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1) Determine your bathroom project goals.

Does your bath or shower area need some work? If so, this should be the priority. Like any project, dividing and conquering may be the best way to proceed to maintain your budget. Consider the priorities of your project and do the “needs” first. Choices range from a simple bath makeover to a full bathroom remodel. It is CRITICAL to make this decision BEFORE determining your budget.

2) Determine your budget.

Determine your bathroom remodel’s budget ahead of time. Be realistic. If you want your bathroom to have a high-end look with all the benefits of the latest in bathroom materials, expect to spend a premium. These materials are superior, therefore they command a premium. Depending on the size of your bathroom and the scope of the remodel, complete bathroom remodels typically cost anywhere from $5,000 to $8,500. Determine your budget and get a quote for the job’s priority and if you have money to do everything you want, by all means, do it!

3) Create a short contractor list.

Choose two to three contractors and research each one both online and in person. Only consider contractors that are licensed and bonded. Licensing is the first level of assurance that you’re dealing with a serious, legitimate business. You’re hiring someone to rebuild one of the most important rooms in your house. Moreover, you’re entrusting these people to come into your home, so do the due diligence to make sure this contractor is the right one for you. Remember, any contractor is only as good as his last job.

4) Get several quotes.

Talk to several contractors; get several quotes. Often customers think this is good to do to get the best price. It is prudent to get a price quote, but in addition to the price, it’s very helpful to meet the people who work for the company – both the consultant that gives you the quote and the people in the office. Also, stop by their office if you can. This will help you determine which contractor you will feel best hiring.

5) Figure out who works for the company and what their values are.

You will be relying on this company to remodel the most used room in your house. They may have a great looking web site, but you are not looking for someone to design a good web site, you want a great bathroom! Bottom line? A great web site does not make a great contractor. Company like these, are great marketers, not necesarily great contractors.  

6) Pricing is not the only consideration when choosing a Bathroom Remodel Contractor.

Remember the old adage; you get what you pay for? Whether you’re getting a new acrylic bath liner installed or replacing the vanity, flooring, and fixtures, quality work is not always the cheapest work.

7) Determine your style preferences.

Are you looking for a purely functional bathroom or do you want to add some style to it as well? Do you want a bathroom to look great, last forever, or both? Who will be using the bathroom and how much use will it get? These are all considerations that need to be accounted for.

8) Check references.

Ask the company you’re considering for references. Additionally, check social networking sites for user reviews. Bear in mind, online reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt. Do not rely solely on Yelp. This company has been criticized for questionable business practices and is currently being sued. Also look at other online reviews; Google Places, Yahoo, Merchant Circle, and others.

9) Ensure effective communication.

Some contractors employ help that are not native English speakers. As your bathroom project gets underway, you may have questions about certain aspects of the job. Being able to effectively communicate with the workers in your home is essential. Check with the contractor you are hiring to make sure his workers speak the same language you do. Being able to communicate with the workers in your home is essential!

10) Ask project-related questions.

After we sign the contract, when will you start? Do not accept a vague answer. A qualified contractor will give you an exact date, if you need it. You should also ask questions like: How long will it take? Will my bathroom be able to be used during the job? How will the job proceed; what are the steps from beginning to end?

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Bathtub Refinishing

A Temporary Solution to a Permanent Situation

 

Many people consider bathtub refinishing or “re-glazing” as a solution to repairing their old and worn tub. What people often times do not realize, is that there are severl advantages and most importantly, disadvantages to bathtub refinishing. Here are a few advantages and disadvantages to bathtub re-glazing customers should consider before having bathtub refinishing done.

Advantages

 

Disadvantages

 

Relatively inexpensive

Looks good for the 1st year

Many colors choices

 

Chips easily

Degrades quickly after the first year

Bath mats remove the painted surfaces

Slippery, can be dangerous

Susceptible to mold

Porous, stains easily

Paper thin finish

 

 

Alternatives to Tub Refinishing

Bathtub Replacement

Removing the old tub and installing a new one is often the best solution for a lifetime repair. For instance, when the tub is cracked and made out of fiberglass, replacing the tub is the best choice for bathtub that will last the lifetime of the home.

Bathtub liner

A bathtub liner is literally a liner that follows the contour of your existing tub. Made from high tech acrylic, a tub liner fits over your old tub, with the added benefit of reduced cost over a tub replacement and the longevity of a high tech material that looks great and lasts a lifetime.

Though the upfront cost to a tub replacement is greater than refinishing, the cost over the life of the tub, is *much* less. A tub liner will cost right around $990, thus it is roughly three times the cost. But is it? Let’s look at the costs over 10 years:

 

Bathtub Cost Comparison

Re-glazing

Tub Liner

Tub Replacement

Year 1

$300.00

$1170.00

$1,700.00

Year 3

$300.00

$0.00

$0.00

Year 6

$300.00

$0.00

$0.00

Year 9

$300.00

$0.00

$0.00

$1,200.00

$1170.00

$1,700.00

 

Conclusion

An acrylic liner has the benefits exceeding that of a metal tub with the cost savings of a liner. With a lifetime warranty, the choice is clear, an acrylic liner offers the best choice in bathtub replacement.

1. One day Install

24 Hour Bath can install your bathroom in one day with no inconvenience to you! Typical tile or bath renovations can take days or even weeks, leaving you without a bathroom. Acrylic bath liners can be installed in hours and used the same day! 

2. Less Cost Than a Complete Bathroom Remodel

A complete bathroom remodel requires can cost tens of thousands of dollars -- a complete bath liner system is a fraction of the price, yet offers many of the benefits of a complete remodel. Typical acrylic bath system includes; new tub, new fixtures and new backing. All the elements that draw the eye when walking into a bathroom! Acrylic liners save you money and look new virtually forever!

3. Update Your Bathroom’s Look

Update the style and look of your bathroom to the exact look you’re looking for. Whether your preference is more contemporary or classic, acrylic liners can simulate many, many different decors and styles – the sky’s the limit! Whatever look you’re looking for; tile, granite or a marble look, acrylic liners offer contemporary good looks with the benefits of today’s latest in technology and materials. All installed in typically less than just one day! There are many styles, colors, and patterns to choose from!

4. Costs Less Than Replacing a Bath Tub

Replacing a bathtub can be very costly. Installing a complete tub typically requires more labor and thus increased cost: the tub needs to be physically removed, requiring more time than a bath liner system. Moreover, a bath liner costs less than a standard tub over the life of the tub, as an acrylic tub lasts the life of the home. Consequently, acrylic liners are a more cost effective solution than traditional bath tubs. $$$ 

5. Lifetime Warranty

24 Hour Bath’s, Bath liners are made from a composite of acrylic and ABS plastic. Unlike refinishing or “reglazing”, which lasts a few years, acrylic bath liners are guaranteed to never fade, crack or peel. Maintenance is never an issue and cleaning is as easy as a quick wipe with a mild cleanser, which ensures a beautiful bath for the life of your home.

Last but not least the greatest thing about bathtub/shower liners is that you don’t have to worry about unsightly mold or grout lines. Liners keep mold from growing behind your walls because there are no grout lines.



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