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25. April 2013 10:42
by CMunro

Thankful For The Tub Liner - It's keeping us in business!

25. April 2013 10:42 by CMunro | 0 Comments

Most tub-liners fail because water gets under the drain and or behind the caulking. This causes water to get trapped between the old bathtub surface and new plastic liner creating what we call floaters, mold, and let's not forget the smell.

I’ll start there: We remove countless numbers of bathtub liners each year for the aforementioned reasons, as well as for cracks, burns, and the fact they're just down right ugly.  The cost to do a tub-liner and or wall system is also 6 to 8 times higher than the cost to refinish. An average bathtub liner starts in the thousands with lots of up-selling.  A professional bathtub refinishing company that has years of experience, knowledge, warranties and plenty of referrals may charge anywhere from $300 to $400 bucks. Three (3) hours it’s complete and looks like a new bathtub.

Lets’ not lose sight that tub liner companies aren’t all bad. They have great advertizing and give us refinishing companies plenty of work!  So thank you to all the tub-liner companies, for keeping Munro Products, and our fellow bathtub refinishers in business.

Here's a shot of the tub-liners we pulled out of one of the hotels we recently did. We pulled the liners, and refinished the tubs that were underneath, to a like-new condition.  The hotel owner was pleased to have the liners gone for good.

Happy Refinishing,
- CM


15. April 2013 10:35
by CMunro

But, I can buy a brand new bathtub for less...

15. April 2013 10:35 by CMunro | 0 Comments

How many times do we hear “I can get a brand new bathtub for cheaper than that!”?

Of course you can, but with refinishing, in just three hours your bathtub and/or wall tile will look brand new at a fraction of the cost of full replacement! Customers often forget that there is the added cost of replacing plumbing fixtures, wall tile, wallboard, pipes, tile floors, sub flooring and the old bathtub removal. Then comes “Yeah but I do all my own work!”  Ok, your time and materials are free then. Ours is definitely not!  Those are the customers we prefer to just let replace their bathtub (sometimes they're more pain, than profit).  No matter how it’s worded, the cost of refinishing is considerable less than the cost of replacement.  If a potential customer can't see the value, well, it's their loss.

Focus: in three hours the bathtub will have a “like new” appearance without the hassle.

Tip: Give every customer the best bang for their buck. That helps assure refinishing projects in the future for all of us. 

Happy Refinishing,