Surface Type ⇔ ACRYLICS and FIBERGLASS
Like most other surfaces, Acrylics and Fiberglass have their pros and cons. For example, although acrylic surfaces have a smooth finish, offer good heat retention, and are non-porous, they're also quite soft, which enables the surface to scratch easily. Acrylics have another unfortunate downside, which is that the product itself has very little reinforcement and can feel flimsy, causing the bottom of bathtubs and shower floors to develop stress cracks over time. This is very common - and very inconvenient.
Fiberglass fixtures are made by forming layers of fiberglass into the desired shape, then coating it with a gelcoat resin. Although fiberglass fixtures are lightweight and inexpensive, they have a low shine, are prone to stress cracks and fading, and typically do not have a smooth surface.
Most acrylic and fiberglass bathtubs are 5 foot rectangles, like porcelain tubs. However, some are actually part of a one-piece wall unit where the walls and the tub are not separated by a caulk line. If your tub is part of a one-piece wall unit, we will need to know the height and width of the walls to get you a bid for refinishing, because even though only the bathtub may need refinishing, the entire unit will have to be refinished because it is one molded piece with no separation between the tub and walls.
Our standard color is white or off-white, but if you want a specific color and have the number and/or name of it, we can probably "special order" it from our manufacturer at an additional cost of $125. Please note that we do not refinish in dark colors because even in the semi-sterile environment we try to create, there are still minute dust particles that float through the air that can be seen on a dark surface.
If you don't need a special order color and are just trying to match the existing color to a toilet or countertop that is some variation of white or off-white, Jim has a great eye for color, and can tint the pure white color he starts with to get close to the color you're trying to match.
If you have a one-piece acrylic shower unit, the best way to spruce it up is to have it refinished, especially if the finish has gotten dull.
Showers can be any size or shape, so we will need pictures, and measurements for the length and width of the shower walls, as well as the dimensions of the shower floor, in order to give you an accurate bid.
If the walls of your acrylic shower look good, but its acrylic floor doesn't, we can refinish just the shower floor without having to refinish the shower walls (IF the shower floor and walls are separated by a caulk line, indicating that the floor and walls are two different pieces). If there is no caulk line separating the floor from the walls, the entire unit would have to be refinished, even if the damage is limited to the floor area. Again, because it is one continuous piece of material.
To get a quick bid, email pictures of your entire shower and shower floor, including measurements, to the email address at the top of this page.
We've been doing chip repair for homebuilders and homeowners across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for many years. From hammers dropping into tubs, to soap dishes and towel bars falling off the wall, chips can happen in homes under construction, in homes just built, and in homes lived in for years! There is a $175 minimum charge for chip repair.
Just because an acrylic bathtub or sink has chips, nicks, or scratches, it doesn't necessarily mean it has to be completely refinished. If the damage is located above the water line, it can be repaired.
If the damage is located below the water line, it can still be repaired, but not guaranteed. That's because a repair has exposed edges that are susceptible to lifting when under water, especially if the damage is located near the drain area. In cases like this, we recommend refinishing, so the repair is sealed and the work can be guaranteed.
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Please note that our warranty is specifically related to the two things under our control: workmanship and product defects. We do not guarantee that rust, cracks, or holes won't reappear later in a bathtub, shower, sink, or shower floor if the underlying source of the damage (possibly a house shift, improper initial installation, water leak, or previous damage to the same area) has not been corrected.
Our service areas extend to most of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Jim's home base is Colleyville, so he generally services the cities of Argyle, Bedford, Carrollton, Colleyville, Coppell, Euless, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Justin, Keller, Lewisville, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watauga, and Westlake.
David's home base is Dallas, so he generally services the cities of Arlington, Cedar Hill, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Grand Prairie, Hutchins, Irving, Lancaster, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, and Rowlett. These cities indicate our maximum travel range. Outside of these areas an additional travel charge would apply, or if Jim and David crossed areas.
Call Debbie at 817.305.0300 or email [email protected] if you're unsure whether we travel to your area without an additional travel charge, which generally ranges from $25-$50 per day.