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"The work began on the 12th of May right on schedule and was completed in under 3 weeks. and were responsive to any" questions and/or requests that we had. Phone calls were promptly returned . checked in regularly on the progress of the project. Edilson and Dali, who were on site each day, did a great job with the dry wail, carpentry, tiling, etc. and were just overall really nice people to have around. They also cleaned up every day, leaving the house a dust free as possible. We are thrilled with our new bathroom. It is everything we had hoped for and more.

-Nancy H.

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"Excellent. I needed to have work done at 2 locations - a tub at my place & a sink at a friend's nearby. was very responsive &" able to book a short-notice appointment for both to fit my schedule. arrived on time, was completely professional, hard working & well-skilled for the jobs at hand. Project # 1 (tub) took approx. 3 hours, project #2 (sink) - 2 hours, both on same day. Both came out perfectly. I highly recommend Refinishing & Remodeling if you are looking to have your fixtures resurfaced.

-STEVE C.

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Bathtub Liners and Refinishing

Over time, the bathtub can begin to show signs of wear with stains, scratches, a dull finish or other ugly marks. Bathtub refinishing is an option that can return a bathtub or shower enclosure to like-new appearance.

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Remodeling - Kitchen & Bathroom

Gone are the days of a large, jetted bathtub being a must-have for a master bathroom.

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Dear Angie: We're remodeling our bathroom. Which is better to help increase the resale value of our home: a tub, a shower and one sink; or a big shower and two sinks? – Cal Z., Lakewood, OH

Refinishing your bathtub instead of replacing it can freshen up your bathroom and save you money.

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OK - terminology issue here. The "shower pan" is a collection liner than underlies the shower floor itself, and is designed (if built and plumbed right) to trap any leakage from the shower floor and route it to the same floor drain pipe. Example image here, copper in this case - 

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It sounds like your are saying the shower floor or base unit failed - likely a fiberglass or plastic shower, which commonly fail due to incomplete support under them. This can be repaired if fiberglass, but is not usually done unless just microcracking, as it is hard to find an expert - usually you have to have a car body fiberglass specialist or a surfboard repair expert do it, and the color will not match perfectly unless you get a new gelcoat over the entire base unit. Cost about $300-500, ASSUMING the material can be repaired - true fiberglass can, thermoplastic can sometimes be welded but anyone's guess how long it will last without cracking again, plastics like PVC can rarely be fixed so they will hold someone standing on them. Any sort of repair is likely to crack again, because you have done nothing to remove the cause of the cracking which is standing on a base that is not fully supported over its full extent. Some cheepo or desperate plumbers try injecting non-pressuring type expanding foam underneath to improve the support - this does a great job of supporting it but unfortunately supports mold, so starts stinking in short order as a rule.

The normal fix is to remove and replace it, because once it is out there is no sense in putting a damaged one back in for the small increment in cost. Removing it means taking the shower wall liners or the bottom row or two of tile out so you can get the new base unit into place (because they overlap it), then replacing them. So, the $3000 range indicated is indicative of this type of job, which typically runs from a very low of around $1500-2000 for an identical base unit, to more typically $3-5,000 depending on whether a shower enclosure or tile walls. Of course,when the new one is put in, it is CRITICAL that it be fully supported - this means rubbing plumbers rouge or similar marking substance on the bottom, test fitting it, and then lifting it out and checking that all the stiffener ribs and support pads made contact with the pan, and making adjusments as necessary until it has full contact, then standing in it and rocking back and forth to check for any points not making full contat and fixing them.

The $10,000 plus numbers you got must have been for entire shower replacement down to the joists and studs, and the $30,000 range number would be typical for a full bathroom remodel with new shower or shower/tub and doors and surround, wall finishes, vanity, sink, toilet, and flooring and door.

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Bathtub Refinishing reviews in Boston

