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This new corner shower unit was installed by a Diamond Certified bathtub and shower contractor in Alameda County. You'll feel confident choosing a quality shower and bathtub company listed above because each has been rated Highest in Quality and has earned Diamond Certified. For more information on how best to choose and work with local shower and bathtub replacement companies, read the following articles. Topic: Finding High Quality Bathtub and Shower Replacement Contractors in Alameda County

OAKLAND — You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a bathtub and shower contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified bathtub and shower company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated bath tub and shower contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Alameda County – Bathtubs & Showers CATEGORY

Richard Garcia is a 29-year veteran of the home repair industry and owner of Premier Construction & Home Services, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 203-9291 or by email.

Richard Garcia

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Richard Garcia: Handy as They Come

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

When asked how he came to be involved in the construction field, Richard Garcia says it was a natural result of his innate inclination. “I’ve always been mechanically inclined and enjoyed working with my hands, so it just made sense for me to be interested in construction and repair. I started working for a local contractor when I was in high school, and after I graduated, I got into the millwrights union, which is a division of the carpenters union. Eventually, after working for the same company for 25 years, I decided to go out on my own and get my contractor’s license.”

Today, as owner of Premier Construction & Home Services, Richard says he appreciates the freedom that comes with running his own business. “Besides allowing me to make my own hours, being my own boss enables me to give my clients the very best service and workmanship. Whatever my clients are trying to do, I love helping them achieve it and giving them positive experiences and quality products.”

A resident of Livermore (where he lives with his wife, Estella), Richard enjoys taking advantage of the Bay Area’s diverse landscape. “My main hobby is fly-fishing, which I like to do as often as I can at spots like the Russian River and Yuba River,” he says. Richard also enjoys pastimes like wine tasting, gardening and spending time with family, including his stepchildren, Marlena and Jordan, and step-grandchild, Ethan.

In his life and career, Richard espouses the residual rewards that come from lending a helping hand. “At the end of the day, I like knowing that I was able to help someone in need,” he says. “For me, being in business is not just about making money; it’s about being satisfied with my work. I get great satisfaction from performing the work itself and helping people in their homes.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Richard says he’d pursue his favorite hobby in a new setting. “The first thing I would do is go on a vacation to Christmas Island. It has oceans that go for miles with knee-deep water, which are the perfect conditions for fly-fishing.”

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

American Standard Bathtubs & Showers
Aquatic Whirlpool Tubs
Jacuzzi Bathtubs
Jason Wirlpool Bathtubs
Kohler Bathtubs & Showers
Barclay Bath Tubs
Cheviot Bathtubs
Porcher Bath tubs
MAAX Bathtubs
Neo-Metro Tubs
Herbeau Bathtubs
Premier Bathtubs
Sterling Bath Tubs
Toto Bathtubs
Lasco Bathware
Bartok Design Bath Tubs
Simply Bathtubs
Duravit Bathtubs
American Bath Factory
Aqua Glass Bath Tubs
Aquatic Industries Tubs
Bain Ultra Bathtubs
Hinoki Soaking Tubs
Hoesch America Bathtubs
Jetta Bathtubs
Dream Line Showers
Neptune Showers
ThermaSol Steam Showers

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new bathtubs
corner showers
frameless showers
shower enclosures
shower stalls
shower bases
glass showers
shower seats
fiberglass showers
bathtub refinishing
shower installation
bathtub installation
spa showers
shower units
bathroom showers
clawfoot bathtubs
bathtub reglazing
cast iron bathtubs
soaking bath tub
tile bathtub
acrylic bathtub
Jacuzzi bathtub
jetted bathtub
freestanding bathtub
porcelain bathtub
antique bathtub
deep bathtub

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The following organizations and associations offer licensing, education and additional information for and about tub and shower replacement services in the Greater Bay Area and beyond.

