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Unfortunately, not everyone out there performing re-glazing work is on the up and up. You should only use experienced, licensed, insured and registered businesses like ArmorKote, for your own protection, and peace of mind. A red flag should immediately go up, if a re-glazing company is offering acid etching. This means that they are using an epoxy finish (aka: boat paint), and probably offering a 5-year warranty which is about the life expectancy of that out dated coating. You do not want acid used in your home, around your children or pets. You surely do not want acid washed down your drain.
Please check the legitimacy of any home improvement company that you invite into your home. Check their website for before and after pictures, product information and referrals. One of these fly by night operations could perform shoddy and unhealthy work in your home and most likely will disappear before honoring any warranty that they might offer.
Bath Fitter www.bathfitter.com
Installation of an acrylic bathtub and or shower that goes on top of your old bathtub and shower. A representative comes to your home and explains the Bath Fitter method, measurements are taken, then a professional installer returns to your home to install the bath fitter tub and shower. While the price may deter some people, many consumers have found the cost to be worth the convenience of a one-day installation, the same installation time as ArmorKote. The average cost of a Bath Fitter installation is $4,000, according to consumeraffairs.com.
The average cost of an ArmorKote refinish is under $400. This price covers the cost of your new bathroom from initial consultation to completion. With Bath Fitter, prices will vary according to the size and style of your shower and tub, whether any extra work is needed, and the type of liner you choose to cover the old shower. Consumers who have reviewed Bath Fitter on consumeraffairs.com complain that Bath Fitter salesmen pressure customers to sign a contract immediately. It is typical of businesses to guarantee a deal in this way, but many consumers appreciate being given time to consider a decision before signing a contract. The best strategy is to exercise caution before signing any legally binding documents.
Many consumers are wary of the price of Bath Fitter and think it would be worth it to pay the extra money to do a complete remodel, or to pay less than 1/4 of that price for an ArmorKote Re-Glaze. Bath Fitter defends its product, explaining that it is worth the cost because of the convenience. “The entire bathroom remodeling installation process takes just a day,” so you don’t have to live without a bathroom while the entire room is replaced. ArmorKote also takes one day to complete. Dealing with contractors for a complete remodel comes with no guarantee, so a job that is estimated to take one week could easily take six weeks to complete.
*Most liners are durable; however, they will eventually wear out and need to be replaced; and since most liners are glued to the old bathtub when they are installed, getting them out is not an easy task. *Liners may be the only viable alternative to replacing a bathtub that is severely damaged and beyond the point of repair that re-glazing can provide.
*Most liners have the look and feel of plastic. Liners are expensive – typically 300% more than re-glazing. Liners are usually custom-made and therefore their fabrication can result in weeks of down-time waiting for installation. *Liners create a layer of added thickness to your bathtub. This not only results in less usable bathing space, but it may lead to additional plumbing costs to extend the drain and overflow to reach to the new fixtures. *If the liner does not match the contours of your bathtub exactly, you can experience flexing of the liner which can result in damage to the liner and water leakage between it and your original bathtub surface. This water will become stagnant and will create odor and mold problems.