Once you have gone through the effort of having your tub refinished, taking care of your newly refinished tub can help you extend its life and get the most out of your investment. Here’s what our bathtub refinishing experts recommend when it comes to properly caring for a newly refinished bathtub.
Bathtub Refinishing: How to Care for a Newly Refinished Tub
1 – Wait a little bit before using the tub.
In fact, it’s best to wait 48 hours before using a newly refinished tub.
2 – Clean the tub after each use.
After the first 48 hours after the refinishing has passed and you are ready to start using your tub again, be sure to rinse it thoroughly after each use. This will prevent the buildup of soap scum and other debris.
3 – Do NOT use abrasive cleaners on your tub.
When you clean your tub more thoroughly (than just the rinse after use), avoid using any harsh or particularly abrasive cleaners that could start to deteriorate the refinish. For some recommendations on cleaners, contact our trusted bathtub refinishing professionals.
4 – Avoid using suction mats or stick-on, non-skid items.
Suction mats and stick-on items can damage the newly refinished surface of a tub. If, however, there are safety reasons for using mats while showering or bathing, be sure to remove the mat/stick-on items after each use of the tub (and before rinsing out the tub).
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Let us refinish your bathtub or help you breathe new life into your bathroom or kitchen. 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.
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.
Not very many know there is an alternative to ugly tile replacement. You have a bathtub tile surround that is in amazing shape. Installed in the 70’s or 80’s and still has the shiny new finish on it…..but it’s avocado green or canary yellow. YUCK! Do you really need to spend thousands to tear all that out and replace? Let alone work around the time required to complete that expensive project?
Get your ugly tile REFINISHED! Your tile is a perfect candidate for a refinish, just be sure your tile and grout are in good shape. What about fiberglass? Or cultured marble? Yep! Those too. You can change it to a classic white and match your sink or tub. Or even update the entire look of your bathroom with a classy multi-color finish. The refinish will make a drastic difference in your bathroom without the outrageous cost or time needed to complete it.
Before, a 1980’s mess of swirls…
After, a beautifully refinished bathtub!
More porcelain tubs are needing re-glazing every day, this is due to changes in the manufacturing process. When a cast iron or steel tubs are made, the tub is cast. A primer is applied and then the porcelain is baked on top. “They don’t make them like they used to” is true for this industry as well. Older tubs, pre-70/80’s tend to have a thicker layer of porcelain then recently made ones. These older models tend to last longer.
Have questions about how to make your new porcelain tub last longer? Commercial cleaners and bathmats/bath stickers will chew up a new porcelain tub quickly. We are refinishing tubs 2-4 years old since the porcelain is thinner and the aggressive cleaners are used regularly. Over time the brand new high-gloss finish looses it’s shine and dirt begins to collect in the pores, making it difficult to clean. The only way to address this is to buy a new tub or get it refinished.
In order for that refinish to adhere for as long as possible, the porcelain needs to be acid etched, primer-ed and surface with a urethane acrylic top coat. It can last 15+ years if the correct cleaners are used. At Colorado Tub Repair, we are happy to help with all of your Porcelain Tub Reglazing needs.
If it’s porcelain, fiberglass or even acrylic, a bathtub repair is an inexpensive alternative to replacing the entire tub. Chips & cracks? No problem. Scratches & stains? Fixable. Rust? We can remove it and repair the damaged area. Almond? Bone? No problem. It’s best if the surface has a shine to it. High gloss finishes will blend in beautifully. When a repair is completed professionally and correctly, anyone who looks/uses your bathtub and didn’t know the damage was there, will never even see it. The repair is dremeled, if necessary. Filled, sanded flush with the existing surface. Acrylic color is matched and sprayed. But if the appropriate materials are not used, the finish can peel quickly or even the filler can pop out. You have to got through each step and not skimp on the material, to be sure it lasts. The repair takes approximately and hour to complete, 24 hours to cure and you’re free to take a long hot soak, damage free.
When you’re considering your Bathtub Repair, DIY vs Professional comes into question. Many times we have been called in to fix a DIY job which ends up costing a homeowner more money than they would have originally paid to hire a professional (usually with quite a few more headaches as well.)
We have had over a decade of experience with do-it-yourself bathtub repair vs professional bathtub restoration. Here is what we have discovered.
DIY Bathtub Repair
- Incorrect material – Most DIY bathtub repair kits use weak chemical. We have repaired thousands of DIY kit attempts. Each repair will flake right off with a finger nail. That’s no way to repair a bathtub.
- Incorrect color – DIY kits have a standard color and the more expensive ones have a few extra drops to help shade the finish. Unless you are practiced in these colors, you’ll run out of the material before you get a accurate shade of color
- Inconvenient – Some kits require days to apply let alone cure. We have seen others, that have not been mixed just right, so they never fully cured. That resulted in a gummy finish that collected dirt.
- Cheap – DIY kits can cost about half the price of a professional, not including your time.
- No warranty
Professional Bathtub Repair
- Material – When your bathtub is correctly repaired, the professional will walk you through the details. Dremel (if necessary), filler, sand, primer, urethan acrylic top coat. When these steps are followed correctly, you won’t be able to flick it off with a finger nail.
- Color – A professional repair will blend in well, especially if the bathtub has a glossy finish to it still. For our repairs, if someone doesn’t knew the damage was there, they will never even see it. You think new homes are flaw less? Think again 🙂 New construction, even manufactures have their tubs repaired professionally if they are damaged on site.
- Convenience – Depending on the extensiveness of the repair, most are completed within a hour or so and take 24 hours to cure. Then you’re all set to use the tub as normal.
- Cost – Standard tub repairs are about double the cost of the repair kit. They rarely exceed $200.
You get what you pay for in Bathtub Repairs.
The Countertop refinishing vs Replacing debate is never-ending. On the refinishing side, having them resurfaced correctly can extend the life of that existing countertop by 10-15 years. There are several multi-color options that, when completed, will provide a quartz look without the extra cost. They are very durable and stain resistant. You can obtain seamless countertops while repairing existing damage to the surface (i.e. knife damage, burn marks and large chips)
Countertops that can be refinished
There aren’t many surfaces that can’t be refinished. Tile, laminate, cultured marble and Formica are the most common. Concrete and wood surfaces are able to resurfaced as well. Makes a drastic difference in our home. See for yourself!
Refinishing takes less time
Your bathroom and kitchen countertops can be completed in one day and need only 24 hours to cure. To replace countertops, assuming they are ready for you immediately (which is very rare), it can take a few days to a week to get them installed (assuming there aren’t any complications).
Refinishing costs up to 60% less than replacement
On average home owners save 30% – 70% on refinishing their existing countertops vs replacing them. As a standard point of reference, get multiple quotes of refinishing vs replacing. Compare warranties, durability, color and service.
Putting your house on the market and you have a little ugly chip in a bathtub? Did you just finish spending hours remodeling your bathroom and then just discovered a chip in a bathtub?
How discouraging. But never fear, you won’t need to “settle” with a chip or demolish the bathroom to get it taken care of. Get it repaired! We can fill the area with a waterproof strong filler, match the urethane acrylic color to the existing color of your tub and BAM!! All better.
Takes less than an hour and the repair blends right in. Anyone that walks into your bathroom, will never even know it was damaged. How do you think new constructions bathtubs look so good?
Give us a call!