Home Updates for Empty Nesters: 3 Remodel Projects That Can Generate Big Returns for the Investment

Home Update Tips for New Empty Nesters

Home Update Tips for New Empty Nesters

Sending a child off to college or study abroad can be a bittersweet moment for parents. While it can mark an important milestone and achievement, it can also be the first time a child is living away from home for an extended period of time.

For new empty nesters, making some home improvements when children move out can be helpful to updating and reviving certain spaces in the home, allowing parents to make better use of them as living arrangements change and families enter a new chapter of life.

It can also be the key boosting a home’s value if empty nesters may be considering selling their home and downsizing in the coming months (or year).

Home Improvement Ideas for Empty Nesters

  1. Converting bedrooms into versatile spaces – With your children not living in your home for the next few months (or longer), consider converting their bedrooms into a useful space, like a home office, a home gym or an activities room. This room can double as a guest room (when kids come home for breaks or other guests visit). You may even want to consider adding versatile furniture to make this room easy to convert into a new space, based on your family’s evolving needs.
    • Note:  On average, home office additions to a house yield a roughly 40 percent return on the investment.
  2. Updating kitchen countertops – Refinishing the countertops and/or backsplash in your kitchen can go a long way towards updating the look and feel of your kitchen space. It can also be the ideal time to change up the floor plan of your kitchen and/or replace some of the aging major appliances. In fact, if you are only working with a limited remodel budget – and you may be preparing to put your home on the market, you may want to start your updates in the kitchen, which is one of the first spaces prospective typically buyers check out.
    • Note: Kitchen updates can yield as much as a 66 percent return on the investment (particularly if newer major appliances are added).
  3. Refinishing the bathtubs and/or bathroom tile – Just like newly refinished countertops and backsplashes can revive the appearance and feel of a kitchen, newly refinished tile and/or bathtubs can refresh the look and ambience of the bathroom space. When making these updates, it may also be a good time to consider adding in a conversion tub or other features (like shelving, cabinets, or privacy walls) to refine your bathroom space and make it more suitable for the people actually using it.
    • Note: With the right updates, bathroom remodels can yield a roughly 60 percent return on investment.

Let’s Talk about Updating Your Bathroom: 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, the Denver bathtub refinishing pros at Colorado Tub Repair are ready to talk about your needs and provide you with a free quote. Call (303) 908-8764 or email us using this contact form to speak to one of our experienced, trusted pros today.

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.

How to Install a Tub Grab Bar: 6 Steps

How to Install a Tub Grab Bar

How to Install a Tub Grab Bar

Adding a grab bar to your bathtub and/or shower can make it easier – and safer – to get into and out of the tub and to balance while bathing. While you can have a professional install one of these bars for  you, it’s also possible to install them yourself.

Here’s a simple guide to help those DIYers:

  1. Choose the spot for the grab bar. This should, ideally, be at least 30 inches above the floor and on an adjoining wall that is hollow (and not tiled).
    • Pro tip: Take note of the length of the grab bar as you are selecting a spot. This can facilitate the measuring process (and it may limit your choice in locations, depending on your current setup/décor).
  2. Use a pencil to mark out the location, and use a level to ensure the marks are placed appropriately.
  3. Drill the pilot holes. Then drill the bore holes, where the hollow wall fasteners will fit.
    • Pro tip: For the pilot holes, use a 3/16-in. carbide-tip bit. For the bore holes, use a 1 ¼ in. carbide-tip hole saw.
  4. Remove the paper from the adhesive on the wall fasteners, and press the fasteners into the holes.
  5. Turn the screw to the left to release the grab fingers, then tighten the screws into the fasteners.
  6. Mount the grab bar on top of the fasteners.
  7. Screw in the mounting screws, and cover them with the concealing parts (i.e., escutcheons).

Want to Make Your Tub Even Safer?

