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.

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.

Love Bathing in Your Tub: 4 Fun Bath Time Items that Won’t Kill Your Tub

Love Bathing in Your Tub: Fun Bath Time Items that Won’t Kill Your Tub

Love Bathing in Your Tub: Fun Bath Time Items that Won’t Kill Your Tub

Taking a nice, warm bath can be a joy for children and adults alike. While kids may love bath time because they get to play with water, for adults, baths can be a place to unwind, get some space and relax.

Regardless of why you and your family may love bath time, what you do and/or use during bath time may not be showing your bathtub any love. While we have previously pointed out some things to avoid using in tubs to avoid damaging them, below are some tub-friendly items (i.e., items that won’t damage your tub) that may help you (and your kids) love bath time just a little bit more… if that’s possible!

  1. Bathtub caddies – Want a place to put a book, a candle or even maybe a glass of wine while you enjoy a bath? Try a shower caddy that rests over the edges of your tub.
    • Pro Tip: Remove the caddy after every bath, and dry the edges of the tub where the caddy rested. This ensures that your tub’s surface will fully dry after each use.
  2. Dye-free bath bombs and bubble baths – Bubble bath doesn’t just have to be for your kids. Try adding some dye-free bubbles to your next bath session for some added luxury and fun.
    • Pro Tip: Rinse any residual bubbles out of the tub when the water finishes draining. This prevents the damaging buildup of soap scum.
  3. Stain-free bathtub coloring sets for kids – These allow kids to essentially color in the tub.
    • Pro Tip: Same as above – rinse any residual colors off of the tub and/or surrounding tile to prevent any discoloration.
  4. Floating bathtub LED lights – For children and adults, floating LED lights can add a new twist to bath time (and a whole new feel to the bathroom – especially if you turn down the overhead lighting).
    • Pro Tip: Remove these lights from the tub after each use. While these lights can present a falling hazard to the next unsuspecting bather, they may also trap water beneath them if you leave them in tub (and water trapped on the surface of your tub will damage it).

Show Your Tub Some More Love: Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today

If your tub is ready for some extra love, it may be time to refinish its surface, giving it a new look and life. To receive a free bathtub refinishing quote today, click here or contact us by calling (303) 908-8764. You can also email us using this contact form.

Love Your Home & Its Bathrooms: Avoid These 5 Tub Killers

Avoid These 5 Tub Killers to Keep Your Tub in Top Condition.

Avoid These 5 Tub Killers to Keep Your Tub in Top Condition.

The small touches you add in and around your tub can personalize your bathroom and enhance your bathing experience. Sometimes, however, these touches may also come with a downside – and that can be that they ruin the surface of your bathtub, causing stains, rust and other unsightly damage that reduces your tub’s shelf life.

To help you avoid this (especially in light of the fact that some of these tub killers are prominently featured on social media sites like Pinterest), here are some specific bath accessories and products to refrain from using in your tub.

  1. Acidic, abrasive or gritty cleansers – You may think that you are loving your tub back by aggressively cleaning it with caustic or gritty cleaners, including some “home recipes” for tub cleaners (like those that contain vinegar). Your tub may even glisten after you wash it with these harsh substances. The fact is, however, that these substances will damage the surface of your tub.
    • For a thorough cleaning that won’t damage your tub, use Dawn dish soap.
  2. Bathtub mats – These mats, which are fixed by suctions cups that stick to the bottoms of tubs, can trap water and soap scum beneath them. Overtime, this trapped water and grime can eat away at the surface of tubs. This causes the regions beneath the mats to become damaged far more quickly than the areas of the tub that are allowed to breath and dry between bathing sessions.
    • For slip and fall protection that won’t damage your tub, consider adding a safety grip and/or installing a walk-in tub conversion.
  3. Bathtub pillows and headrests – Also fixed by suction cups, these accessories can also be tub killers, accelerating the damage wrecked on your tub’s surface.
    • For head support when bathing, roll up a towel, and place it under your head and/or neck. Towels can be removed (and even used to dry the tub) when you are done bathing. And they won’t cause any extra damage.
  4. Any toys or accessories with suction cups – By now, it may be obvious: suction cups or anything that traps water and/or soap scum on the surface of a tub will ruin it. So, the real take away is to avoid any bathtub items with suction cups. This is a great way to show your bathtub some love!
    • For some extra fun or utility in the tub, opt for toys that can be removed after bath time, as well as shelving outside of the bathtub/shower area. Removing everything from the tub after bath or shower time allows for complete drying (another way to give your tub back some love!).
  5. Bathtub tints or colors – If these items are not specifically “stain-free,” don’t use them in your tub. They can discolor and stain your tub.
    • For extra luxury in the bath that won’t ruin your tub, go for some fancy, dye-free bubble bath or even rose petals.

Show Your Tub Some More Love: Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today

If your tub is ready for some extra love, it may be time to refinish its surface, giving it a new look and life. To receive a free bathtub refinishing quote today, click here or contact us by calling (303) 908-8764. 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.

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.