Slip Resistant Surfaces for your Bathtub: Better Safe Than Sorry

Have you ever experienced a slippery shower or bathtub?  These are pretty dangerous places to have a slip and fall accident with all the glass doors, fixed metal faucets, and mirrors around!  Chances are you won’t just be a little sore when you have an accident in the bath, but you will be headed for a hospital stay or worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, with more than a third of the injuries happening while bathing or showering.  This is why at Professional Surface Restorations (PSR), all of our resurfacing prices include a 50 grit slip-resistant bottom for every type of bathtub and shower.  Additionally, all of our fiberglass/acrylic inlays have a slip-resistant surface embedded into it as well.

These slip-resistant surfaces are especially important for hotels, apartment complexes, hospitals, and assisted living facilities that want to create a safe environment for their guests in addition to limiting their liability.  In addition to homeowners, some motels/hotels with slippery bathtub and shower floors have been using suction cup mats to give bathers safer footing.  Besides being a short-term solution, this use of suction cup mats will also void the warranty for a refinished/reglazed bathtub.  Moreover, these mats need to be laundered daily or they will harbor bacteria, foot fungus, and mold.  Because of the laundering, the mats deteriorate quickly and can be costly to replace.  Or if they are not cleaned regularly, the mold will take hold and one will have to throw away the mat eventually.

Occasionally for hotels and motels, the guest doesn’t bother to use the mat and is injured in a fall, blaming the owner for the injuries.  Even when the mat is in place, vigorous activities in the shower can lead to stepping off the mat, leading to a fall.  If a glass shower door gets broken, injuries can be life-threatening.

Our slip-resistant surface is applied before the topcoat and/or primer coat and is infused into the surface permanently.  The granules cover the entire walkable area on the bottom of the bathtub or shower and contribute in reducing the likelihood of a fall.  We can also install grab bars of your choice, which you can furnish, in your tile surround for only a small labor fee.

Be sure to ask about a slip-resistant bathtub bottom when you are shopping around for a refinisher/resurfacer.  Some bathtub refinishers only offer anti-slip surfaces as an add-on (usually around $50) or may not even offer it at all.  Be sure to consider safety when looking for a bathtub refinisher and make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” when it comes to price.  It’s always great to save money, but not at the expense of you or your family’s safety.

Here are some links to consider.  You may have to watch a brief advertisement with the ABC News video.

ABC News: CDC Report Shows Bathroom Injuries Cause Thousands of Visits to ER

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cdc-report-shows-bathroom-related-injuries-thousands-visits/story?id=13802036

CDC: Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years – United States, 2008

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6022a1.htm

NY Times: Watch Your Step While Washing Up

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/health/research/16stats.html?_r=0

2013 Birmingham Home Show

Professional Surface Restorations is in this fall’s Home Show on September 20-22nd at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex!  We will be in space #326 (stay right at the entrance).  Order your tickets online and save $3 by using the promo code “SAVINGS”.  For more information about the Home Show go to www.homeshowbirmingham.com  or call (205) 593-6996 for the availability of FREE tickets the day of the event!  Everyone who signs up for a free estimate at the show or mention this ad will receive a half gallon of “Safe Soap” and a Slip-resistant surface for FREE ($75 savings)!

Professional Surface Restorations Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Professional Surface Restorations (PSR) has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“It is an honor to receive the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row. I am grateful for all of the home owners that took the time to write a review and share their experiences with other Angie’s List customers. Providing quality craftsmanship and excellent customer services requires a daily commitment to our customers and we look forward to meeting or exceeding our customer’s expectations in the future,” said Tony Rudawski the owner of PSR.

“Only about 5 percent of the Bathtub Refinishing and Liner companies in the Birmingham, AL market have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Does your bathtub refinisher use a fume exhauster?

