. Lack any reviews – This can be a sign of little to no experience. It may also indicate that an individual (or company) has popped up overnight. Hiring unestablished pros or businesses can be risky, as you can be gambling with the quality of work.
  3. Have bad reviews – The only thing worse than no reviews is poor reviews. And while a pro or company may have one or two less-than-favorable reviews, beware of any individual (or company) that has more bad than good reviews.
  4. Don’t have portfolios of work to show you – Examples of the prior work a pro or company has done can speak volumes about the quality of services they provide – and their confidence in being able to do the same for you. So, beware of any pro or business that doesn’t have a portfolio to share with you.
  5. Pressure you into hiring them ASAP –Take high-pressure tactics as a bad sign. High-quality, experienced professionals will let their work, reviews and portfolio speak for themselves, rather than using sneaky or high-pressure tactics to try to close the deal.
  6. Try to sell you on items you don’t want or need – The oversell can be a red flag that a contractor is not honest and is only focused on profit (rather than providing quality work and services). Hiring a less than honest contractor can mean that corners get cut, you end up with a shoddy product and/or you end up paying way more than you should for what you get.
  7. Ask for payment without a contract – If you don’t have a contract, it’ll be difficult to know exactly what you’re paying for – and what you can expect to receive. Contractors who push you for payment without providing a service contract can end up providing the minimum (if any) service.
  8. Give you a bad feeling – Always trust your instinct. After all, the contractor you hire will be in your home, possibly for days (or longer). If you get a bad feeling when meeting with a contractor for the first time, trust your gut, and look for a different professional.

Contact Our Denver Bathtub Refinishing Pros for a Free Quote

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.

4 Small Changes that Can Brighten Up a Bathroom in a Big Way

Small Changes that Can Brighten Up a Bathroom in a Big Way

Small Changes that Can Brighten Up a Bathroom in a Big Way

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

5 Effective Ways to Brighten Up a Small Bathroom Space

How to Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom Space

How to Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom Space

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

4 Décor & Design Mistakes to Avoid with Small Bathrooms

Décor & Design Mistakes to Avoid with Small Bathrooms

Décor & Design Mistakes to Avoid with Small Bathrooms

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Want to Open Your Small Bathroom Up Even More?

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.

Get a Free Denver Bathtub Refinishing Quote Today: Contact Us

Let us refinish the tile and bathtubs 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.

Top 3 Most Common Bathtub Refinishing Mistakes

Most Common Bathtub Refinishing Mistakes

Most Common Bathtub Refinishing Mistakes

When you are ready to refinish a bathtub and update its look, the first choices you make in process – whether to do it yourself and, if not, who you’ll hire to oversee the project – can be crucial to the outcome of the project.

That’s because if you decide to do the refinishing project on your own (and you don’t have experience refinishing tubs) or if you hire an inexperienced professional, it’s far more likely that mistakes will be made and that the bathtub refinishing project will end up:

  • Costing more and taking longer to finish
  • Leaving you with less than glowing or stellar results.

To help you make your upcoming bathtub refinishing project a success, below we have identified some of the most common and costly pitfalls that can upset a bathtub refinish:

  1. Cutting corners on the preparation process – The proper preparation is an essential foundation for a good bathtub refinishing job. To properly prepare a tub to be refinished, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned (including the faucet and associated fixtures); then sanded down (to remove the fine dirt particles); and then cleaned again (to remove any residual sanded down debris). Additionally, the old caulking needs to be removed, and plastic sheeting should be carefully set up around the tub (to protect the surround/other features in the bathroom).
  2. Using the wrong products for the refinishing process – Here, we are referring to both the products applied to the tub (e.g., the cleansers, primers, enamels, etc.) and the items used to apply those products to the tub (e.g., the rollers, brushes, etc.). The biggest mistake in using low-quality products is that they will never produce results that look as good as moderate- to high-quality products, and that can mean that you set yourself up for poor results (regardless of the other care or effort you put into the project) when this mistake is made.
  3. Not letting the tub completely dry between refinishing stages – This mistake usually arises from haste to get the job done and/or a lack of understanding about the importance of the drying phase. When the bathtub is not allowed to fully dry between refinishing stages, there’s a far greater chance that the primer and/or enamel coats will not properly adhere to the tub’s surface. While this can make for an unsightly result, it can also prevent the final stages from being completed (if enough moisture remains on the tub’s surface).

Avoid these Bathtub Refinishing Mistakes: Contact Us for Experienced Denver Bathtub Refinishing Services

Let our trusted professionals refinish the bathtubs, tile and/or countertops in your home in less time (and for less money) than you think. 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.

Can Cast Iron Tubs Be Refinished?

Refinishing Process for Cast Iron Tubs

Refinishing Process for Cast Iron Tubs

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:

  1. The old caulk is removed from around the bathtub.
  2. A commercial cleanser is applied to the tub to remove any surface dirt, soap scum and/or grime.
  3. Once the tub is clean, the old enamel is removed.
  4. Then, the cast iron surface of the tub is rinsed and primed.
  5. Next, a new topcoat will be applied to the tub’s surface.
  6. 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.

4 Reasons to Use Your Tax Refund to Refinish Your Tub

Reasons to Use Your Tax Refund to Refinish Your Tub

Reasons to Use Your Tax Refund to Refinish Your Tub

Spring is a great time to get rid of the old and welcome the new. If you have owned your bathtubs for more than 10 years or so – and they are starting to look damaged, worn and dirty, refinishing your tubs, rather than replacing them, can be a cost-effective way to get rid of the old look and spruce up your bathrooms for spring while making your dollars go as far as possible.

