What is the cheapest way to do a bath remodel?
Have you ever heard the expression "you get what you pay for"? That pretty much sums up your answer for any home improvement project. Don't expect to hire the cheapest contractor and get the best results, likewise don't expect to hire the most expensive contractor and get the best results. The company you partner with needs to be the best for the specific job and use the best materials for the job. The least expensive way to complete a bathroom remodel, shower replacement, tub to shower conversion, or bathtub replacement is to do it right the first time. Use the best materials and a qualified installer who specializes in bathroom installations only. This goes for small showers, large bathrooms, and everything in between. When you redo your shower, remember that water does damage. Make sure you have experts in your home. Do it wrong once and pay twice OR do it right once and pay once!
What is the average cost of a shower remodel?
This is probably the most common question we hear. There really is not an average price. There are thousands of products and variables out in the market. A consultant's job is to listen to what you want and narrow down the options with you. What is a consultant? A consultant is an expert in their field. They know the advantages and disadvantages of the products on the market and can match them to your needs and wants. No two projects are the same. Most companies provide free in-home or virtual consultations. These generally take 45 minutes up to 90 minutes depending upon your needs. At the end, you'll get an exact quote for everything you've chosen. Be sure to get a quote in writing so you know what you're getting.
Are bathtub liners any good?
Bathtub liners can work, but are rarely a sufficient solution for most homeowners. The success of the bathtub liner comes primarily down to the existing bathtub situation. If not installed properly they can become a "floater". A "floater" is when water penetrates between the bathtub liner and the existing bathtub. This is a common issue among bathtub liners. Once it becomes a "floater" the only way to remove ALL of the water between the liner and bathtub is to remove the liner. Most companies will drain the water without removing the liner and this will leave water between the the liner and bathtub. This remaining water will breakdown the adhesives and become stagnant and moldy. We only install bathtub liners if your bathtub meets specific criteria assuring a permanent, quality installation.
Who will be doing the work in your home?
Often times companies do not have employees. They aren't going to tell you this unless you ask them. So ask! So many companies today will have the office and sales teams as employees and will use subcontractors doing the work. Are they drug tested? Background checked? Do they follow safety protocols? We will NEVER send a subcontractor to your home. All of our people are W2 employees who have passed all approved pre-employment checks to ensure you and your loved ones will always be in safe hands.
Does it really matter if my contractor is insured?
It sure does! If your contractor does not carry proper liability and worker's compensation insurance you become at risk. If a worker gets hurt at your home, the worker can sue the homeowner if the employer doesn't have worker's compensation insurance. All employers involved in remodeling work in Kansas and Missouri are required to carry worker's compensation insurance. If the contractor doesn't have general liability insurance your home is at risk if the contractor creates damage to your property. Ask your contractor to show you their Acord certificates. They'll have no problem showing it to you. If they don't have it with them at the time they'll be able to email it to you within one business day.
Why do contractors require deposits before they start the job?
If your project requires custom materials it is very common for contractors to take a deposit. Jobs like painting, drywall, trim work, etc will always require a much smaller deposit than remodels involving kitchens, bathrooms, home additions, etc. Remodels require the company to order material that most times cannot be canceled or returned to the manufacturers. Once the orders are placed they are final. For those reasons its very common for companies doing these types of projects to take deposits ranging from 20% to 40% to ensure most of the material cost is covered. Projects like paint, drywall, roofing, and fencing normally do not require material to be custom ordered. Most of those materials are readily available at contractor supply stores. For those reasons the deposits on those project types can range from 0% to 40% depending on your selections and if they were special orders.
How do I choose the best colors for my bathroom?
Do you remember the 1950s? We bet you do! If we showed you photos of bathtubs in the 50s you'd probably recognize them. Bathtubs have set the tone for bathroom design since beginning of the creation of the bathtub. Starting out as fancy galvanized designs and progressing through the color palette. We have seen bathtubs in pink, blue, lime green, avocado, yellow, harvest gold, purple, black and so on. It is best to make the permanent fixtures neutral colors and use paint and decorations to add color. Over the years history has shown us that a white bathtub/shower base and a white toilet are the most timeless. From there you can design anything you want without worrying too much about clashing colors. From there you can design your shower wall color/design, the bathroom wall colors, and then your bathroom floor colors and design. You can always change the wall paint if your mood changes down the road. There are so many options out there that its a great idea to get opinions from friends and relatives. Don't be afraid to get creative!
Does bathtub refinishing really work?
Bathtub glazing, re-glazing, resurfacing, painting, refinishing...call it whatever you like! Bathtub refinishing is a lot like painting your nails. Painting works, yes of course it does, but for how long? It works as long as you don't get them wet or expose them to any physical activity. Does bathtub refinishing have an odor? Imagine the fumes from painting your nails but 1000 times more potent and harmful. So bad that it's unsafe for you to sleep in your home for a day or two after the bathtub painting was completed. Glazing/resurfacing is a fancy way of saying that your bathtub is going to be sanded then either sprayed with paint or a special paint poured over the surface. In the best case scenario for a bathtub that is used twice/day, you can expect the surface to hold up for 6 months to 12 months without serious signs of deterioration. After that time period you'll wish you never had it done because now it's worse than it was before it was "resurfaced".