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I called to get an estimate on the phone. The person was able to give me a quote base on my description (just a bath tub). The scheduling was easy as well, she gave the earliest available time slot which was three business days later. The person came on time and was courteous. I asked some questions about the process and additional ...More work to the bathroom. He answered my questions and gave me a rough estimate of other work for my reference. The work was finished in time and the result has been satisfactory so far (it's been few months since it was refinished). The only weird part was that he left the house for 30-minute while waiting for the 1st coat to dry (that's my guess) without telling me. So I was wondering what happened to the person and the work. He finally came back and finished the job. It would have been nice if he told he would be away.. just so I wasn't left wondering what's going on. But overall a good experience.
- Judy W.
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THIS COMPANY IS TRYING TO GAME THE SYSTEM, AND ESCAPE ITS PREVIOUS BAD REVIEWS. IT HAS CHANGED ITS NAME FROM " SYSTEM." BELOW IS REVIEW FROM MY EXPERIENCE OF 2012:
Shoddy installation, late, rude, and disrespectful of client's time.
After determining that my out of date rental property bathroom needed ...More a
facelift, I decided to investigate my options. The awful reviews of Bath
Fitters and its Home Depot equivalents scared me sufficiently to start digging
more. The lack of bad reviews (at least any I could find) for
Liners warranted a call. This was my first mistake. T
The slick sales followed—we agreed on what I thought was a fair price
(“premium” bath liner and shower surround for $2900 installed, and “guaranteed
for life.”) Since this is a rental unit, the delivery and installation window
was very limited, and I made this clear from the outset. I was told that the
install date would be within 2-3 weeks of ordering, and unfortunately the onus
was left on me to chase people down to get an install date on the calendar. We
finally agreed on a date, I made arrangements to be late for work—when the
installer didn’t show up as scheduled, I called and was told that the
appointment was for the following day. I know for a FACT that was not the case,
as I had an important meeting scheduled for that day, but I gave them the
benefit of doubt, and agreed for an install on the following day (between 8am
and 9am).
As someone who is always respectful of others time, I arrived at the unit at
7:45am, and waited patiently. At 8:30 am, I received a call from the installer
who told me he would be there at 10am. One hour late. Actually, one day and one
hour late. I called the president of the company, who decided that raising his
voice at me was the appropriate response. I ultimately adjusted my schedule,
and waited for the late installer to arrive. I came back at around 6pm to drop
off the final check, and was disappointed by the half-assed clean up job. It
took about 30 minutes of work on my part to clean the silicone dust all over
the floors and walls. I decided to let that go.
What was totally unacceptable, however, was the quality of the install itself,
which was shoddy. The soap dish appeared to be half finished, and was sagging
precariously. The soap dispenser the company had agreed to install was poorly
installed, and as a result, collapsed into the tub, breaking and causing a
bigger mess. I called, and was told someone would be there at 9am the following
Saturday morning. 9am to me means 9am, so I was somewhat irritated to get a
text message from the president of the company at 8:59am, saying “installer will
be there at 9:30.” I called and explained how unprofessional and disrespectful
of my time that was, but he didn’t really care. In fact, he suggested that I
not do business with him again, and then hung up on me. And yes, this is the
owner of the company. And he does not have to worry about me doing business
with him again.
Ultimately, it took me four separate days to get this installed to the promised
specifications. The entire experience was awful. The shoddy quality of the soap
dish installation calls into question the overall install—my biggest concern is
that these bozos won’t be in business a year from now. I don't know how they
can, with a President who thinks that hanging up on clients is good business
development, and an installer who can't show up on time...ever.


- Benjamin P.
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Rating
They refinished my tub around 2005 and they had quoted me $300. 2 guys showed up and had to strip some old tub paint off first so they told me it would add $100. They stripped everything and painted it fine- but in only 4 months, the paint started chipping. Within a few years, most of my tub had nicks and large chips missing.
- M T.
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Everyone with whom I dealt was great! We had to cancel our first appointment and reschedule, but they were very nice about it. The office mailed us a confirmation along with good instructions for what would happen the day of the work. They also give a reminder call & answered questions I had. Both of the men who came to our house (one to reglaze ...More and one to do the caulking) arrived on time and performed the work within the time frame that they. They were very courteous and considerate and made sure to explain to me exactly what they were going to do. We have a baby in the house, and they really were nice about trying to minimize the impact on her. The man who did the caulking even thought to tell me that when the baby is old enough to bathe in the tub, to be sure to put a towel down in the tub for her to sit on because the non-slip surface would be uncomfortable for her little butt. They did a great job and our tub looks fantastic! This is a wonderful company.
- PRISCILLA Y.
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We'd originally scheduled the appointment for 1-1/2 weeks later, but as I stated to the scheduler--time was of the essence. Our new tenants wanted to move within the next 2 weeks. They put us on a cancellation waitlist. The job was going to take a full day, so we had to wait it out. Luckily, they called us back the very next day with a cancellation! ...More The worker came, told my husband what he was going to do and got the job done fast. It looks great--the smell (that they warned us about) wasn't that bad, the cost was reasonable--especially considering the turn-around on the service! We couldn't have asked for anything better! The new tenants will move in at week's end and the smell has practically dissipated. Would highly recommend these good folks to anyone!
- VICTORIA C.
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Rating
Very helpful with scheduling both visits. Coating had some grit in it so it was buffed out the second visit. Tub is in rental unit so nonskid surface was required (good idea anyway). Workman was prompt and neat. Refinishing price is $325 and re-caulking and nonskid application is $70 more. Good directions for care of new surface.
- LAWRENCE G.
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Rating
It came out great and looked like a new shower. They left no mess and since the screen could not be removed he positioned the fan far enough away so the paint did not show up as a ring on the screen later. Very professional and quick service.
- Zachary R.
C

Rating
The initial appointment was canceled because of scheduling issues from the company side. I was given a window of 1-2pm and the person showed up at 210pm. The person who quoted the job was knowledgable about the product but it was not the quality of product we were looking for. It just wasn't the kind of bathroom we were looking for.
- joy M.

