Seattle expert bathtub refinshers discuss techiniques

Seattle expert bathtub refinshers discuss techiniques

What's the advantage of refinishing a tub rather than replacing it?

Kirk Canfield: "You save up to 80 percent more than traditional remodeling costs. You're not throwing anything away, you don't have to do a tear out, you don't have to hire a plumber and you don't damage the tile wall."

Mike Cohen: "The downtime and the cost of replacement. You're going to remove the wall, the flooring and the plumbing and reinstall it. With refinishing, nothing is disturbed. It's a four- or five-hour process as opposed to weeks for remodeling."

Sandra Bourguet: "Cost and downtime. There's a huge difference in the cost to replace and to reglaze. Plus, we're in and out in three hours, and the downtime is days when you replace [a bathtub]."

How do you charge for the job and what's the average price range?

Kirk Canfield: "It's a set price of $399. The prep and filling any chips, scratches or rust is all included in the price."

Mike Cohen: "It's a set price unless it's an unusual item. A regular porcelain tub is $390. A fiberglass tub/shower combination is $560."

Sandra Bourguet: "If it's a standard- sized bathtub, it's a set price of $389."

After you've refinished a tub, how long do customers have to wait before using it?

Kirk Canfield: "Usually 48 hours."

Mike Cohen: "About 36 hours."

Sandra Bourguet: "24 hours."

How far in advance should customers call you to schedule service?

Kirk Canfield: "Usually just a week or week and a half."

"Mike Cohen: It varies. In fair weather, five or six weeks. Winter is about three weeks."

Sandra Bourguet: "It varies. Normally we're booked about two weeks out, but that isn't a set thing. We try really hard to work with customers."

What's your busiest time of year?

Kirk Canfield: "It stays pretty steady. Springtime is the busiest."

Mike Cohen: "Spring and summer. Remodeling season."

Sandra Bourguet: "It's pretty steady. Christmas and the holidays are about the only times we get to take a break."

Is it true that refinishing a bathtub has a strong odor? What do you do to help alleviate this?

Kirk Canfield: "It does have a strong odor, but I bring in ventilation equipment with flexible ductwork. That really cuts down on the smell."

Mike Cohen: "It doesn't have to. It's fume evacuation, which is a fan with a flexible duct. It's a misconception that people have to leave [the house]."

Sandra Bourguet: "We have an exhaust fan that has a big hose. The product we use dissipates very quickly and that's why it dries so quickly. Any odor is very short-lived."

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