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Anyone use Bath Fitter?

post #1 of 35
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We are looking for a temporary bandaid for a couple years for our bathroom before we can afford the total remodel we really want.

Does anyone have a Bath Fitter in their bathroom, are they nice, is it worth the $$ and how much did it cost you?

Does it really get installed in a day? Can it go over my existing tile around my tub?

Thanks for the advice ladies, I really love and appreciate the info I get on this board!
post #2 of 35
2 years ago we used Re-bath through Home Depot for our kids bathroom. They installed everything in one day and the bathroom looks great. Not sure about installing it over anything, the bathroom had a surround thingy on the walls that didn't fit right so it was removed.
post #3 of 35
We haven't had it done ourselves but we know a few people that have and yes, it was done in a day and yes, it can go over tile. Your best bet is to talk to the company directly with questions/concerns.

Good luck!
post #4 of 35
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Originally Posted by Oregano View Post

We haven't had it done ourselves but we know a few people that have and yes, it was done in a day and yes, it can go over tile. Your best bet is to talk to the company directly with questions/concerns.

Good luck!

I agree with Oregano, but I will add that we had them come out and give an estimate about two years ago. They quoted us $4000 just for the shower in our master bathroom (which isn't very large) and they were backed up to the point where I think it was going to be 6 weeks before they could put it in. We ended up agreeing to do it (the salesman was very insistant that we sign the papers that night or we would lose a percentage off the total price) but backed out the next day (you have three days to back out of a contract in Maryland) because we just didn't feel comfortable spending that kind of money. The salesman was none to happy about us backing out and was not very nice about it. We ended up having a friend of my brother in law (he and his father own a small home improvement business) clean up the shower, redo the grout, and put in a new fixture and shower door for $955. Not quite as fancy as what Bathfitter would have provided, but it got the job done and was much more affordable.

So do your research ahead of time (there are plenty of customer reviews online) and know ahead of time how much you're willing to spend...don't let them pressure you into spending more.
post #5 of 35
We had Bath Fitters re-do our bathtub about 8-9 years ago. It cost us about $2,000 but we did get some "add ons" (shelves) and they are very expensive. However, that long ago we had just bought the house and didn't have our DS so we had money. We did do our research and really needed someone to do it same day and at the time the surrounds at Home Depot and Lowe's were costly (DH wouldn't have been able to install it himself so we would have had to buy the surround piece and then have someone install).

Our experience with Bath Fitters was positive and I would recommend them. However, it is a lot of $$ so shop around and do your research. A lot of other companies have started to do the same service and same day too. Good luck!
post #6 of 35
Oh yeah, the only con with Bath Fitters is that you can only use certain types of cleansers on it. They give a list on their website I believe, but some of the cleaners are costly. Just wanted to mention that.
post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by mom2BT View Post

We are looking for a temporary bandaid for a couple years for our bathroom before we can afford the total remodel we really want.

Does anyone have a Bath Fitter in their bathroom, are they nice, is it worth the $$ and how much did it cost you?

Does it really get installed in a day? Can it go over my existing tile around my tub?

Thanks for the advice ladies, I really love and appreciate the info I get on this board!

No, its not worth the money. You can get the real stuff for the cost of plastic, think about it. I worked there and had it installed and now wished I had ceramic done instead. For one it looks much classier, and the durability is 100%. Think how long people have been putting tile up in their bathrooms. There is a reason for it.
post #8 of 35
I consider it a "cheap fix" if you have a problem bath and are not planning to stay in the home for long. There is no way one of those plastic surrounds will look anywhere near as good as a simple tile job.
post #9 of 35
We had them come out and give us a quote on our bathtub only and it was over 2500.00. We want to keep the tile around the bathtub. The only thing wrong is the bathtub itslef is old and it is cast iron.

So we decided just to buy a new bathtub from Lowe's. It will be cheaper in the long run and we have to intentions of selling, for a very long time.
post #10 of 35

Don't do it. Especially if you have an older home with sensitive plumbing and family members with long hair. Now I have to hire a plumber every six months to clear the drain. If you use a chemical drain clearer you will void the warrantee. I scanned the web before I made my decision and found just a few complaints amongst a lot of "glowing" reports. I took the gamble and now will have to live with this POS. I should have went to Vegas with the money or just paid for a proper bathroom remodel. The company is a franchise so the product is over-hyped and most installs are done by fly-by-nights that do not stand behind their product. You have been warned.

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