If so, consider adding a walk-in conversion that will prevent the need to have to step over the side of the tub. This can be a wonderful feature for:

  • Children
  • The elderly
  • Anyone with balance and/or mobility impairments.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Quote

Are you ready to enhance the safety of your bathroom via a walk-in conversion? Or do you want to refresh the look & life of your tub by refinishing it? If so, 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.

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.

4 Bath Safety Features We Can Install during or after a Bathtub Refinish

Bath Safety Features that Can Be Installed after a Bathtub Refinish

Bath Safety Features that Can Be Installed after a Bathtub Refinish

For elderly people, people with mobility issues and children, adding certain safety features in and around bathtubs can be essential to reducing the risk of harmful slip and falls in the bathroom.

Here are some of the most useful bathroom safety features that our refinishing professionals can install during or after a tile or tub refinishing:

  1. Conversion steps and doorsAdding conversion steps (with or without a door) to a newly refinished tub can eliminate the need to step over higher tub edges.
  2. Grab bars – Installing grab bars in and outside of bathtubs (as well as around toilet areas) can provide some extra support for those who may need it when entering or exiting tubs.
  3. No-slip linings – After refinishing a tub, our pros can also add no-slip linings to tubs, providing more traction during shower and bath time.
  4. Safety seats in tubs – For individuals with weak or impaired leg muscles, adding safety seats in tubs and showers can be another option for enhancing bathroom safety and minimizing falling risks.

Other items that can promote bathroom safety by reducing the risk of slip and falls include (but are by no means limited to):

  • No-slip rugs – Add these around tubs, toilets and sinks where water can pool up.
  • New shower doors or curtains – If it’s been some time since you have replaced the door or curtain on your shower, doing so can help prevent water leakages from showers.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Are you ready to install some safety features in or around your tub? Or are you looking to update the look and feel of your tub via bathtub refinishing?

If so, contact the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair today for a free quote. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or request an estimate by clicking here. You can also send us an email using the contact form located here.

Top 4 Benefits of Conversion Steps & Doors for Tubs

Adding conversion steps to bathtubs can be an effective way to prevent dangerous slip and falls, especially for the elderly, people with mobility issues, and even small children.

Top Benefits of Conversion Steps & Doors for Tubs

Top Benefits of Conversion Steps & Doors for Tubs

If you are considering installing conversion steps for your home’s bathtubs, here are some of the top benefits you can enjoy if you move forward with this safety enhancement:

  1. An easier time getting into/out of tubs – Instead of having to step over the high sides of bathtubs to get into the tub/shower, conversion steps and doors allow people to more easily enter and exit their bathing area. For people with balancing and/or mobility issues, this means added security, as the risk of losing their balance, slipping and falling (in or outside of the tub) can be significantly reduced.
  2. No loss in functionality of the tub – Along with providing safety benefits, conversion steps and doors can also preserve the functionality of tubs themselves, allowing people to still enjoy baths (as the door can be closed, holding in water during bath time).
  3. Cost savings – When comparing the costs of installing conversion steps and doors versus replacing tubs/surrounds with shower pans, conversion steps and doors are far more affordable, as the existing features can remain in place. This can allow people to invest in some additional safety features, like grab bars or shower seats, enhancing their overall bathtub and bathroom safety.
  4. An updated look for the bathroom – Conversion steps and doors can be customized to match various colors and décor, and these features can be added during/after the bathtub refinishing process. This can end up meaning that, by investing in the safety of your bathroom, you also get the benefit of an updated, clean, refreshed look in your bathroom.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Are you ready to install conversions steps and doors in your bathroom? Or are you looking to update the look and feel of your tub via bathtub refinishing? If so, contact us today 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 3 Dangers Lurking in Your Bathroom & How to Avoid Them

Biggest safety risks in bathrooms and how to avoid them

Biggest safety risks in bathrooms and how to avoid them

Accidents at home are fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Home Safety Council. And while accidents and injuries can occur anywhere in a home, kitchens, stairways and bathrooms tend to be the riskiest places for people.

To help you stay safe and avoid a home or bathroom accident, here’s a list of the things in bathrooms that tend to create the most prominent safety threats, along with tips on how to mitigate and avoid these risks.

