Back to School!

It’s the last week of August, which means many students around the Treasure Valley are loading up their backpacks and heading back to school. For local universities and colleges, this means that dormitories are now home to thousands of new freshmen—and will be taking plenty of abuse throughout the semester. Give your residents beautiful, clean housing that’s easy to maintain at a fraction of the cost of time-consuming renovations. Across the country, Refinish First has refinished thousands of refinishing projects for universities and colleges of all sizes, so we know what’s important to your campus: affordability; limited disruption to faculty, staff and students; and beautiful results! Gone are the ugly tile, leaky shower pans, and slippery floors – in their place are happier, safer students.

More and more colleges and universities are turning to Refinish First for surface refinishing because:

  • Our method costs significantly less than full replacement
  • Bathrooms are back in service quickly
  • Refinished surfaces are much easier to clean
  • Grout and caulk lines are permanently sealed
  • Formation of mold and mildew is drastically reduced

Our proprietary surface refinishing is much more economical than fully replacing fixtures and the turnaround time of a refinished room can be as little as 24 hours. We are able to repair any type of bath or kitchen surface, including porcelain, Formica, fiberglass, and cultured marble. We can guarantee our finish against peeling and adhesion failure. Here are some of the problems we’ve solved for universities and colleges:

  • Bathtubs – chipped, and hard to clean
  • Tile surrounds – cracked and moldy
  • Showers – leaking and crumbling tile
  • Vanities – ugly and stained
  • Kitchen countertops – outdated and chipped
  • Fiberglass – cracked and ugly colors
  • Sinks – stained and chipped
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You’re an Empty Nester, but Now that Nest Needs Refinishing!

Now that the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to take care of the damage done by rambunctious kids over the summer. Things like chipped tiles and sinks and leaky bathtubs are not only eyesores, but they’re dangerous for your kids. Make your children’s bathrooms safe without expensive remodeling – bathtub repair is much more economical than replacement. A single bathroom tub repair will often cost less than $200, while a full replacement can cost more than $3,000! Our proprietary method for bathtub repair uses waterproof, polyester resins to fill cracks and chips. Once they are properly sanded, acrylic enamel coatings are applied delicately applied, often with an artist’s air brush. We then carefully blend the repaired area into the surrounding surface so well you can barely see where we made the repair. Chip and bathroom tub and repair take an artistic eye for color and years of practice and experience. We can perform chip repair on all types of porcelain tubs, as well as tubs made of fiberglass, acrylic, or cultured marble.

We also offer slip-resistant surfaces to reduce the risk of slip and fall. It’s also sanitary and easy to clean. If you’ve got little ones, installing slip-resistant surfaces may be a great way to increase safety and reduce the possibility of injury. Whereas bathmats can collect mold and mildew and become unsightly and unsanitary, Refinish First’s slip-resistant surfaces are chemically bonded to the bathtub or shower. It is integrated to the bottom of the tub and won’t crack or peel. You can choose your color and type of slip resistant surface.

Getting a House Ready for Sale

Realtors know that a well-maintained home appeals to buyers and will sell more quickly at a higher price. When preparing a home for sale, it’s important to spruce up your home, but you don’t want to spend too much on repairs and renovations. While buyers appreciate a polished home, costly renovations such as installing a new kitchen or bathroom will undercut your profits. And of all the rooms in your home, you need to pay the most attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Clean and polished bathrooms and kitchens shine, while dingy, cracked surfaces hurt your chances of selling the home. This is where Refinish First can help.

Rather than undergoing extensive and expensive renovations, Refinish First can transform your outdated kitchen and bathroom surfaces into something beautiful and durable at an affordable price.

Bathtub Refinishing

Some potential buyers are extremely sensitive to offensive odor, and outdated, poorly maintained bathrooms are often the biggest culprit. Leaky showers and cracked tubs not only pose a health hazard and increase the risk of structural damage in your home, but they also serve as red flags to buyers that there may be hidden costs in buying your home. Even minor maintenance problems can turn picky buyers away from a sale. Luckily, Refinish First can help you transform a bathroom eyesore into an asset as you put your home on the market. The National Kitchen and Bath Association estimates the total cost to remove and replace a bathtub is $3,000 or more, while Refinish First’s bathtub refinishing will cost you a fraction of that.

Ceramic Tile Refinishing

Cracked tile isn’t just an unsightly nuisance in a home—it becomes a liability as you try to sell your home. Cracked tile may even cause leaking. Instead of replacing your tile, which is a long, expensive process, ceramic tile refinishing is a much better option. It is not only more practical, but less expensive and you can avoid the mess of removal and replacement. We can save you up to 50% over the cost of replacement.

A clean, polished, well-maintained home is one that any realtor or potential buyer can be proud of. And with Refinish First, you don’t need to break the bank to sell a family their dream home. Beautiful, durable and affordable refinishing is our hallmark at Refinish First. We stand by quality so that you can stand next to a sold sign.

Kitchen Remodeling

As you show potential buyers around the home, the kitchen is the focal point of most tours and can make or break a sale. Outdated countertops and dingy tile make a home look dated and alert potential buyers to the need for expensive renovations in the future. According to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report 2013, a minor kitchen remodel is one of the best ways to increase your resale value and recoup most of your renovation costs. The national average for a minor kitchen remodel was $18,527 while the average resale value was $13,977. A 75.4% recoup of costs places a minor kitchen remodel in the top 5 of most profitable home renovations.

The main focus of any kitchen remodel is installing new countertops—but you don’t have to go through the costly hassle of replacing countertops entirely. To increase your home’s value and impress buyers for a fraction of the price of replacement, refinish the existing countertops using our proprietary refinishing process. Our process of countertop refinishing involves the application of a very hard and durable coating to the existing counter. Countertop refinishing works equally well on kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, laminate breakfast bars, and even cultured marble sink vanities.

Client Comments

I recently had the tile in my shower and bathroom counter tops resurfaced by Refinish First.  I am very pleased with the results.  David took the time to explain the process and deal with any concerns and questions we had. My old dark shabby looking bathroom has been transformed into a bright and beautiful room I am proud to show guests.  I would highly recommend this service

Come See Us at the Fair!

We’ll be at the Western Idaho Fair from August 16 – 25! After you finish trying your luck at carnival games, come visit us in Booth 99 in the Center Expo! Snag some cotton candy on the way because there’s no sweeter deal than a beautifully refinished bathtub or kitchen counter!

Frequently Asked Question

Q. How does refinishing compare to replacement costs?

A. Refinishing costs vary across the country but refinishing will almost always be a fraction of the total cost of removing and replacing a kitchen countertop or large vanity. Bathroom vanities are often refinished at the same time as the bathtub and surround. Homeowners save even more when all the work is done at once.