Refinishing Sunroom Flooring

Sunrooms, or four-season rooms are a great way to enjoy the weather without sitting outside. They are the perfect area to entertain when the weather is nice and the sun shines through the windows.

Many sunrooms have ceramic tile floors to give the space more of a glamorous, resort-type feel. Ceramic tile flooring is also easier to keep clean than carpet, making it a common choice for these rooms. However, because sunrooms obviously experience a lot of sun, the tile can fade and the grout can begin to crumble. Instead of replacing the entire floor, let Refinish First make them look brand new for a fraction of the cost and time of a renovation.

While refinishing the tile, they also fix, replace and seal damaged grout. Homeowners looking to refinish the ceramic tile floors in their sunroom or four-season room have many options when it comes to choosing a color. Refinish First can match any existing color and create countless custom colors. They also offer a variety of stone accent finishes for those who are wanting something more than a solid color.

When Refinish First refinishes ceramic tile flooring, they aren’t removing anything. This makes the process faster than replacing the flooring all together. They can get the project done in a few days, letting homeowners and their guests get back to enjoying the sunroom faster.

Homeowners shouldn’t let old, faded flooring keep them from using and entertaining in their sunroom. Contact Refinish First for a free estimate.


Refinishing Outdoor Tile

Ceramic tile can be used outside, although it is not the first choice of many. It is highly water absorbent, giving it a low frost resistance. It is also more likely to become worn and chip easily. Refinish First can fix and refinish ceramic tiles that haven’t held up well to outside temperature changes.

Ceramic tiles usually carry a Porcelain Enamel Institute or PEI rating of 0 to 3, but can go up to a 5. These ratings indicate where the tile should be used depending on the level of foot traffic that certain area experiences.

  • Class 0: used where no foot traffic is anticipated; should only be used on walls for decoration such as backsplashes.
  • Class 1: used primarily for master bathroom floors where it is anticipated shoes will not be worn.
  • Class 2: used in main bathroom areas and bedrooms where slippers or soft-soled shoes will be present.
  • Class 3: used in light to moderate traffic areas; any area of the house, except heavy traffic areas such as the entry way and kitchen.
  • Class 4: used in areas where abrasive or dirt could be tracked; good for residential entry ways, kitchens, balconies and countertops.
  • Class 5: used in the heaviest traffic areas; suggested for residential, commercial and institutional flooring.

Because many types of ceramic tile have a relatively high water absorption rating, damage is to be expected over time. Refinish First can fix chips in tile and re-grout everything to make it look like new. They offer three standard, solid colors along with more than 30 stone accent finishes. Refinish First can also create almost any custom color desired.

Old, worn down tile is just days away from looking brand new with Refinish First. Contact them for a free estimate.

Beautify Your Beauty Salon


Whether updating a salon or starting a new salon using previously owned equipment, a great way to breathe new life into those old sinks and counters is by refinishing them. Starting and running a beauty salon can be very expensive. One way to cut down on these costs is to refinish those old countertops and sinks.

Let’s be honest, people judge a book by its cover. It’s no different when customers walk into a business. If your salon has old, dingy and chipped fixtures, customers might think that translates into an outdated hair cut or dye job. Instead of giving them the wrong impression, update your fixtures by refinishing them.

By refinishing instead of replacing, you’re cutting down on the time the salon would have to be closed during the renovation. The refinishing process takes less than a week to complete. They don’t need to tear anything apart, making clean up a breeze.

Because they aren’t tearing out the existing features it can save you up to 75 percent over the cost of replacement when you choose to refinish instead of replace. Refinishing can extend the life of your fixtures by up to 15 years or more with proper care and maintenance.

If you’ve been dreaming about updating your salon, but couldn’t afford brand new fixtures or closing during the renovation, look no further. Refinish First has many different surfaces to choose from to complement your salon or give it a whole new look.

Don’t own a salon? Next time you’re in for a trim take a look around. If the salon you use needs a refresh be sure to let them know about Refinish First. We always appreciate referrals!

Bowling Alleys: Saving on Renovations

Bowling alleys are a great place to relax and enjoy a family evening out. Unfortunately, many alleys have been around for decades and are in desperate need of repair. Areas such as bathroom and concession surfaces, scoring tables, tile floors, countertops and even tables receive heavy and often abusive treatment. Despite understanding the repairs they need, owners are frequently torn between wanting to keep their business looking nice and the loss of revenue that would occur if they closed even a portion of their business to make repairs. Refinish First has the answer to this dilemma.