Most people are aware that there are certain tools that are critical for each specific type of trade. Would a fireman use a squirt gun to fight a fire? Would a surgeon use a butter knife to operate? These answers are clear, but when it comes to bathtub refinishing it may not be so obvious since many people are unfamiliar with this type of trade.
Fume exhausters are essential for bathtub refinishers to reduce odor in the work area, achieve a high gloss finish on the bathtub, reduce chronic health concerns for the refinishing technician, and more importantly to prevent explosions. Yes, explosions! A bathtub refinisher found this out the hard way last summer in San Diego, CA when they either did not have a fume exhauster or failed to use one (please see attached article below).
Whether you are a home owner, an apartment property manager, or general manager of a hotel; ask your refinisher if he/she uses a fume exhauster. If they have not invested the $200 to purchase one for their business, then it is also likely that they cut corners in their preparation, do not adhere to safety standards, or do not have adequate general liability or worker’s compensation insurance either. Be wary of refinishers that seem to offer “savings” with their low prices because it may cost you much more, including personal injury or property damage. Furthermore, if a ventilation system is not used when a previously refinished bathtub is being stripped of a failing topcoat, it greatly increases the chances of death due inhalation/absorption of toxic fumes (methylene chloride) for the technician and for those inhabiting the area. To quote the Center for Disease control, “If methylene chloride is used, ensure that the room is adequately ventilated during the entire refinishing process. Bathroom fans or open windows do NOT provide adequate ventilation.”
At PSR, we use an industrial strength 12 inch portable ventilator fan that can move nearly 3,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air which virtually eliminates the odor produced during the refinishing process and the chance of any explosion occurring. Safety is a top priority at PSR, please do your part to help protect your family, tenants, and property and hire a refinisher that uses the proper refinishing equipment.

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/06/15/apartment-fire-blamed-on-construction-project/
http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2013/02/04/bathtub-refinishing/

Tub and Shower Inlays: A permanent solution for cracked tubs and showers

Over time many fiberglass tubs and showers will develop cracks in the bottom due to improper installation and/or the use of inexpensive fixtures.  When a fiberglass bathtub is not supported properly underneath it will flex when walked on.  When it flexes, it begins to crack the gel coat of the unit and will progressively get worse.

You can’t let it go because water that collects beneath your bathtub or shower can become moldy and cause potentially serious health problems. The longer you wait, the worse the problem becomes.

Instead of replacing the whole bathtub or shower which is a very costly and messy option that puts your fixture out of service for a long time, install a new bathtub or shower inlay at a fraction of the cost of replacement. The inlay bonds to the existing tub or shower bottom. The result is a surface that looks great and is more durable than the original. Your bathtub or shower can be used in 24 hours, has a slip resistant texture, and looks great!

Our custom made bathtub and shower bottom inlays are permanently installed right over the existing damaged bottom. The repair is strong, permanent, and professional.  This option is not a short term answer.  It permanently corrects the problem!

We also offer high density foam that is added beneath the tub and will create support to prevent cracks/leaks from happening again.  All of our inlays are custom ordered and a template will be created from your tub.  Standard inlays come in two colors, white and bone.  But, you also have the option to resurface/refinish the entire tub and surround to create a new looking fixture at a discounted rate.

Contact us http://www.psral.com/contact-us/  for more information and pricing. Thanks!

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Cheap is Expensive

Vintage Clawfoot Bathtub

It seems like for every satisfied customer that has had their tub, tile, or sink resurfaced/refinished there are at least two that have had bad experiences.  Sometimes the products that are used to resurface the fixtures are to blame, but more often than not, it is the installer or the customer.  In fact, they are usually both responsible for the outcome.  I will begin with the latter from the moment they invite resurfacing companies over for an estimate.

Usually the customer simply needs to be educated on how to properly clean and care for their fixture once the work is completed.  However, the customer often will also tell the first three people who come out for an estimate that they are on a tight budget and want it done cheaply.  But be careful for what you ask for!

