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"Although the finished product seems to be satisfactory, there was not much attention to protecting the bathroom from over spray. After the technician left I was" left with a rough film coating on the sink, toilet, fixtures and faucets. The adjacent closet was also left with a film on the floor since apparently is was not covered during the process. The caulking around the tub was not refinished as nicely as what I already had around the tub.

-Carey F.

"They came out to measure and look at the surface of the tub and the tile first then provided me with the price and contract. I scheduled the appt at at point with" someone in the ofiice. All went well as planned and I'm so happy with it. What a differnce this made in how my bathroom looks now! it was looking old, tired and outdated - now it look clean and new! I felt so good about it i changed the soap dish, cup holder, shower curtain and rod and the towel rods. Love it.

-Nancy G.

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Bathtub 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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Your bathtub can go from shabby to sparkling in one day after being professionally refinished. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ellen C. of Cape Coral, Florida)
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A professionally refinished bathtub looks, feels and cleans like brand new, so be sure to use only mild, non-abrasive products when cleaning, says Sharp. (Photo courtesy of Sharp Refinishing)
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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 - 


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 Washington DC


They did an excellent job. They were very professional. I had some concerns and spoke to the owner beforehand. I had to reschedule and they were fine with that. The person that came out was on time and very knowledgeable. The fumes were very strong and I would recommend scheduling a few days to let it air out.
- jeannie C.

We had a leak in the upstairs bathroom which was causing water to drip from the shower through to the ceiling of the main level.
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came by and caulked the tub. A few weeks later when a much smaller leak emerged from a different area of the bathroom, he came back promptly and caulked the shower head, at no extra charge. This in my mind was above and beyond the service that I have received from other contractors in the past. I highly recommend
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and would hire them again. He was very responsive via email and phone, and was willing to work with my tenant to schedule an appointment.
- Michelle H.

I am so pleased with how this turned out. I had an estimate months before and it took a little while for the job to get rolling due to coordination issues with other subcontractors. I live in a co-op building in DC with lots of rules about redoing a bathroom, so I decided to use
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to refinish the walls and floor tile which would have cost several thousands more to remove. The technician was friendly and prompt, The only hiccup during work was that we had parking issues due to the city deciding to block off two streets around my building with zero notice. But we were able to get those resolved. The timeline changed a little bit prior to the job, and we had made hotel reservations (its our only bathroom and we would have no toilet), so communication could have been better on that front as we had to change our plans on short notice. But they were very easy to work with. The results were stunning-- my bathroom looks brand new. I am going to be hiring them again for the tile in my kitchen. I have also recommended them to several co workers who are doing remodels.
- Laura S.

I cannot say enough good things about
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I was moving back into a house that had been rented for over 9 years. The two bathrooms were disaster areas.
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worked very hard to restore my shower and bathtub and they look like new!
It was so much less expensive than redoing the two bathrooms, which was the alternative.
I would definitely use
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in the future and would recommend him to all my friends.
I am already thinking about having him repaint the ugly pink tile in the upper bathroom!

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was quick to respond to my inquiry and to schedule the job. The workers showed up promptly and set to work, which outcome looked fabulous. The only complaint I had was that they left white dust all over the apartment's hardwood floors and left white stains on a new, upholstered chair which they apparently sat in. Overall, I was satisfied with the job but irritated that they left a mess.
- M T.

After having a bathtub refinish 3 years ago by a major franchise it started to peel. I contacted that provider but they stated that my warranty was 5 years but it was voided since it was a water drip that caused my bathtub to peel. They wanted to charge me to refinish the bathtub again but I refuse to have them do it again since the last time it didn't hold up. I then did some research about bathtub refinishing only to find out bathtub refinishing will always peel after a period of time. During that period of researching I came across a company that had a no peel guarantee and it was also non toxic process. I gave them a call to see if they service
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DC .Once I spoke with the rep it was determine that my bathtub would need to be stripped to determine if my bathtub was eligible for there non toxic process which they call a permanent bathtub refinish. My appointment was set between 9am-10 am arrival time. The technician arrived on time for the job. He immediately introduce himself as
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and then went on to explain the entire process? After stripping the bathtub
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informed me that he could do the non toxic process on my bathtub .
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began the process he had to make numerous trips to his van but during this process I couldn't smell anything he explained what he was doing and why he doing it. As time went on I began looking at my bathtub with pure excitement ,
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told me he had one more step and the bathtub was finish. The bathtub came out really nice and it was my original bathtub with a nice
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to the bathtub. It didn't have the painted look shine that my bathtub had when it was refinished with the paint it looked like the original bathtub.
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went on to explained that the surface will never peel and the best way to keep it looking nice. I'm overall satisfied with my bathtub and the professionalism with
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company. I will be contacting them to restore and color seal my grout lines in my master bathroom.
- Nancy C.

The representatives that I talked with were very courteous and professional. They suggested the most cost-effective way for my bathroom tiles over the tub to be refurbished rather than replaced. The service people who did the work were punctual, did excellent work, and cleaned up so well after themselves that the only way one would know that they had been there was that the bathroom tub and tiles looked like new.
- William W.

