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Acrylic shower bases provide a good option when converting a bathtub to a stand-alone shower.
Looking for bathroom ideas that won't break the bank? Try refinishing the bathtub or hiring a pro for a tub liner installation.
Acrylic bathtub surrounds are a great, cost-effective option to cover the walls around your tub.
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 -
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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Very helpful in arranging the financing with their lender and has remained within my budget.
say that I am satisfied with my choice.
Here is a quick break down of the pros and cons as I experienced them:
· The staff were all very friendly and helpful
· The installation was completed in one 8-hour day as promised
· The acrylic fitting itself fits snugly and installation appears sound
· Clean-up of the bathroom area was performed following the installation
· The warranty appears to be fairly inclusive
· There was no mention of an extended warranty feature that would allow the warranty to
transfer to the next property owner
· The price is fairly steep for what is actually done to your bathroom. However, it should be noted that the quick
installation and the warranty add to the value of the service
I would recommend this service to anyone who needs a quick and effective fix for a bathroom in
As an aside, A&J's price was about one-half that of another top-rated area vendor. Unlike them, A&J does not have an expensive showroom to support in Short Pump which, we think, is totally unnecessary for a resurfacing project such as ours. Also, keep in mind that the temporary removal of the toilet, sink, shower door, etc. is something that must be arranged separately. None of the providers we spoke with offered those services.
We're very pleased with A&J Resurfacing as they proved to be true specialists who were reasonably priced and a pleasure to deal with.
They arrived promptly, my bathroom was clean when they left (I know many people who have complained about the grit that hangs around a bathroom when a reglazing is done), they communicated clearly and often during the process of scheduling, and were always extremely courteous and professional. (My original reglazing was scheduled for the day after Hurricane
Although they were charging $299 to reglaze a tub when I first called, if your tub has ever been reglazed, there is an extra $100 charge to remove the first glaze. So my total cost was $399 and it was money extremely well spent. I would use this company again in a heart beat.”
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