Replacing vs. Refinishing

Bathtubs are subject to all sorts of stains and marks that just don’t come off even after hours of scrubbing. Homeowners really only have two options when deciding what to do with an embarrassingly stained bathtub. They can completely replace it, or they can refinish it.

When making this decision, the most important factor is cost. Replacing a bathtub can get costly, depending on the type and the labor required for the project. The cost for just the new tub can vary between $400 and $1,000 depending on the type. Labor is usually $200-$400 and takes about five hours. Don’t forget other materials like fittings for around $40 or debris disposal which is usually around $20.

Refinishing a bathtub with Refinish First can save up to 75 percent on the cost of replacement. It will look just like a brand new tub, without that new tub cost. They can refinish many bathtub surfaces including porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic and marble.

It typically takes 3 to 5 hours to refinish a bathtub and it is ready to use the next day. Homeowners don’t have to worry about additional damage to their bathroom like they would with a bathtub replacement. There is no demolition necessary, no debris left behind.

If homeowners have a damaged bathtub, or just want to change the color, they should give Refinish First a call. They can be in and out in no time!


Pool Time

As spring is slowly creeping up on the region, summer won’t be far behind. That means it’s almost time to enjoy backyard BBQ’s, sunshine, popsicles and jumping in the pool. Which also means it’s time to get the pool in shape!

Swimming pools that are made of concrete or fiberglass can be refinished by Refinish First. They can also refinish the surrounding tiles. Refinishing takes far less time and money than replacing and creates a highly durable chemical bond, extending the life of the pool.

Pools accumulate a lot of gunk that can leave stains on the surface, making it look unappealing to take a dip in. Cracks can also appear in the liner, causing issues. Refinish First has the ability to fix those cracks, while making the surface look brand new again.

Whether fixing cracks and getting rid of unsightly stains on the liner, or just changing the color and shine, refinishing is a great way to update the pool. Contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

3 Spring Patio Prep Ideas

Outdoor patios can take a beating from harsh winter weather. Tiles can become cracked and stained, furniture is usually dusty and dirty from storage and plants can wither away. There’s plenty of time to get the patio looking great before those spring and summer outdoor gatherings. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • If there are any damaged tiles on the patio, don’t replace them. Instead, call the professionals at Refinish First. They can fix the imperfections and leave the tiles looking brand new. They offer three standard solid colors, more than 30 stone accent finishes and can create almost any custom color imaginable.
  • Many plants can’t take the winter weather and end up lifeless come spring. Dig out those withered blooms and replace them with healthier versions. Plants and flowers bring a vibrant, alive feeling to many patios, and if chosen with color schemes in mind, can complement the colors already used in the patio decorations.
  • If the patio furniture has been in storage, it has probably survived the worst and just needs a quick wipe down. If it stayed outside, it will most likely need a more thorough cleaning with a mild detergent. Investing in plastic covers is a good way to protect patio furniture that stays outside year round.

When evaluating those outdoor patios, keep Refinish First in mind for tile and concrete refinishing needs.

Refinishing Stained Concrete

Over time, concrete becomes worn down and in need of an upgrade. Instead of paying to dispose of the old concrete and pour a whole new slab, consider the other options available. Refinish First can repair the imperfections in concrete and apply a beautiful new surface for garage floors, driveways and more.

When cars are parked on concrete driveways, and in shops or garages with concrete floors, they can leak a variety of liquids like oil, coolant and brake fluid. This creates unsightly stains on the surface. Other stains can penetrate the concrete from water runoff and other weather issues.

To start the process, Refinish First cleans the concrete surface. This is done with a diamond scrub that roughs up the concrete surface. This is so the coating will stick when applied. Next they apply five layers of coating with colored chips inside it. If the surface will be subjected to sunlight a top coast with a UV blocker will finish the job.

Contact Refinish First about refinishing concrete surfaces around the home or business.