I have a small bathroom that needs to be redone. One of my coworkers
is very happy with the job that Bath Fitters did for her and her son,
although at $6,000 - $7,000 it wasn't cheap. But it is a lot cheaper
than ripping out the old tub, and it won't take weeks. I'm in NYC and
things are expensive, especially renovations. I can't even find a
contractor to give me an estimate on the job.
Anyway, she says that they do all the work except the floor. I can
handle that part but ripping out tubs is not really my area of
I realize that this is a franchise but I've not found a whole lot of
complaints considering how many of these things that they do. There
was a thread in this forum about six months ago and only one person
had anything bad to say.
Bah humbug. Just replace the tub with a new cast iron tub, it's a
better long term fix and will be more reliable (doesn't need special
parts that are more prone to leakage). That and for the price you
quoted I don't see why you can't do it right and get the tub replaced.
On 21 Jun 2006 07:56:56 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It claims with a lifetime warranty. I guess I need to check if that is
for BF as a whole or just the franchise; certainly a franchise can
close but BF appears to be nationwide.
My understanding is that it will cost twice as much to remove the tub,
which involves a complete gutting of the bathroom. If you know anyone
in NYC who is willing to redo a bathroom, including replacing the tub,
for anywhere near $7,000 please post a contact.
What parts are more prone to leakage? I thought this just involves
putting a shell around the existing one. I can see that becoming loose
or needing some repair but I don't see it being unreliable. If you
know anyone who had problems please let me know about them.
I had them do mine in a 35 year old house a couple of years back. I was
quite please with the results. Unfortunately, after a year or so, the
liner in the tub settled a bit, and pulled away from the surround,
which was caulked with silicon rubber. Cut it out with a razor blad and
re-caulked. Their sales pitch was a bit heavy-handed, but the strategy
was just what I needed. My job ran to about $3800 for tub insert,
surround, and removal of old tile, etc. It did take them a day longer
than they had estimated, due to more damage from water behind the bad
tile. However, they honored their price.
The tiles have been falling off the walls in bunches. I've put them
back but it's a sign that the time has come. Besides, they're a
hideous orange-pinkish color.
Shouldn' t the repair have been covered by the warranty?
If the tiles are falling off the walls, you NEED a gut job anyway. That
means the substrate is mushy, and probably rotten, maybe even including the
studs. Liners are for solid tubs with solid surrounds (on backer board or
mudbed, not drywall or greenboard), where the porcelin is just flat worn out
and stained, has gouges that are rusting, tiles has black grout, etc.
The tiles are stuck to cement of some sort, and the stuff used to
stick the tiles to the cement is just shot. I've been using some
sticky white stuff from Home Depot to put them back up. The cememt
seems fine, certainly not mushy.
we had bathfitter redo our bathroom in February/March, 2006.
They put in a tub liner, did the surround in the tub, and put in a "dome"
over the top of the tub. We went further and had the wainscoating put
around the rest of the bathroom. we had hideous pink tile. Our home is
1950's, and to do a complete remodel would have been 15k, and we have only
one shower. Thus, Bathfitter made sense.
Took them one day. had to come back and redo the diverter. But no real
problems. I was satisfied. A bit pricey for what they do, but they are the
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