- Published on Tuesday, 28 August 2001 20:15
- Written by Special to the Town Crier
Most of us wander into the bathroom in the morning, bleary-eyed, only to be jolted awake at the sight of a pea-green tub, a mustard-yellow sink or hot pink tiles - obviously, decorating disasters of past decades gone awry.
Bathroom remodeling can be costly, but there's no need to live with old or ugly fixtures any longer. If the surfaces are made of porcelain, ceramic tile, fiberglass, acrylic, cultured marble or laminate, you can now update your bathroom without replacing the tub, sink or tiles.
With over 100 U.S. locations, Miracle Method has refined the restoration process that makes surfaces "new" again. Their proprietary bonding process eliminates the need for dangerous, corrosive acids often used by other refinishers. Established over 20 years ago, Miracle Method has refinished surfaces for some of the world's most well known companies, including Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Jacuzzi.
"The key to a good refinishing job is the process of cleaning, preparing and bonding. These are the most important steps in order for the new finish to stick to the old surface. Miracle Method's success is directly related to our proprietary bonding agent that we have used for the past 20 years," says Chuck Pistor, president of Miracle Method.
Many people believe that they have no option but to replace their tub, tile or counter. One homeowner from Portland, Ore., explains, "Initially we were unaware that our old, dull tub could be refinished. We chose Miracle Method on the recommendation from an employee of a local bathroom supply company. We were most impressed by the smooth, bright finish of the renovated tub and by the careful, enthusiastic attitude of the technician as he explained the process to us."
If you want a new look for your bathroom, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars remodeling, then refinishing is your best value. Replacing the bathtub alone can cost as much as $3,000. With refinishing, you only pay a small fraction (as little as 10%) of the cost of replacement. And anyone who has ever replaced the tiles or sink in their bathroom knows the mess and hassle of demolition, as well as the hole it can put in their wallet.
Refinishing a tub can take as little as 4 hours. You can shower or bathe the very next day. Replacing a tub, however, can take weeks, when you factor in the time to rip out your old tub, install a new one, let caulking dry, and readjust or replace plumbing. With many homes having only one bathtub, weeks of delay are not affordable, practical nor convenient.
Refinished tubs or ceramic tiles can easily last 15 to 20 years or more with proper maintenance. A new porcelain bathtub may last a few years longer, but the cost of replacement is nearly triple what it would cost to refinish. Not only is refinishing more cost-effective, but refinishers are also able to provide extras, such as slip-resistant surfaces and custom colors.
Judith from Easthampton, Mass., is still satisfied with the look and feel of her refinished tub. "It's been approximately 14 years - my tub still looks good and is easy to clean. Before refinishing it was pitted, porous and impossible to clean."
Refinishing is also great for repairing small chips and cracks, making it ideal for fixtures that are otherwise in good condition. Professional restoration companies like Miracle Method guarantee their work, so be sure to ask about warranties when shopping for a refinisher.
Because refinishing can match nearly any color, you can change that pea-green tub to a color you really like - even white. Since most of us have purchased previously owned homes that were decorated according to someone else's preferences, it's probably not exactly the way you'd like it to be. Now you can change that 1970s color scheme in just a few hours. And at a savings of up to 90 percent of the cost of replacement, it's a hard value to beat. Not only will your bathtub look great, but it will also feel silky smooth!
When looking for the right refinisher for your bathroom-remodeling project, remember to do a little research. "Refinishing is a great process if it is done with the right materials and techniques, but all refinishing is not the same so be sure to ask the right questions. Ask how long the company has been in business and ask for references," says Chuck Pistor.
For more information about bathroom restoration or franchise opportunities, visit Miracle Method's Web site at www.miraclemethod.com, or call (888) 271-7690.