Bathtub Refinishers in Boston

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A Flawless Finish

10 N St
Danvers

A Total Co

115 Summer St
Stoneham

All In One Drain Cleaning

85 Worcester Rd
Webster

All Star Bath

684 Flat Hill Rd
Lunenburg

Allstate Bathtub Resurfacing

16 irma st
Dorchester

American Tile & Remodeling

134 Plymouth Dr
Norwood

American Tubs

17940 Ajax Cir

Anthony's Hardwood Floors

85 Marshall St
Revere

Artistry Bath Works

37 Main St # A
Framingham

Bailey Building Corp

108 Montclair Rd

Barnes Construction

426 Nantasket Ave
Hull

Basement Building Solutions

23 Hickory Ridge Rd.
Rehoboth

Bath Systems Massachusetts

25 Turnpike St
West Bridgewater

Bay State Re-Bath

55 B Corporate Park Dr
Pembroke

Bonafide Home Inspections

4 Green Way
Chelmsford

Boston Builders Bureau

30 Stearns Road
Brookline

Boston Remodeling Group

289 Elm St
Marlborough

Coastal Windows & Exteriors

100 Cummings Ctr
Beverly

Corrente Tile Design

14 Silverton Dr

Custom Bathrooms

14 Tyler St Ste N
Somerville

Empire Today - Boston

1053 Turnpike St
Stoughton

Fine Finish Shop

PO Box 543
Lynn

Fort Hill Plumbing & Heating

20 Anita Terrace
Boston

FRANK EVANS CO INC

po box 301
Rockland

Gpconstruction

Tallant Rd

Green Habitat build, LLC

182 Grafton St
Brockton

Guild Construction Co

180 Balcom St
Mansfield

Handyman Matters of Greater Boston

401 Lowell St
Lexington

Handyman Specialist

58 Upham St
Malden

Independent Home - Massachusetts

10 Celestine Terrace
Stoneham

J Lance LLC

468 Old Connecticut Path
Wayland

J Rose & Sons Inc

5 Banks St
Somerville

J.S. General Contractor

21 Lexington St
Everett

Just Baths

2 Fisher St.
Northborough

Lawrence Sewer Cleaning

292 Lowell St
Lawrence

Lee LeBlanc Tub Repair

5 Pershing Street
Fitchburg

LIKE-NU REFINISHING

96 Draper St
Lowell

Mass Granite & Marble

49 Knox Trail
Acton

Miracle Bath

33 Winfield St
Worcester

Miracle Method

36 Littleworth Rd

new england cleaning co

20 Plympton St
Woburn

New Life Reglazing

46 Corona St.
Boston

NEWPRO

26 Cedar St
Woburn

npconstruction

158 Concord Rd
Billerica

Nsphere

51 Melcher St Bsmt 1
Boston

NT KITCHEN & BATH

9 CHAUNCEY
Watertown

Outstanding Bath Refinishing

8 HILLCREST DR
Milford

PBI Construction Co

545 Washington Street
Brighton

PERMACERAM OF NEW ENGLAND

53 TRASK ST
Beverly

Phalan Construction & The Handyman

881 R Waverly St
Framingham

Pharaoh Contracting

100 Cummings Center
Beverly

PORCELAIN PATCH & GLAZE CORP

140 WATERTOWN STREET
Watertown

Property Pro Restoration

1000 Mt Laurel Cir
Shirley

Pros Home Services Inc

449 Boston Post Rd E
Marlborough

Quinn's Construction

1049 Lakeview Ave
Dracut

RemodelWerks

621 Main Street
Shrewsbury

Renewal A Surface Refinishing Company

48 washington st
Franklin

Robert Milliard Roofing

29 Gershom Ave
Lowell

Roma Tile Co

400 Arsenal St
Watertown

S & S Surface Restoration

12 Catamount Hill Dr

Sergio's Renovations

1033 Fellsway
Medford

SGH PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

293 COMMONWEALTH AVE.
Boston

SILMAC General Remodeling Inc

37 Jonathan Lane
Malden

Silvestri Industries Inc

401 Wareham St # B
Middleboro

Sir Grout of Greater Boston

15 Main St
Watertown

South Shore Dream Bath LLC

199 Weymouth St
Rockland

STAR TILE

37 BRIARWOOD,LANE
Marlborough

the Bath Showcase

58R Pulaski Street
Peabody

The Carpenter's Son

40 Rucille Ave
Weymouth

The House Doctors

349 Marlborough St
Boston

the northshore services

16 grescent ave
Boston

Top Notch Transitional Services

3 Boulevard St
Milton

Turner Tub & Tile

654 Mass Ave #3
Lunenburg

We Do That LLC

71 Grovers Avenue
Winthrop

Winthrop Emergency Plumbing

89 Veterans Rd
Quincy

ZPro Cleaning & Property Maintenance

145 SIMPSON ST
Stoughton

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