American Subcontractors Association (ASA) (http://www.asaonline.com/)
Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) (http://www.nari.org/)
North Coast Builders Exchange (NCBE) (http://www.ncbeonline.com/)
National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) (http://www.nkba.org/)

Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Contractor

Your quest for a satisfying bathtub or shower project begins by clarifying what you want. You can start by asking yourself the following questions.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Are you planning to replace your bathtub or shower, or line or refinish it? Is your tub already lined or previously refinished?
  • Are you looking for a custom-designed bathtub or shower?
  • What kind of bathtub do you prefer? Design options include built-in (shower and tub combination), free-standing (clawfoot or legged), soaking, or specialty fixtures such as a whirlpool.
  • What kind of finish are you considering? Solid colors, granite appearance, marble appearance, or tile appearance?
  • Do you want any special features like grab bars, additional shelving, or a raised bathtub platform?
  • Do you plan to maintain your current bathroom floor plan?
  • If your job involves tile work, are you considering ceramic, porcelain, stone, or other materials?
  • Are you aware of any related plumbing issues that may need to be addressed? Poor water pressure, leaking pipe, noisy pipe, loose pipe, lack of hot or cold water, or draining or flushing problems?
  • What is the best price you can find for your top selections of new bathtubs or showers? What other materials are required (for example, caulk and tile), and how much will they add to the total cost?
  • What is your budget for the entire project, including materials and labor?
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What To Ask In Person
In-Person Interview Questions for Bathtub and Shower Contractors in Alameda County

The following questions will help you start your in-person interview process with local contractors. It’s wise to write down the answers you get from each bathtub and shower remodeler so you can narrow down which company is the best choice for your project.

For an interview customized to your needs, add your own questions to the ones below:

  • Is the bathtub and shower contractor experienced in and equipped to perform the specific type of bathroom remodel you've described?
  • Does the shower contractor you're interviewing have any creative or technical input on the kind of work that you’ve opted to do? For instance, does the bathtub replacement contractor think your existing bathtub should be refinished or replaced? What are the relevant considerations with regards to space, plumbing, and design? Do your faucets or tile need to be replaced or simply repaired?
  • Does the bathtub and shower contractor have a portfolio and references you may contact?
  • What is the shower and tub contractor’s timeline for bidding, contracting, and completing the work?
  • Will permits be needed for the remodeled bathtub or shower? If so, who will be responsible for getting them?
  • Do the bathtub replacement contractor's employees do the work, or do they hire subcontractors for the remodeling? Can the Alameda County bathtub and shower contractors you're considering complete all phases of the job?
  • How and when do the bathtub companies clean up after their work?
     
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  • What To Ask References
    Learn from Previous Bathtub and Shower Customers in Alameda County and the Bay Area

    Previous customers can offer an abundance of information about the kind of work you’ll get from a contractor before you even sign a contract.

    All Diamond Certified companies are rated on the basis of independent research and carefully conducted consumer surveys that leave little room for doubt about the kind of service you’ll receive. You can read Diamond Certified reports on all certified companies, including verbatim survey responses.

    You won't have to worry about dubious ratings or fabricated reviews, because Diamond Certified research is conducted using telephone interviews of a large, random sample of actual customers.

    Request a list of the contractors five most recent customers and contact them with questions about their experience with the contractor and satisfaction with the finished product.

    Some relevant questions include:

    • What was the nature of your bathtub and shower project? (i.e. bathtub replacement, bathtub reglazing, new shower installation, bathtub and shower combination replacement, etc.)
    • Was the work completed in a timely manner?
    • Were you satisfied with the quality of the bathtub and shower services you received?
    • Did you encounter unanticipated costs or contractual disagreements?
    • Did you feel you received a fair price?
    • Why did you choose to work with this specific bathtub and shower contractor?
    • What were you most pleased or displeased with?
    • Would you hire this bathtub and shower contractor for another project?
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  • Review Your Options
    Final Questions Before Selecting a Local Shower and Bathtub Company

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Now that you have all the available information in front of you, including estimates, references, credentials, and if available, the endorsement of Diamond Certified, you’re ready to select the contractor that is the best fit for your bathtub and shower remodel.

