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What if your bathtub could be transformed in one day from embarrassing to your bathroom's sparkling centerpiece?
If you can buy a new bathtub for about the same cost as getting one refinished, why not just buy a new one?
Acrylic shower bases provide a good option when converting a bathtub to a stand-alone shower.
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.
Bathtub Refinishing reviews in Wilmington
I would absolutely recommend them. Their before and after pictures on their website are no lie it will look clean and perfect when they are finished.
The representative who did the work showed up on time, made sure she understood what I wanted, and got about her business without delay, and with great industry. Be aware that the fumes are significant, so be prepared, If you have respiratory issues, you may wish to arrange for someone to be there in your place, or leave the premises until the job is done. This is a 2 day process. The 3rd day, the fumes are nearly gone, and after that, all you have to do is enjoy the beauty.
I did stay onsite for the duration, and I was fine, no lingering issues. And the bathtub and tile are still bright and beautiful after 7 months. I highly recommend this company.
Well worth the price.
Clearly, this company is unable or unwilling to honor its service commitments, unable or unwilling to honor the prepaid Angie's List deal they offer, and given the fact that it took so long to schedule the appointment (they were supposedly already booked the first several days I suggested) and then refused to honor even that appointment, I question whether they use Angie's list "deals" as a way to just collect money on jobs they never intended to do in the first place. .
Absolutely terrible unreliable service and awful customer service experience. Stay away at all costs!
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