Refinish First offers floor, counter, and tile restoration services that cost a fraction of the price to fully remodel an establishment like a bowling alley, but our services will still provide that same freshly remodeled appeal. As an added benefit, we can do larger refinishing jobs, such as these, in a few days rather than weeks of hassle, closures, and limitations.

In short, if you are (or know of) a bowling alley or other business needing surface repairs, help them out by letting them know about Refinish First. Who knows they may thank you with a free game of bowling!

Retirement Communities Need Remodeling

All building types age and need repair. Everyone has walked into old restaurants, gyms, hospitals and churches that clearly are in need of improvement. The materials used and the craftsmanship involved in the construction greatly impact how things wear over time. Stain glass windows can look great for years, but it is not uncommon for community eating areas, bathrooms and showers to show wear sooner because of the constant use, requiring attention earlier in the life cycle.

Anywhere there is regular traffic and use, surfaces break down and need repair. Having Refinish First resurface these areas increases the time needed between fixes, which saves money. It also improves the surface’s ability to hold up against regular use. Also having surfaces refinished is far more affordable than doing a full remodel where all the surfaces are completely removed. As you can see, there are many benefits to using Refinish First surface refinishing.

If you live in a retirement community or visit one regularly, please let us know about their resurfacing needs. Often retirement community management is not aware that resurfacing is possible, much less that this service is available right here in Idaho. We love helping people create more enjoyable spaces at affordable prices.

Yes, You can Refinish Tile Floors…and you should.

Does your bathroom tile floor drive you crazy? Every time you take a shower do you wish the dirty grout would go away or fix itself? Wouldn’t that be nice? Guess what, it is totally possible and we can make this wish come true.

It is really easy to refinish your floor and deal with all that is annoying. It is the perfect opportunity to address stains, mold, broken tile, elevation unevenness, cracks and colors that you want replaced. When you get a tile floor refinished, Refinish First comes in and takes care of all these challenges and final coatings.

The actual floor refinishing begins with a high tech coating application right over the existing tile. On top of this layer a hard acrylic coat is applied. You end up with a long lasting finish that is easy to clean and brand new. All the annoying grout lines are sealed up. Wahoo! All this and the process is far more economical than removing an existing floor.

Our most popular finishes are from a stone finish collection that features many attractive options. You’ll have the opportunity to select something that reflects a palette you like and works with existing elements. However, while your floor is being resurfaced, it’s the ideal time to refinish the tub and counter surfaces as well. Have Refinish First give you a free estimate to resurface any or all parts of your bathroom.



Why You Should Consider Surface Refinishing

Surface refinishing is a fast and cost effective makeover alternative to replacing a bathtub, countertop or tile that is worn out, damaged, hard to clean, or simply the wrong color. You’ll save thousands of dollars and avoid days or even weeks of demolition mess and costly replacement.

What kind of repairs can you make?

Bathtub repair can be performed on many types of tubs including porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic or marble. We can even repair chips and cracks. Have your countertops been accidentally scorched or chipped by a sharp knife? We can fix that too! Tiles that have been chipped and missing grout can also be repaired before refinishing.

How long does it take?

A standard size bathtub, in reasonable condition, takes only 3 to 5 hours for Refinish First to refinish. The tub will typically be ready to use within 24 hours, or even sooner with our special curing procedures.

How long will the new finish last?

With proper care and maintenance, Refinish First refinishing can extend the useful life of your fixtures for up to 15-20 years or more. These finishes are designed to stand up to daily use and do not require special care.

Will the surface look painted?

The deep gloss of a Refinish First refinished bathtub resembles new porcelain.  A Refinish First refinished countertop resembles new laminate or natural stone depending on which Refinish First finish you select. Most people will have a difficult time telling any difference between a Refinish First refinished countertop and a newly installed laminate or solid surface countertop.

What makes Refinish First’s refinishing process superior?

The combination of diligent preparation, our proprietary MM-4 bonding agent, advanced coatings and final detailing sets Refinish First apart from all other surface refinishers. The original surface is always completely cleaned and surface scratches and chips are filled and repaired. Next the surface is treated with MM-4, a unique proprietary bonding agent, which creates a molecular bond between the cleaned surface and the new coating. No other company uses all these steps and the one-of-a-kind MM-4 bonding agent. We offer superior adhesion, superior finish & feel, superior craftsmanship, superior service, superior reputation and track record, superior materials and superior procedures and techniques. Learn more about the Refinish First refinishing process on our website.