In fact, if you have (or are expecting) a tax refund and you are focused on investing that money effectively to improve your home, here are some of the top reasons to consider using those funds to refinish your bathtub:

  1. Refinishing your tub is a cost-effective way to update the look of your bathroom – In fact, while a bathtub refinishing can make the surface of a tub look like new again, it can also involve updating the color of the tub (and the surrounding tile). This can give a bathroom an entire new look and feel, effectively providing the benefits of a remodel for a fraction of the cost.
  2. Refinishing tubs is far cheaper than replacing them – And that can end up meaning that more of your refund (or renovation budget) can go towards other things, like replacing the sink/vanity, getting new lights and/or switches, purchasing new linens, etc.
  3. Refinishing a tub can extend its life for years – Actually, refinishing your tub can add at least 10 years to its life, making this a great long-term investment.
  4. Refinishing your tub and updating your bathroom can increase the value of your home – And if you are thinking about putting your home on the market soon, this may be the most important reason to refinish your tub, rather than replace it.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Quote

To find out how much it will cost to refinish the bathtub(s) in your home, contact the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair today to receive a free quote. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or simply click here. You can also email us via this contact form.

How to Spruce Up Your Bathroom in Less than 15 Minutes

How to Clean a Bathroom in Less than 15 Mins.

How to Clean a Bathroom in Less than 15 Mins.

While the Spring season can be a good time to thoroughly clean the bathrooms in your home, you may not necessarily have time for careful bathroom cleanings. And when time is limited – like when you may be preparing for Easter guests to visit, having a quick clean-up fix for your bathrooms can be invaluable, cutting down your stress levels as you get ready.

So, here are some essential quick-fix bathroom cleaning tips that can help you get your bathrooms ready for visitors in less than 15 minutes:

  • Remove the garbage and put away the clutter – First and foremost, get rid of any garbage, clothing or other items that are thrown on the floors, lingering around the sink/tub, etc. This can be a good task for children to help with as you get ready for the next step, which is to…
  • Rinse & wipe down the tub and sink – If spraying the tub and sink with water and wiping them down is not removing the unsightly dirt, soap scum and other debris, use a sponge and some non-abrasive dish soap (like Dawn) to more effectively clean these areas.
  • Do a quick toilet cleaning – This doesn’t have to take long and generally involves adding soap the toilet bowl, letting it sit for a moment, and then giving it a flush.
  • Wipe down the mirror(s) – A quick mirror wipe down can really spruce up a bathroom, and it may even reveal some other dirty spots that you want to pay attention to you before you wrap up your quick cleaning.
  • Vacuum or sweep the floor – And don’t forget to get behind the toilet, in the corners, behind the bathroom door(s), and other places where dust and debris can easily build up.

A Few Pro Tips to Help

  • Keep all of your bathroom cleaning supplies together, preferably in a caddy so you can get to cleaning (and finishing it up) ASAP.
  • Make these quick cleanings a habit. The more often you do them, the faster they can go (as there will be less built up mess/dirt to have to deal with if you are regularly removing it).

Ready for a Longer-Term Solution? Contact Us for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

When cleaning your bathroom is not enough to mask an old, damaged tub, it may be time to consider refinishing your bathtub to give a fresh look and new life.

For a free bathtub refinishing quote from the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair, call (303) 908-8764 or click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

An Essential Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is just around the corner, and for many people, that means it’s time for some serious spring cleaning.

While you may have big plans to get various parts of your home in order this year, if your spring cleaning will involve your bathroom, here is a helpful checklist to use when you are ready to get started.

Bathroom Spring Cleaning: What to Do

  • Get rid of the garbage – In addition to the garbage in waste baskets, remove other garbage that may be lingering in drawers or cabinets, on shelves, etc. A good rule of thumb to follow when you are wondering whether to throw something away or not is to get rid of it if you have not used in within the past 8 months.
  • Get rid of the clutter – Lots of things that don’t necessarily belong in the bathroom can end up getting stored there over time. So, take a critical look at the items in your bathroom and decide whether they actually need to be there (versus whether they can be stored in a roomier, more appropriate place in your home).
  • Replace old, stained linens – If it’s been more than a few years since you have replaced the linens (e.g., towels, rugs, etc.) in your bathroom – and if these items are stained and/or get a lot of use, now’s the time to replace them.
  • Shake out and/or wash rugs and/or shower curtains – For the rugs by your tub, around your toilet and/or by your vanity – as well as for other items like shower curtains, take them outside, shake them off and then wash them (according to the manufacturer’s instructions). A simple washing can really brighten up these bathroom features.
  • Carefully clean the tub, sink and toilet – And do so using non-abrasive, non-caustic cleansers so that you are effectively removing the dirt without damaging the surfaces of these features.
  • Carefully clean the other fixtures – Other smaller features to clean can include (but may not be limited to) the faucets, the shelves, the mirrors, the light switches, etc.
  • Don’t forget about the ceilings and corners – Using a duster with a handle, be sure to clean the dust bunnies and other dirt that has accumulated in the corners and/or around the ceilings of your bathroom(s).

Ready to Take Your Spring Cleaning to the Next Level? Contact Us for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Quote

While the above checklist can help you thoroughly clean your bathroom, there may be little you can do to spruce up an old, unsightly tub that is showing years of water damage.

If you are to take your spring cleaning to the next level and refinish the bathtub in your home, contact Colorado Tub Repair today for a free bathtub refinishing quote.

You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or simply click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.