Though Dan Miller has more time on his hands than he did before he retired from his work as a capital improvement inspector, he still can’t see using that time to refinish his bathroom.
But work needed to be done. He’d probably re-grouted and re-caulked his 36-year-old tiles and shower stall in his Olathe home four times over the years. He’d cleaned and cleaned his fiberglass shower stall basin and couldn’t make it sparkle.
So, when Miller’s aunt mentioned that she’d had her kitchen countertops refinished without demolition, he was interested.
Before committing to that route, Miller also checked out the possibility of using a bathtub liner. Mainly, he wanted to avoid tearing everything out. He didn’t want the mess and time commitment, and he knew the price would be in the thousands.
Several area companies, independently owned, franchised and big box, offer demolition-free, lower cost refinishing services, and they seem to be equally popular and in-demand.
One method of redoing a bathroom is through refinishing its surfaces. Companies like Miracle Method, which is a franchise, and A-1 Porcelain Refinishing, which is locally owned, offer resurfacing. Another method uses drop-in liners that fit over the existing tub and tiles.
Mike Nield became a Miracle Method owner 14 years ago. His is based in Independence and services the eastern half of Kansas and the western half of Missouri.