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Question DetailsAsked on 10/15/2014

I need to replace the defective tub and tiles in my bathroom. How do I find the right kind of contractor?

I have used Angie's List to find bathroom contractors and have been repeatedly told that they're too busy. I think it is because they think my project is too small ($4000-$5000) to bother with and some won't even take the time to come out and submit an estimate. Am I going about this the wrong way? What should I be saying to them to get them interested in doing my project?

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Wow - that's strange. I wouldn't think a $4K-$5K job is small. My question would be ... are you sure refinishing the tub and tile wouldn't work just as well (it would be a LOT more inexpensive!).

Source: www.SharpRefinishing.com

Answered 5 years ago by sharprefinishing

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Your normal choice, since this job normally involves plumbing, tile work, maybe some flooring and typically some drywall and painting aroundthe edge of the tub area - and maybe mold removal and carpentry if the flooring or walls had rot or heavy mold - is a Remodeling contractor - Ktichen and Bath.


If you are unable to get their interest, then talk to ceramic tile contractors- if you are putting in the same size or slightly wider tub then with a bit of care in cutting that can eliminate the drywall and painting and flooring need, and sometimes a ceramic tile contractor will coordinate with a plumber he usually works with to get the needed plumbing work done as he tears out and then installs the new tub.


One opther possibility as other commentar indicated, though not something I am a fan of because of cracking and permanency issues, is refinishing the tub or installing an insert over the existing one and redoing the tile.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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"One opther possibility as other commentar indicated, though "not something I am a fan of because of cracking and permanency issues" ...


I take exception to that statement because IF a tub is properly prepped and refinished by a professional, it can last 20 years. Ours have!

Source: www.SharpRefinishing.com

Answered 5 years ago by sharprefinishing

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SharpRefinishing is absolutely right - IF - and that is an absolute - IF the prep and refinishing is done right, then it can be essentially refinished as good as new. The problem is, finding the refinisher who is going to do the job exactly right and go through all the steps to get an excellent bond and uniform coverage with proper cure. And with all the franchise outfits out there doing specialty repair type jobs, including bathtub refinishing and relining firms like Rebath (not to pick on them, just using that as a franchise example), unfortunately an awful lot of the work being done is substandard because the training level of the franchisees is in many cases limited to a flyeror two and paying a franchise fee - one of the reasons staying with local contractors with decades of experience in your area is a safer bet than going with the cheapest.
Like with all repairs, remodeling,and construction - done right or even mostly right it will generally last a LONG time without problems, but get an inexperienced or untrained contractor in there, a junior employee taking on more than he knows how to do or is untrained for, workers who are drunk or hung over or drugged up or just plain don't care, your odds of finding the excellent contractors who really care to do it right are honestly not great. Even as a professional in the building trades one has great problems getting competent contractors for every job except in one's own immediate home area where after years of experience with specific contractors you develop ones learn to trust to do it right (or in the occasional case of a mistake, will make it right) that you then stay with job after job.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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