I can appreciate a homeowner or a property manager wanting to save money.  Heck, that’s one of the primary reasons why the resurfacing business is so popular!  But is saving $50-$100 worth having to do the entire project over again in a few months, which usually will require the utilization of potentially harmful strippers?  It is tantalizing to go with the cheapest guy out there because it makes you feel like you’re getting a good deal.  I am speaking from experience because I too have tried to get a quality product at a cheap price.  And guess what?  I learned that “CHEAP IS EXPENSIVE” more often than not.

It is up to the homeowner to decipher who will be able to provide them with the best product in the end, especially if they plan on living at their residence for quite some time.  Now, every company out there will claim that they use the best products and have been doing it for years.  But what if they have been doing it wrong for years?  Shaquille O’Neal shot free throws for years but would you trust him to make one with the game on the line?

When it comes to resurfacing your fixtures it is imperative that the surface is meticulously prepared which necessitates more time and materials, therefore increasing your initial investment.  This brings me to the second culprit, the installer or refinisher.

It aggravates me to no end when I come in after a “professional” to address their shotty work.  Granted, the customer may have asked them for a cheap job and you gave them what they wanted, but it is up to us as resurfacers to take responsibility for the end product.  First, begin by not lowballing a price just to get the job.  Yes we all need work, and there is plenty out there for all of us, but by “blowing and going” (as I like to call it) you damage the industries’ reputation (not to mention your own) and create a mess for the customer and the resurfacer that follows you.  Second, take the time to prepare the surface properly so your topcoats, spray-on primers, wipe-on chemical bonding agents, etc. will adhere and last for years.  You simply cannot produce a high quality product in a matter of a couple hours because you are skipping steps or are relying on laborers that are untrained and/or do not take pride in their craftsmanship.

To further complicate the issue, I recently saw a short segment on HGTV highlighting what the refinishing/resurfacing industry can do for homeowners.  It immediately drew my attention because I appreciate the exposure for the industry.  However, the resurfacer featured in Los Angeles, CA made a comment stating that one can get a bathtub refinished for as little as $250.  I don’t think you can even get a half tank of gas for $250 in L.A.!  Ok, I’m kidding; sorta.  Unfortunately, what that resurfacer did was provide a very low price conditioning for all those watching.  Now, when that customer searches locally and finds most companies are $350-$400 for a standard bathtub they are sticker shocked.  How can they do it for $250 on HGTV?  Shortcuts in product and in labor (preparation) that’s how.  There is no other way around it.  What’s the difference between a $.99 cheeseburger and a $8 cheeseburger?  They are both cheeseburgers right??  The difference is in the product (mystery meat/soy vs. 95% lean Angus beef for example) and how it’s made (heat lamp vs. wood fire grill), and not to mention service (drive through vs. dining in with ambiance/table service).  The same applies for bathtub resurfacing.

To summarize, if there was a way to get the very best product at the very cheapest price there would only be one company in the U.S.A. or entire world even.  Therefore, customers be sure the resurfacer/refinisher/reglazer you hire has received professional training approved by an association (i.e. Professional Resurfacers Association (PRA), Bathtub Refinishing Association of America (BRAOA), etc.) on top of being licensed and insured.  Furthermore, ask for a written warranty, references, and have them explain the entire process in detail including the types of products they are using and who will be performing the work.   Also, don’t be hesitant to spend a little more.  Sometimes it’s OK to go the cheap route, but not with resurfacing/refinishing.

Resurfacers, get training if you are having problems with your end product such as runs, dry spray, and especially peeling.  Don’t be ashamed!  The first time I was exposed to the resurfacing business I learned it from a guy that had been in the business for 7 years and he was putting out a horrible product.  Granted, he would do an entire tub and tile surround for $325 but I’ve seen better “Home Depot” roll-on jobs than what he was doing.  When I received my professional training I met a guy that has was in the business for over 8 years and periodically he would have that “Ahh Haa” moment; and here I thought he would have known it all.  Finally, resurfacers do your job!  PREP!  Avoid the call backs!  And don’t undersell your services.  Time is money!