Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Remodeling

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-18-2005, 08:19 PM   #16
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 91
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


Quote:
Originally Posted by MinConst
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.

I agree, you need to get more estimates because depending on where you are located and the going rate you are not looking at too much more for a full bath remodel. Remember this company is a large nationwide franchise and each location has to pay for a national advertising campaign and monthly royalties.

plumguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2005, 08:11 AM   #17
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 9
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


With it being our only bathroom we can't have this remodel job become the multiweek playtoy of a remodeling contractor who is going to be juggling our job, and a couple others to best serve his schedule needs while we are without this basic sevice. Bath Fitter does indeed play to this need, and that's likely why they are doing so much business, and yes charging a premium price. It's like a convienience store of a sort where you get what you want quickly and easily, but pay a higher than market price for that convienience.
Another issue with a conventional contract who will require multiday access to our house while we are at work is trust..I trust nobody in my house when I'm not home...so I'd have to arrange to be there everytime he wanted to get in for something..major hassle in my view. Never heard of one in my area who works at one job from start to finish. If one did I could arrange some vacation time to accomidate the job, but not the nickle/dime approach which is so typical. That habit costs them jobs in the long run.

GoodoleBob
GoodoleBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2005, 09:07 AM   #18
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 91
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


That's a shame that there are not any reputable remodeler's in you're area. In my area it was never a good idea to eliminate a tub if there is only one bath. It takes away a good selling point in the future. But, some people need it done for safety or physical reasons and don't have any concerns about selling. Good Luck!
plumguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2005, 02:47 PM   #19
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


I work for a Bath Fitter Franchise in western Massachusetts. Bath Fitter can put an acrylic tub over your tub and install a one piece acrylic wall in one day. But, don't take my word for it. When the installation is complete every customer gets a lifetime warranty AND a customer comment card. Contact your local Bath Fitter and ask to read some of those comment cards. We advertise one day installation (In some extreme cases it may be 2) and if we are not telling the truth, I am sure some customers will have some not very nice things to say about us.

Also, it is not cheap. It is a great product that we get a fair price for. Call for a free estimate and then you will have all of the information you need to make an informed decision.

I hope this helps
John
jmlynick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2006, 06:49 PM   #20
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


Hi Bob,
Did you end up going with bathfitters?
POLO28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2006, 04:09 PM   #21
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Unhappy

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


Do not get Bath fitter to do the tub. My husband and I got suckered into that one. It was about $3600.00 to have them fit a "cover" over the old tub. A custom made tub for our bathroom would have been around $500.00 installed. We just didn't chek into things properly. Do not do it!

Quote:
Originally Posted by GoodoleBob View Post
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
shannon1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2006, 05:57 PM   #22
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


We needed two bathrooms updated so decided to give Bath Fitters a call along with two other estimates. To totally remodel both rooms (tub & surround, toilet, counters, etc. - everything) was $2500 less than Bath Fitters to do just the tubs, they wanted $3900 for each tub. Too rich for my blood, I went with having everything replaced.
jrp604@peoplepc.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2008, 12:35 PM   #23
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Jacksonville, FL USA
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


Home Depot also offers the service of covering your old tub, and installing a shower wall that is either smooth, or molded to look like a wall of individual tiles [without the potential mess of grout of course!]. Their estimate last summer for my bathroom, which is small with a smaller than standard tub, was $2200 with the smooth wall and $2550 for the "tiled" wall. The smooth came only in white, and the tiled in white or off-white, as of summer 2007.

Their estimate seemed like a lot of money till I read the estimates here. I was also afraid the fake wall might look cheap compared to real tile, in a house I want to increase the value of to sell. And although a tenant or new owner wouldn't know the difference, while I'm living in the house myself, I think I would always be conscious of the delapidated tub underneath the nice new one. Weren't bathtubs circa mid-century made of cast iron? There could be a serious rust problem underneath the old tub, just waiting to break through to the other side!

