A few frequently asked questions

Colorado Tub Repair, LLC has been invested in the refinishing industry for a decade, as of now. There several common FAQ that we have complied to help in your decision making.

 

  • If I get my bathtub refinished, what will I need to clean it with?

Bathtubs need to be refinished due to the use of abrasive and acidic cleaners. Dawn Liquid Dish Soap is the best product to clean a brand new tub with, let alone a refinished one. It will keep the new finish shiny while removing body oils and soap scum from the surface. Clean it regularly. If you allow dirt and grim to build up on the surface, you’ll have to use more aggressive cleaners. Those cleaners are what ate the surface of the bathtub in the first place.

 

  • I’m remodeling my bathroom. When’s the best time to refinish my bathtub?

Your bathtub refinish will be one of the last items you’ll want to complete in your bathroom. There are a couple reasons for this. One, dust. When the finish is applied, it causes static electricity. So any dust hanging in the air will want to stick to the new finish. Two, if your installing tile floors or any type of surround in the bathroom, that can be a messy job. Get all of that settled first then get your bathtub refinished at a finishing touch. TIP: Any grout lines that will meet the tub, leave ungrouted. Fill that final grout line after the tub has cured for a clean complete look.

 

  • How long will a refinish take?

Colorado Tub Repair, LLC refinishes take approximately 2-3 hours. If the bathtub has been refinished before, it can take and hour or so longer. After the technician leaves, you’ll need to leave it alone for ONLY 24 hours. After that period of time, use your tub as you usually do.

 

  • Will the refinish smell?

Yes. There is an odor when any refinish/repair is completed. It is not toxic. We were respirators and protective gear due to the fact that we are around the odor everyday. Your sensitivity to smell will determine on how the odor will affect you. Everyone is different. Some people have been able to work along side of us, others have had to leave the location for a few hours. Most individuals have found if they stay in another part of the home, the odor does not bother them. We do recommend those with asthma or pregnant to try to leave the location for a few hours. The odor will be strongest for the first few hours, then it will really die down for the rest of the 24 hour dry time.

Does a walk-in tub conversion make sense for my loved one?

When it comes time for a walk-in bathtub conversion for your parents to continue live independently in their Denver home, or needing to provide comfortable bathing arrangements for a loved one in there home after a surgery, it’s crucial to know your options. Individuals in this situation usually have either time or money restrictions…sometimes even both. Which can place you or your loved ones in a vulnerable position to certain salesmen. So hopefully this will help.

Investing in a brand new Walk-In Bathtub is, in our opinion, a little excessive. The tubs are the length of a standard bathtub, but are 37 – 47 inches high. These bathtubs are created for you to walk into, shut the water tight door and let the tub fill up, bathe, let the bathtub drain and then step out.

There are several concerns we have in this design. First, your bathing time just doubled, easily, if not tripled. You have to wait inside the 37”x60” tub to fill up before bathing and then have drain fully before you can open the door to get out. If there is an emergency of any sort and you need to escape the bathtub, all of the bath water would flood the bathroom. Creating severe water damage. Secondly, most residential water heaters do not hold 40+ gallons of HEATED water. You won’t have enough hot water to bathe in; hence, a chilly bath. Third, The cost for these tubs $5,000-$6,000 not including installation or an additional surround, which can add up to be drastically more. This option, we believe is taking advantage of individuals in these situations.

Another option for a bathtub conversion, is to remove the current bathtub and install a large shower pan. This would involve demolishing the bathtub in place, removing any or all tile within the surround, address movement of the plumbing for the future shower pan, install pan and shower door (more stable then a curtain for balance). Even though this option is decent, it still will take a lot more time then most are comfortable with. Plus, remodeling projects tend to have a hidden, unforeseen hold-up. This in of itself can be stressful, especially if you’re using multiple Denver contractors to complete the remodel. The cost for a remodel can still easily come to $3,000-$10,000. So doable, but not ideal.

What we have found to be the best option for Walk-In Bathtub Conversions is to alter the current bathtub by cutting a section out of the front wall that usually would be stepped over to enter the bathtub. Then install a “U” shaped step to be able to walk directly into the bathtub. These steps can even have a water tight door for bathing, if desired. You would still use the same amount of water, still have your bathroom as it is. This bathtub conversion can range $800-$1,300 depending on the needs and situation of the bathroom. The step is installed in a day and needs 3 days to bond to the bathtub. It’s a fraction of the cost, time and stress.