Top Bathroom Safety Risks

  1. Water – While flowing water is an essential feature of bathrooms (in showers/tubs, sinks and toilets), it is also one of the leading dangers, as water can easily get to places where it should not be. And this can create serious falling hazards. For instance, leaky pipes, poorly fitting shower doors and even the buildup on condensation (following a hot shower, for example) can all cause water to pool up on floors, increasing the risk of slipping and falling.
    • Safety tip: Add nonskid rugs outside of the shower/tub, as well as around the sink and toilet. If water regularly leaks from the shower or tub, consider replacing features that are contributing to the leaks (such as the poorly fitting shower door or the older curtain).
  2. Soap residue – Body washes, shampoos, conditioners and other products are commonly used during shower and bath time. These products, however, can leave behind residues (i.e., soap scum) that can create a dangerous, slippery layer in tubs. And this slippery layer can, again, increase the risk of slip and falls.
    • Safety tip: After every shower or bath, be sure to rinse the tub area so that slippery soap scum won’t build up. On a regular basis, do a more thorough cleaning of your tub (with non-caustic cleansers that won’t eat away at the tub’s lining). If slipping the tub is a big concern, consider having a no-slip liner installed by the professionals at Colorado Tub Repair.
  3. Lights and glares – Although bright lights and white, glittering surfaces in a bathroom can be the picture of clean and perfection, they can also create a safety hazard for some people, especially those who may have vision or balancing issues.
    • Safety tip: Soften up the lighting and/or color scheme in your bathroom if lights/glares present a risk to anyone in your home. You can also install additional safety features like grab bars to assist those who may have mobility issues and/or balancing problems.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

Are you ready to add some safety features – like conversion steps or grab bars – to your bathroom? Or is it time to update your bathtub via refinishing? If so, 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.

5 Facts to Know about Walk-In Tub Conversions

Are you considering converting your bathtub into a walk-in tub? Or do you have family members who regularly have accidents getting in and out of a traditional bathtub/shower unit?

If so, here are some facts you should know about walk-in tub conversions.

Walk-In Tub Conversions: Here’s What You Should Know

1 – Walk-in tubs are ideal for those with mobility limitations.

Walk-in tub conversions can offer various benefits, including possibly increasing the value of your home. Contact us today for a free quote on converting your tub to a walk-in unit.

Walk-in tub conversions can offer various benefits, including possibly increasing the value of your home. Contact us today for a free quote on converting your tub to a walk-in unit.

In fact, walk-in tubs eliminate the need to lift one’s leg to have to step over the edge of a tub or shower unit. For those with mobility issues, including people with physical impairments and/or the elderly, this can be crucial to prevent falling accidents and potentially serious injuries.

2 – Walk-in tubs tend to come with anti-slip features.

Another way important feature of walk-in tubs is the anti-slip features they tend to come with. This is because the risk of falling for some people may not end once they are in the tub; moving around and trying to bathe oneself can end up causing people to slip and fall (and this, again, could be very risky to some, especially those who are aging and are more fragile).

Common anti-slip features in walk-in tubs include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Handrails
  • Textured pads
  • Seats within tubs.

3 – Walk-in tubs eliminate the need for potentially dangerous sliding shower doors.

With walk-in tubs, a swinging, sturdy door typically replaces the traditional sliding shower door. This can be essential for people who may lean on these doors for support and stability while bathing (as the sturdy door of a walk-in tub can stand up to some leaning while a sliding shower door usually won’t).

4 – Walk-in tubs can come with fast-draining features.

This, in turn, means that less water ends up on the floor around these tubs, further reducing the risk of dangerous slip and falls for those with mobility issues.

5 – Walk-in tubs can increase the value of a home.

Depending on where your home is situated, replacing a traditional bathtub/shower unit with a walk-in tub may end up adding value to your home. For instance, walk-in tub conversions can be especially appealing (and more valuable) when homes are located near or in retirement communities.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Estimate

Are you ready to get a free quote on converting your tub to a walk-in unit? Or are you ready to refinish the tubs and tile in your home? If so, contact us today for a free estimate by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.