    • Which shower and bathtub contractor’s estimate best aligns with your budget?
    • Which contractor’s portfolio is closest to your tastes and preferences?
    • Which bathtub and shower contractor’s Diamond Certified report and previous customer responses reflect what you most want from your contractor?
    • Can one contractor better meet your needs in terms of scheduling, budget, products and services?
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  • How To Work With
    Write a Contract for Bathtub and Shower Installation Services

    Once you’ve decided which contractor best suits your needs, the last step before work begins is to negotiate and sign a contract. A contract is a legal agreement that outlines and protects the interests of both parties. It is one of the most important steps when working with contractor, and will make sure that both parties are clear about what a job will entail in costs, payments, and timeframe. Your contract should detail how and when the work will be done, which materials are necessary, and how much each material costs. A good contract can spare you the headache of legal action down the line.

    Start your contract by making a list of all responsibilities of both parties. For example, is the contractor responsible for purchasing and moving materials? Who is going to obtain the permits, if necessary? Next, determine an agreed upon price for all the involved materials and labor. This is where your preliminary pricing research comes in handy and may include items such as tile, caulk, and faucet fixtures.

    If you found materials cheaper, tell your contractor where. Also, don’t be afraid to bring up estimates that other contractors provided you, if they are lower than the contractor you’ve selected. This can help in negotiating a better price for your bathtub and shower remodel. Finally, review the estimate your chosen bathtub and shower contractor has provided and recommend any changes.

    Be sure to include a clause dictating that you wish to approve any costs above the agreed-upon amount. Finally, a guarantee of the quality of the work and all warranty time periods should be specifically noted. Once you have agreed upon a price that fits your budget, a timeline in which the work is to be completed, and a schedule for submitting payments, your bathtub and shower contractor can begin your remodel.

    Obtain and Compare Free Written Estimates of All Costs Involved in Replacing Your Shower or Tub
    After you have discussed the nature of your specific project in detail with prospective licensed Alameda County contractors, you should obtain a complete, written estimate of charges for all labor and itemized costs of all materials involved. This may include items such as refinishing materials, tile, caulk, handles, and faucets, and an estimate of labor hours for each phase of the project along with the cost per hour.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Be a Good Bathtub and Shower Remodel Client

    It's the bathtub and shower contractor’s job to provide you with a quality product using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your bathtub and shower remodel too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an Alameda County bathtub and shower contractor.

    • Be clear and upfront with the contractor. Let them know what you want from your bathtub and shower, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way in keeping a positive and effective working relationship with your Alameda County bathtub and shower company.
    • Before you hire a bathtub and shower contractor in Alameda County restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the bathtub and shower remodel representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your bathtub and shower contractor if you should reach out to check on the progress or if he will contact you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re remodeling your bathtub and shower. The work will move along more smoothly if your bathtub and shower contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the project on schedule.
    • Pay for the bathtub and shower materials and work promptly according to your contract.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Most bathtub contractors in Alameda County appreciate customers who are honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior helps create an environment conducive to a good working relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Inspect the Quality of the Completed Shower and Bathtub Services

The last step in your Alameda County bathtub and shower remodel project is to make sure that the work you receive is what you desired. It should be fairly obvious if your contractor has installed a bathtub, shower, tile, or faucets that are different from those you selected. In addition to this, be sure to inspect that all non-visible parts are in working order. Make sure drains, hot and cold knobs, lights, jets, switches, and dials all function as they should.

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Written Warranties
Ask for New Shower and Replacement Bathtub Warranties in Writing

Ask to keep copies outlining the details of all warranties and guarantees that apply to both the materials used in your bathtub and shower remodel and the service provided.

Complete written warranties should include:

  • A physical address for the shower and bathtub manufacturer or installation provider.
  • The bathtub contractor's license number.
  • A list of all products or services covered by the warranty.
  • What your responsibilities include in the event that bathtub and shower products or services received are defective.
  • The length and transferability of the warranty term.
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Top 10 Requests
Common Services Requested of Bathtub and Shower Companies in Alameda County

Bathtub and shower contractors in Alameda County are often qualified to perform a wide range of tasks, but some bathtub and shower remodel projects are more common than others. The most requested Alameda County bathtub and shower remodel services include the following.