There's a reason this place has so many A Ratings.
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was very pleasant, and when my contractors schedule had to change,
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was able to send someone out within two days. The tech,
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, did a fantastic job taking a 1944 era tub and bringing it back to life. I was worried I'd have to buy a new one but the refinishing was wonderful. He even re-caulked all around the edges.
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was professional, timely, and friendly, if you've got one of these old tubs, this refinishing works.
- TED R.

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A2Z Design2build

20014 appledowre circle

Abbey Energy and Exteriors

21465 Price Cascades Plaza

Absolute Home Solutions Inc

16 Hidden Valley Ct

ADG Contractor

3120 Collie Lane

Alfaro Contractor

7805 Hooes Rd

all american builders

2611 tom brown ct

All Glass

27 Utah Pl

All trades Remodeling, LLC

12 north summit ave

Ant Builders - Shy Nair


APCO Plumbing Corp

1604 Maryland Ave.

Arco Painting & Remodeling LLC

14405 Innsbruck Court

B.K. Services

504 kibler circle

Bath Fitter

15010 B Farm Creek Dr.

Bath Fitter

212 Fort Collier Rd.

Bella Casa LLC

14216 Long Green Dr

Bethesda Home Improvements

10 Old Bonifant Road

BNS Contracting

8308 Selsted

Chryst Brothers Construction

6450 Old Dominion Dr

Collins Tile & Stone

44642 Guilford Dr


5252 Cherokee Ave

Contractors For Less

8238 Georgia Ave

Cozette Homes Inc

11235 Leather Wood Dr

Custom Design Tile

12832 Dusty Willow Rd

Custom Home Renovations LLC

300 Lindenwold Ave

Elite Development

4401 Connecticut Ave NW

Empire Today - Baltimore

1879 Lamonte Avenue


5483 Harris Farm Ln

Excellent Services

607 Forbes St


14429 Woodcrest Dr



Handyman At Your Command

4938 Hampden Lane

Handyman Connection of Maryland

19520 Club House Road

Handyman Medic

3220 Roderick Road

HAS Construction LLC

3421 14th Street NW

Home Care Plus LLC

9709 Stanton Hall Ct

Home Renovation Pros

4901 Randolph Rd

Home Smart Industries

13 Mount Pleasant Dr

Home Town Plumbing, LLC

6423 Carriage Drive

Integrity Home Pro

2400 Kemp Way



J.R Remodeling Inc

1485 Eden Drive

Jav Remodeling

1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd


9288 Prince William St


6860compton heights cir.

JF General Services

11712 Veirs Mill Rd

JR Snider Plumbing

104 S Pendleton St





JW Home Improvement

1390 Chain Bridge Rd

KDK Home Improvements LLC

6700 Clarkes Meadow Dr

Kitchen & Bath Depot

11637 Boiling Brook Pkwy

Lito Constructions


Long Fence & Home

10236 Southard Dr


5840 Cameron Run Terrace

Magna Construction

2405 Benning Rd NE




5521 Southampton dr.

Mid S Builders LLC

15521 Kruhm Rd

Miracle Method of Fairfax

8128 Flannery Ct.

Misha's Home Improvement Inc

1257 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd

Mobile Heat hvac

6137 leesburg pike #201

Nolasco Plumbing

1801 mountpisgah ln



Old Town Craftsman

8622 Reicher st

Olde To Better Yet

9404 Brandywine Rd

PK Construction

PO Box 221

PMC Construction LLC

6560 Backlick Road



PRF Services

16513 Steerage Cir

Pyramid Contractors Inc

47435 Courtney lane

Qualis Construction Inc.

15480 Annapolis Road

quality improvement

8216 Westchester Dr

R D Bronson And Co

8153 Claiborne Dr

Ramirez Construction, LLC

7823 Partson Drive

RC 4 Construction, Inc

5504 Peppercorn Drive


4221 Buckman Rd

Redline Projects LLC

2323 pennsylvania ave se

Rivco Renovations LLC

4105 postgate terrace apt 203

RJC Contracting, LLC

8 Diamond Hill Court

Robco Plumbing Inc

345 Ebenezer Rd

Rodney S Bailey Contracting

405 Indian Head Ave


2711 Dorr Ave

S.A. General Contractor LLC

6347 Montrose Street

S.V.M. Services LLC

13423 Pocono Ct

saracho home improvement

14301 Blue Heron Way

Sauder Tile

14731 Shimpstown Rd



Select Services

301 Ellsworth Pl

Serber Painting

Annapolis rd

Service All, Inc

12138 Central Ave

Singh Construction

206 Back River Neck Rd

SOD Builders Inc


Stang Plumbing

7820 Airpark Road

Steinhorst Plumbing Inc

7225 Little River Tpke

Steve Spratt Improvements

1329 Alum Spring Road

Suarez Svcs

6570 Edgewood Rd

SunRite Glass

716 Deep Ford Dr

TCS of Northern Virginia

9020 Dellwood Dr

Top to Bottom Painting

619 galveston street se

Tub Solutions Inc

10335 Bear Creek Dr

Tubcraft Inc

PO. Box 807

Tubs On Time

P. O. Box 871

U 1st Home Improvements

7757 Belle Point Dr

Universal Maintenance

65173 Seventh Road


Song Sparrow Lane


3314 M ST



Zometa Remodeling

10312 Geranium Ave

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