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GoodoleBob 10-16-2005 01:28 PM

Bath Fitter Opinions..??
 
The wife and I have just one bathroom. It is a 30 year old room that looks like it's had it even when scrubbed clean. Now we see this Bath Fitter company talking about how in one day they can put us back into this century again. I know it's pricey work, but we can't see a way around this problem all things considered unless we just forget it and live with it as is. We'd like to hear what people have to say about Bath Fitter..especially those who may have had them do this work in their home. Thank you..!

GoodoleBob

housedocs 10-16-2005 07:17 PM

Never heard of the outfit in my area, but from my experience, completely redoing a bathroom in one day, sounds like a pipe dream. Good luck!

jproffer 10-16-2005 08:45 PM

From the looks of their website, they just lay new "covers" over everything, including the tub:eek: . It may work, I've never tried it so I can't say, but I'd keep a REALLLLLY close eye on them and their work.

plumguy 10-16-2005 09:06 PM

I have seen their work in a couple of homes and it looked great but they were new installs.However, I hear they are very expensive. If the rest of your'e bathroom is in good shape then this certainly is an option as a quick fix. I have heard others question the glueing method of the liner on to the tub. The area around the bath drain outlet loosening and allowing water to get under the liner. It would be interesting to see some of their jobs that are say five years old and see how they hold up. Have you done a google search on their reputation and references?

MinConst 10-17-2005 01:41 AM

We had Bat Fitters do our tub and surround about 4 years ago. A guy came and measured, a couple weeks later an installer came in the morning and was gone by 2-3 O-Clock. Tub looks like new still, surround went up to the ceiling and looks like new. I have seen no leaks.
We had the same issue. 50 year old home original tub, good shape but looked bad. Only shower in the house. As you know they ain't cheap but all in all well worth it as long as you like the plastic. Proper care is key to keep it looking good.
I can't replace a tub as fast.

GoodoleBob 10-17-2005 07:08 AM

In the case of our bathroom we are not looking for them to do a "Whole bathroom" in one day... just the tub. More specifically we want a floor to ceiling walkin shower as a replacement to the tub. Ours is a one piece fiberglass unit which according to Bath Fitter they do not glue onto..instead they rip it out, and then install their walkin shower unit where it once was. This is because they don't consider the fiberglass unit a reliable base for their product. That's what they told me over the phone. I guess this amounts to new construction in a way. Anyone else with actual dealing with them care to share their experience. As always thank you.

GoodoleBob

plumguy 10-17-2005 07:22 AM

That's interesting, I never knew they got involved with actually replacing a fixture. Around here tub drains are 1 1/2" and showers are 2" so the larger drain would have to be available and your'e shower valve would have to be raised. I wonder if they now employ licensed plumbers and get involved with permits?

GoodoleBob 10-17-2005 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by plumguy
That's interesting, I never knew they got involved with actually replacing a fixture. Around here tub drains are 1 1/2" and showers are 2" so the larger drain would have to be available and your'e shower valve would have to be raised. I wonder if they now employ licensed plumbers and get involved with permits?

They told me they would use a local plumber for that portion of the work. I'm kind of glad they don't want my old unit in the way for what ever reason...gives me some confidence they would do a better job having only their product to contend with. Their rep is coming tonite for an estimate..I'll keep you informed.

GoodoleBob

GoodoleBob 10-17-2005 03:45 PM

Well the Bath Fitter estimate guy didn't show up at the time they gave me so I called and found out I was not on his schedule...a girl Friday mistake they said..cost me and hour and a half in lost wages, and they were extremely sorry and will come after work tomorrow so it evens out...they wife says it's a bad omen...I'm more toleratnt especially since that bathroom is so crummy. Time will tell if they get my business.

GoodoleBob

plumguy 10-17-2005 04:30 PM

I hope they remember to schedule their plumber!:eek: :D

housedocs 10-17-2005 05:18 PM

I'd definitely check them out thru local chamber and/or BBB before you sign on the dotted line. Good luck and do keep us informed.

GoodoleBob 10-18-2005 08:19 AM

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Originally Posted by housedocs
I'd definitely check them out thru local chamber and/or BBB before you sign on the dotted line. Good luck and do keep us informed.

Yes they are a member of the local BBB, and have just one report in six years..resolved satisfactorily. I spoke with the estimator just an hour ago, and he was one of those very commanding voice types that make you snap to attention. I'll be curious to see if he has a heavy handed approach. and at this point, if he even shows up on time.

GoodoleBob

GoodoleBob 10-18-2005 06:05 PM

The Bath Fitter rep came on time and spent an hour explaining the entire job to me, and answering my hundred questions. I was satisfied with all he said..it made sense. They are busy and he figured it would be 9 to 10 weeks before they could get to it after the deposit of 40% is paid. For a job like mine which involves the removal of my old fiberglass molded one piece tub/shower, and installation of their walkin shower with floor to ceiling walls and a ceiling cap including a typical Moen shower set...is priced at $4300 bucks. They get a licensed plumber locally to make all the pipe mods and hookup. They put sheet rock up in areas it may not exist or has been damaged from the original construction. They will replace plywood flooring underneath the unit if needed. They left us samples of various finishes available, a Moen catalog and an easco shower door catalog to help us determine if we wanted a different item than was quoted..the pricing is obviously always evolving as we adjust the accessories up or down the quality scale. We will visit their showroom Saturday for a close look at the actual products we are thinking about..then we will give it some thought..I still wish I could get some input from customers..if possible...overall they were very impressive in what the showed me and how they answers my Q's...

GoodoleBob

MinConst 10-18-2005 06:39 PM

If they are going to remove and replace the existing stall why not just get a regular remodeler to do the work? Get more estimates.

jproffer 10-18-2005 06:52 PM

I second that. And BTW:

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overall they were very impressive in what the showed me and how they answers my Q's

Any contractor who's in business very long has an impressive presentation, and I'll answer questions all day to get a $4300 job. But do they do impressive WORK, anyone with sales experience can sell you anything they want you to buy...in the presentation, but then the work sometimes falls short. I'm not saying this company s like this, but be careful about getting sucked into a good presentation. IMO not showing up the first day was unacceptable for the reason they gave. The estimator had a family emergency...OK. Something of that nature, but not "this girl said that girl said this other girl made a mistake friday and you weren't on the schedule"...."Hmmm, well...let's keep it that way shall we, and part ways now while I'm not badmouthing your company to everyone I know...good day:)...click...buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz "


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