Bathtub and Shower Refinishing
This consists of painting and sealing a bathtub, shower base, or tile area, rather than lining it or replacing it entirely. Refinishing can restore a like-new appearance in the short term, but limitations include that is simply a clean-up of your existing fixture, rather than a completely new design with different features. Because the paint tends to fade, wear, and chip over time, it is regarded as a temporary solution. However refinishing is significantly less expensive than purchasing a new tub or lining, and can save you several thousand dollars.

Bath and Shower Door Replacement
Shower doors come in a variety of styles. There are sliding doors, swinging doors, and jointed corner shower enclosures. You also have a variety of glass textures and frosting patterns to choose from, along with a host of metal frame finishes. Most are also treated with coatings that keep the glass looking clean and minimize buildup. A Alameda County bathtub and shower contractor who specializes in shower doors will help you find an installation that suits your preferences and fits your bathtub and shower fixture.

Bathtub and Shower Repair

Bathtubs and showers experience constant wear and tear, and depending upon the type of material your bathtub and shower is composed of, damage may be reparable. Porcelain can become chipped, tile grout can wear out, and fiberglass can crack. Fortunately, bathtub and shower contractors can perform simple repairs and maintenance on your existing fixtures to prevent all of these issues from turning into bigger problems, and save you thousands of dollars in bathtub and shower replacement costs.

Bathtub and Shower Combination Replacement
This common remodel simply involves replacing an existing bathtub and shower combination fixture with a new fixture of the same variety, as opposed to converting to a shower-only or bath-only fixture. It’s an easier, cost-effective way to give your bathroom the feel of a full remodel at a fraction of the cost. The wealth of options at your disposal, from materials to colors to finishes, mean that this remodel will have a dramatic effect on the appearance of your bathroom. Along with style, factors such as durability and cost should also be taken into account.

Bathtub Surrounds
A bathtub surround is a three to five panel wall that covers the interior walls of a bathtub and shower area. An attractive, well-chosen surround can give your bathtub and shower area a like-new appearance without actually replacing the bathtub fixture itself. They are typically used in built-in alcove tub designs, and can provide you with a wide range of design options, including colors, textures, and shelving or safety handle layouts.

Bathtub Faucet Replacement
Fixing a leaky faucet can spare you the headache of a constant drip and also provide an attractive new element to spruce up your bathtub and shower. A damaged shower pan or a leaky pipe could be causing the drip, which could wind up compounding problems by causing water damage in the walls if there is internal leakage. A bathtub repair contractor can locate the exact problem and let you know whether the faucet, pipes, or fittings need repair or replacement.

ADA Tubs, Safety Tubs, and Handicapped Accessible Bathtubs and Showers
ADA tubs are designed to provide comfort and easy accessibility to seniors, the disabled, or anyone else with limited mobility. They often incorporate additional features such as grab bars, seats, and massage systems and eliminate steps up or down. Because of their additional features, installing a safety tub is typically a more expensive project, but can pay off by providing physical relief and therapeutic qualities.

Bathtub to Shower Conversion
People who feel like they don’t get enough use out of their bathtubs often opt to convert them to showers for ease and accessibility. Bathtub and shower contractors offer “shower surrounds” that replace your existing bathtub with a leak proof shower base, leaving you with a large shower enclosure the size of your bathtub area.

Shower to Bathtub Conversion
Many homeowners prefer the luxury of a bathtub, and opt to replace an existing shower-stall fixture with a tub or shower-tub combination. This is a more complicated project than a bathtub to shower conversion, and there are several things to consider first. Is your existing shower large enough for a comfortably sized bathtub? Would the existing drain need to be resized or rerouted? Will the floor support the weight of a new bathtub?

Bathtub and Shower Liner Installation
Rather than replacing an existing fixture entirely, many customers opt to install a custom-made bathtub liner. Often made of durable, scratch-resistant acrylic, this upgrades fit seamlessly over your bathtub to provide a like-new appearance. They come in a variety of colors, finishes, and styles, including tub-only linings, one-piece tub-and-wall linings, marble appearance, and tile appearance.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Used By Local Shower and Bathtub Companies

acrylic
A mid-range bathtub and shower material, more expensive and durable than fiberglass, moldable, with a glassy look. Not the same as a gel coat.