Bath and Shower Safety – how to avoid a slip and fall accident in your bathroom.

It never a fun topic, but today we are going to be discussing slip and fall injuries in the bathroom…  Why are we going to play debbie downer and talk about this?  Because it’s important and the statistics are pretty grim.

“Older people(65 and older) typically have greater difficulties with mobility, vision and balance making them more likely to fall or slip which accounted for 79% of bathroom injuries for this demographic,”

“Over a third of the elderly required hospital admission following a bathroom incident. 540,000 slip-fall injuries, requiring hospital care, occur in North America each year.”

We want to keep you (and your loved ones) safe, so let’s look at ways to reduce your odds of having a slip and fall injury.

Non-flooring related options

Grab Bars – These may be installed vertically, horizontally, or diagonally (see photo below) depending on the type of tub or shower, and the bathing preferences of the customer.

Shower Seat – this can be gam changing for people with mobility issues, there are a variety of materials from natural woods to non slip plastics, and they fold up very nicely as well, so the option of bathing is not eliminated.

Here’s a great example a shower that has been converted to minimize the risk of falls, we have a grab bar, converted walk in tub, shower seat, and textured floor (all of which we can install for you!)

Tub converted to minimize slip and fall injuries.

Tub converted to minimize slip and fall injuries.

Flooring – In our decade of experience, we have experienced several flooring options. Sadly, most of them are not that great of options. But we will discuss each one along with the pros and cons.

Bathmats – A bathmat can provide good quality support on an existing slippery surface. Two kinds are made: one with suction cups, one without.

  • The bathmat withOUT the suction cup on the bottom work well, but every now and again it may scoot around on the bathtub surface. So be mindful of that. After each use, you’ll need to remove the bathmat. Water that sits under that mat will etch into the bathtub surface, causing it to become harder and harder to clean. This Bathmats can be a little more tricky to find, but are recommended over the alternative when it comes to the life of your bathtub.
  • The bathmat WITH the suction cups tends to be a preference among our customers, but is one of the worst non-slip surfaces to use. The suction cups give consumers peace of mind when it comes to slipping, but the suction cups quickly destroy the bottom of any bathtub. Again, the water under the suction cups (in a concentrated area with trapped air) along with any under the mat Itself, etch into the tub. Applying weight to that suction cup area, forces the compressed air and water aggressively a crossed the surface of the bathtub, causing the water to etch into the bathtub. (Think about it, water carved the Grand Canyon, what do you think it’s doing when it’s trapped in the top of you bathtub surface) “I’ll remove it after each use.” It’s a thought, but the constant pulling of that suction cup pressure several times daily does just as much damage.
bathmat and decal damage

This tub was destroyed by bathmats and the decals.

Stick On Bath Decals – The concept for bath decals is a dud. It’s basicly, sticking stickers on a slick surface that experiences constant water. Most of the negative comments made by consumers address the difficulty in getting the decals to stick. If your lucky enough to get them to stick, know after you remove them, you’ll need to get your bathtub refinished. The decals imprint the on the tub; when removed the decal is still seen in the bathtub floor. The only way to repair this is to refinish the tub.

Decals imprint on bathtub finish

Decals imprint on bathtub finish

Non-Slip Surface added to bathtub – This is the best option for avoiding a slip and fall, in our opinion. It’s built into the finish. It doesn’t need to be addressed after every use, like you would with a bathmat. There are fine granules, smaller than sand, that are mixed into the primer and placed in a uniformed patterned on the bottom of your bathtub. Primer is then sprayed and then the top coat. It creates great traction, but not enough to where laying in the tub for a bath won’t be uncomfortable. Regular cleaning will be required with this option. The small textured surface is rough and can collect dirt if it’s not cleaned regularly.

 

Please be smart about a bath and shower safety. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.