Last edited by Female; 01-02-2008 at 12:48 PM.
Female is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2008, 05:44 PM   #24
thephoneguy
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


I had this done to our main bathroom in July 2006 and it was completed in just 1 day! It was about $4k, but to me it was worth it. The tub was in really bad shape (25 year old porcelain with several chipped areas). The old ceramic wall tile was removed and replaced with the new ceramic look-a-like walls. An existing window was cleverly wrapped with a sturdy vinyl trim that sealed out any chance of water leaking behind the wall which was aproblem with the old ceramic tile. The drain and faucet were also replaced with a Moen single lever type replacing an original Gerber (washer type) 2 handle beut! I had a soap dish, corner shelf and safety bar installed too.
biketom5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2008, 04:25 PM   #25
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


From what you said, you don't really need this company. Any contractor could do what you want. I would get estimates from both contingents.
The advantage of Bathfitters is that they can retrofit the tub and surround without the usual demo and dust scenario. It doesn't address the plumbing. You still have the old waste and supply pipes in the wall.
Ron
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 02:34 PM   #26
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


Quote:
Originally Posted by jmlynick View Post
I work for a Bath Fitter Franchise in western Massachusetts. Bath Fitter can put an acrylic tub over your tub and install a one piece acrylic wall in one day. But, don't take my word for it. When the installation is complete every customer gets a lifetime warranty AND a customer comment card. Contact your local Bath Fitter and ask to read some of those comment cards. We advertise one day installation (In some extreme cases it may be 2) and if we are not telling the truth, I am sure some customers will have some not very nice things to say about us.

Also, it is not cheap. It is a great product that we get a fair price for. Call for a free estimate and then you will have all of the information you need to make an informed decision.

I hope this helps
John
I have seen written that the "lifetime Warranty" is only for the Acrylics, not any accessories such as the faucets and attachments.

Rob
rgruenhaus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2008, 04:50 PM   #27
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 561
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


Lifetime warranty is worth what after a company declares bankruptcy. It amazes me how many companies "sell" their work, increase it's cost by building a value into it by offering a "lifetime warranty" as if they're so damn good they can warrant their work forever and ever. And homeowners just gobble this right up like it means something.

Kithens and bathrooms are the 2 rooms that define and actually sell your house. Bathfitter is a quick fix, nothing more. Who dreams of a bathfitter white acrylic bathroom in their dream home?

I understand many are turned off by a full renovation including tile work. It's a lot of work and a big mess. Many HOs are aware of the pitfalls of tile, but don't understand that most of tile work done by tract home builders and developers was crap to begin with and often tiled right onto sheetrock, greenboard if they're generous, and most of the subsequent pitfalls stem from that.

I can't fathom how in this day and age, when anyone can walk into any number of home improvment chain stores and see the thousands of different tiles from ceramic to porcelian to granite and marble, in the multitude of colors and finishes available, how anyone could even consider a plain white acrylic tub and surround anywhere except in a hospital or nurshing home.
LawnGuyLandSparky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2008, 01:53 AM   #28
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


True! The one reason I see is that when a HO tries to get a contractor to do a facelift on the bathroom it ends up being a lot of individual items and one I have talked with suggests that I pick up the materials to save money! I am not a contractor or a delivery person for a contractor and if they want to do the work they should know that they need to bring the materials themselves. That's why Bath Fitters gets some customers for such high amounts. They have new tubs that are not liners. I would never get a cover for an old tub anyway. It's asking for trouble unless you are selling the house soon.
rgruenhaus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2008, 03:30 PM   #29
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Cool

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


I just had my tub/surround replaced by a real, old-fashioned local plumber. He used a real tub, Americast, and swanstone surrond: (It's 1/4 corian. solid as a rock).

I love it.

I priced 3 liner companies and they came out either very close in price or alot more. I was stunned.

The sales pitch is astounding, and all 3 told me how bad the other 2 were. I decided to believe all 3 of them and get a regular replacement and I'm glad I did.

My plumber makes alot of money tearing out the cheap liners. They bubble and crack and leak. Don't do it.

The only drawback is that it does take 3 days to replace with real materials. But there's no guarantee that a liner company will actually do it in one day, anyway.

Think of it this way: By the time you discover they can't do it in one day, what are you going to do about it? They've already torn apart your old tub and it's unusable. So, are you going to take them to court?

Skip the liners and get a real americast tub and swanstone surround.
jazzjunkysue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2008, 04:11 PM   #30
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Bath Fitter Opinions..??


Have you though of installing a modular steam shower instead of a bath fitter unit? Here is a picture of one. You can purchase them online I would highly recommend http://www.my-bath.com this is where i purchased the one for my mothers house.

Steve_Jones is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fractures in the bath tub HAASEMAN2003 General DIY Discussions 2 03-27-2007 10:32 AM
Bath remodel wiring Nhrafan Electrical 14 03-23-2007 06:53 PM
bath floor nailfun Plumbing 5 02-20-2007 11:35 PM
painting filled crack in bath zoodemon Painting 7 10-06-2006 05:15 PM
Unidentifiable pipe/vent in bath Hobiedog Plumbing 1 12-02-2005 06:33 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.