ADA tub
A tub that satisfies the criteria of the Americans with Disabilities Act, with special features such as additional safety handles, safety grab bars, shower seats, walk-in capabilities and other safety and accessibility features.

Also known as: safety tub, walk-in tub, step-in shower, handicap bathtub, rehabilitation bathtub

alcove tub
A standard built-in bathtub-shower combination, recessed, with walls on three sides.

Also known as: 3-wall alcove

built-in tub
The most common bathtub style, in which the tub is surrounded by walls on two or three sides, and/or built down into the floor.

cast iron tub
A metal bathtub cast over a mold and typically coated with enamel. A highly durable, though expensive, variety of bathtub, often found in freestanding style.

clawfoot tub
A kind of freestanding bathtub, popular in the mid-1800s, with an old-fashioned flavor, that features a clawfoot leg design. Typically cast-iron, or steel with a white porcelain finish.

corner tub
A drop-in deck mounted bathtub that fits into a corner.

cultured marble
A solid surface material made of stone dust mixed with resins, aesthetically pleasing and more expensive, but higher maintenance and easily damaged. Marble tends to yellow over time and stains easily.

drop-in tub
A built-in bathtub built down into the floor and supported by a frame. A tub that you have to step down into rather climb up into. Drop-in tubs typically do not come in shower-combo form.

enamel
An opaque seal applied over metal bathtub and shower fixtures, such as a cast iron tub.

freestanding tub
Bathtubs that are unattached, not supported by an external frame or enclosed by walls. Faucets are typically mounted on the side of the bathtub, but can also be wall or floor mounted.

fiberglass
An inexpensive bathtub and shower material, fiberglass is also lightweight and low maintenance. However, finish options are limited, and it is less durable than most other bathtub and shower options.

gel coat
A thin material used to finish a fiberglass base on tubs, showers, and walls. A worn out gel coat can cause the base item to stain.

GPM
A measurement of the flow of water through a faucet or showerhead in gallons per minute.

Greek tub
A soaking tub that is shorter in length than a Roman bathtub, but allows a person to soak up to the neck while in an upright sitting position, rather than a laying position.

grout
A porous material made of cement and sand used to fill the seams between tile. Porous nature can allow mold and mildew to form.

handshower
A showerhead design in which the head is connected to a flexible hose and allows greater range and distribution of the water flow.

Jacuzzi
A brand name of whirlpool tubs, not a designation of a specific style of whirlpool tub.

lining
A sheet of PVC plastic or acrylic molded to the shape of a bathtub or shower, then glued and sealed. More expensive than refinishing, but can dramatically change the appearance of your bathtub or shower fixture through features such as handles or shelving.

pedestal tub
A freestanding bathtub with no feet, but rather set directly on an oval base, or pedestal. Faucets are typically installed on the floor or wall. Simpler to install, but more expensive and less common, and may feature fewer customizable options.

porcelain on steel tub
A bathtub with a steel base coated with white ceramic. Very durable, but less durable than cast iron.

porcelain
A white ceramic material fired at a high temperature and used as a surface layer on many metal fixtures.

porous and non-porous
Terms referring to the penetrability of the surface of a fixture. A porous material has tiny holes, and is susceptible to mold, mildew, and stains. Non-porous materials are solid and are not susceptible to mold, mildew, or stains.

pressure balance valve
A shower valve that regulates fluctuations in pressure between the hot and cold water supplies to maintain a constant temperature in the water flow, though pressure may vary.

refinishing
Painting and sealing a bathtub, shower base, or tile area. Can restore a like-new appearance in the short term, but the paint tends to wear and chip over time. Cheaper but less effective than lining a fixture.

Also known as: Reglazing, ceramic tile refinishing, resurfacing.

