Seattle expert bathtub refinshers discuss techiniques
Seattle bathtub refinishing experts
Kirk Canfield, owner
Mike Cohen, owner
The Bathtub Refinishing Co.
Sandra Bourguet, owner
Custom Bath Tub and Tile Reglazers
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."