Roman tub
Taking from ancient Roman bathtub design, a soaking tub that is longer and sunk slightly into the floor.

shower pan
In a shower-only fixture, the base through which the water drains.

Also known as: shower base

skirt
On some bathtubs, the frontal area between the top rim of the tub, the wall, and the floor.

soaking tub
A deeper bathtub, meant to allow a person to soak their entire body. Typically does not come in a shower-combo option.

wall surround
A term describing the exposed walled area that surrounds a tub or shower base. The “wet” wall space inside a tub or shower enclosure.

whirlpool tub
A bathtub that circulates water through jets to provide the sensation of a massage. Good for relaxation and therapeutic purposes. Because of their electrical components, including an electric pump and timer, installation is more complex. Typically found in alcove or drop-in tub form and can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

wooden bathtub
A unique and more expensive bathtub material, aesthetically pleasing and often highly customizable.  Also, wood may warp or crack over time. Can be stained, sealed, or painted. Can be covered with clear fiberglass to increase lifespan.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ About New Showers and Tubs

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified bathtub and shower contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a bathtub and shower contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only bathtub and shower remodel contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified bathtub and shower contractor.

Q: How long does a typical bathtub or shower remodel take?
A: This depends on the nature of your project. A simple refinish should only take one day, and a bathtub and shower lining should take no more than two days of actual work time. However, installing brand new fixtures or custom fixtures, changing the floor plan, or changing the style of your fixture all dramatically increase the timeline. Selecting materials and finalizing terms can take 2 to 3 weeks, ordering and delivering materials can take 3 to 6 weeks, removing old materials can take 2 to 3 days, installing new materials can take 1 to 3 weeks, and finishing touches and clean up can take an extra week.

Q: Will my bathroom and shower contractor be able to help me choose materials and obtain permits, if necessary?

A: Qualified, licensed bathtub and shower contractors will definitely offer creative and technical expertise in the decision-making process, steering you clear of materials that may not fit your budget or size-constraints, and lending their advice on various materials and manufacturers they’ve worked with. They will also most likely have a portfolio of design options you can peruse, and will know the ins and outs of obtaining building permits.

Q: Is refinishing a bathtub a good alternative to replacing the tub? What about lining?
A: Refinishing a bathtub can help restore your existing fixture to a like-new appearance, and also save you several thousand dollars. Limitations include that is simply a clean up of your existing fixture, rather than a completely new design with different features, and that it is a temporary solution. The paint and glaze in a refinishing job may begin to fade, wear, or chip over time, and is typically less durable than a brand new fixture. However, many refinishers will offer surface guarantees of up to five years, which is longer than the typical new bathtub warranty. Lining is a more expensive but also more durable option that provides the added benefit of additional features, such as a lined bathtub and shower wall with handles and shelves.

Q: How much can I expect to spend for a bathtub and shower remodel?
A: This depends entirely upon the kind of project you undertake. Remodel costs can range from a $300 bathtub refinish to a $10,000+ ultramodern bathtub fixture. Custom bathtub and shower designs raise the price even more. Expect installation to account for about a quarter of the total cost.  A “basic” built-in unit, including installation, and removal of your existing unit, would typically cost in the $1500-3500 range, depending on ease of access, quality of the new fixture, and additional modifications in plumbing, flooring, and tile.

Q: What is a typical payment schedule?
A: Most contracting firms will require 30-50% up front at the time the contract is signed, an additional 30-40% upon delivery of the materials, and the balance upon completion.

Q: Can my Alameda bathtub and shower contractor help me create a design and select products that look good?
A: Many larger bathroom and shower contractors have a bathroom designer and interior decorator on staff who can help you select fixtures that will be an attractive fit for the rest of your bathroom, or provide a optimal first step in a complete bathroom overhaul in the future.

Q: What is a typical warranty for bathtub and shower fixtures and contracting remodel services?
A: Many contractors will guarantee their work for one to five years after completion of a bathtub and shower remodel, depending on the type of work. Bathtub and shower manufacturers typically offer a 1 to 2 year guarantee against surface defects, and a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects that prevent the fixture from holding water. 

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