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Why Trust Diamond Certified Bathtub and Shower Companies Rated Highest in Quality?

CONCORD — 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:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

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 Contra Costa County – Bathtubs & Showers CATEGORY

Kimeri Opacic is marketing director of ReBath by Schicker, a Diamond Certified company since 2009. She can be reached at (925) 309-5867 or by email.

Kimeri Opacic

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Kimeri Opacic: A Firsthand Perspective

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CONCORD – After five years as marketing director for ReBath by Schicker, Kimeri Opacic’s only regret is that she didn’t always know what she now knows about bathroom remodeling. “I bought a house in 1998 that was stuck in the ’70s, and it’s been one big remodeling project ever since,” she explains. “When it came to remodeling the master bathroom, I went the traditional route and did a lot of legwork myself. It turned out to be a lot of trial and error, with me going back and forth between multiple locations to find fixtures and components, many of which I had to return because they were the wrong size or incompatible with the design. After going through that experience and now working for a bathroom remodeling company, it’s easy for me to see the value in hiring a company that handles every aspect in-house.”

Originally from Sacramento, Kimeri relocated to the Bay Area in 1986, where she continues to reside in Walnut Creek with her husband, George, and their son, Tyler. Outside of her role as a marketing consultant, she describes herself as a soccer mom in the most literal sense. “My son plays competitive soccer and my husband coaches, so for much of the year I’m likely to be found on the sidelines of a soccer field.” While she enjoys being part of the action, Kimeri also appreciates spending time with her family off the field. “I really enjoy just hanging out with them, whether going out to eat, going to the movies or taking long walks with our golden retriever, Max.”

In her life and career, Kimeri emphasizes the importance of honesty. “As a consultant, I believe honesty is always the best policy,” she affirms. “When you’re serving customers, it’s important to be upfront with them, take responsibility for your actions and make good on your promises, because that’s what can make or break your reputation. Unexpected issues or mistakes can happen in any situation, but it’s usually in the best interest of all parties involved to just be upfront and honest rather than cover things up or deny responsibility.”

When asked the first thing she’d do if she could retire tomorrow, Kimeri says she’d catch a plane and head to Europe’s wine belt. “I’d like to spend a month or two in Italy and France. I’ve been there once, and I’ve wanted to go back ever since.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What was the name of your first pet?
A: Gigi—a fitting name for a purebred French poodle.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Mustards Grill in Napa.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Music—I played the violin and was part of a youth symphony.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: My Raggedy Ann doll.

Q: Do you share a birthday with anyone famous?
A: Bruce Willis and Glenn Close.

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Remodeling a Bathroom to Age in Place

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CONCORD — When remodeling your bathroom, it’s important to consider how long you plan to live in your home and if you want to age in place. If so, you’ll want to take measures to improve safety and accessibility in your… Read more

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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.

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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.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Jose Sharks.

Q: What’s your favorite band?
A: It’s a tie between Coldplay and U2.

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Spring, because I get to spend time in my garden.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Doritos.

Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?
A: Godzilla.

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An Easy Way to Clear a Drain

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LIVERMORE — If you have a clogged sink or shower drain, you may assume it’ll take a special tool or professional expertise to remedy the situation. In reality, this is something you can likely fix yourself by employing a simple… Read more

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

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

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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 Shower and Tub Contractor in Contra Costa County

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
Interview Contra Costa County Bath and Shower Contractors In Person

First, narrow down your choices by interviewing local shower and bathtub replacement companies in Contra Costa County or your area. Then use the following questions to supplement your own as you interview local shower and bathtub companies in person. Write down the answers you get so that you can recall what each company told you.

  • Does the shower and tub contractor have any creative or technical input on the kind of work that you need done? For instance, does the contractor think your existing bathtub should be refinished, lined, 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 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?
  • Is the bathtub and shower contractor experienced in and equipped to perform the specific type of bathroom remodel you've described?
  • How and when do the contractors clean up after their work?
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  • What To Ask References
    Learn from Previous Bathtub and Shower Customers in Contra Costa County

    Previous customers can give you a wealth 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 profiling all certified companies, including survey responses. You’ll never 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.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified bathtub and shower contractor near you, you can still collect references from the contractors you contact. Taking a little time to survey previous customers on their experience with a contractor removes much of the guesswork involved in selecting the contractor that’s right for you.

    Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the bathtub and shower contractors themselves are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their 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?
    • Was the work completed in a timely manner?
    • Were you satisfied with the quality of the work 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 Considerations Before Hiring the Best Shower and Bathtub Contractor for You

    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 best suits your bathtub and shower remodel.

    • Which contractor’s estimate best aligns with your budget?
    • Which contractor’s Diamond Certified reports and previous customer responses are the most enthusiastic and best match your needs and expectations?
    • Which bathtub and shower contractor can best meet your needs in terms of products and construction details?
    • Which contractor’s portfolio is closest to your tastes and preferences?

    With the right bathtub contractor on your side, you are sure to set yourself up for a rewarding, headache-free bathtub and shower remodel.

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  • How To Work With
    Write a Contract for Shower and Bathtub Renovation 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. A good contract can spare you the headache of legal action down the line. It is one of the most important steps to undertaking any job with a contractor, and will make sure that both parties are clear about what a job will entail in costs, payments, and timeframe. Your contract should outline how and when the work will be done, which materials are necessary, and how much each material costs.

    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 refinishing materials, tile, caulk, and faucet fixtures. If you found materials cheaper, tell your contractor where.

    Don’t be afraid to bring up estimates that other contractors provided you. 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 cost within 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 Written Estimates
    After you have discussed the nature of your specific project in detail with prospective licensed Sonoma 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
    How Can You Be a Good Bathtub and Shower Remodel Client?

    The bathtub and shower contractor has a responsibility 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 steps you can take to be a responsible customer when hiring a Contra Costa 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!
    • Before you hire a bathtub and shower contractor in Contra Costa 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 should you care about being a good customer? Bathtub and shower contractors in Contra Costa County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest, and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone for the project and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Inspect and Verify the Quality of the Shower and Bath Tub Services

The last step in your Contra Costa County bathtub and shower remodel project is to make sure that the work you receive is the work you desired. It should be apparent if your contractor has installed a bathtub, shower, tile, or faucets that are different from those you selected. 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 do what they are supposed to.

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Written Warranties
Ask for All Shower and Bathtub Replacement 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.

For your protection, good written warranties should include:

  • A physical address for the bathtub/shower manufacturer or bathtub installation provider.
  • The shower and bathtub installers' state license number.
  • A list of all shower products or bathtub installation services covered by the warranty.
  • What your responsibilities include in the event that products or services received are defective.
  • The length and transferability of the warranty term.
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Top 10 Requests
Popular Requests for Contra Costa County Bathtub and Shower Contractors

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

Bathtub to Shower Conversion
People who feel like they don’t get enough use out of their bathtubs often choose 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 a few 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.

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 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 Contra Costa 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 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 save you the headache of a constant drip and also offer 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.

Top Bathtub Brands for Local Bathtub Replacement Companies
There are many reliable bathtub and shower manufacturers who have a history of high quality products backed by guarantees. If you are searching for a brand new bathtub or shower, here’s a list of some of the top brands in the industry:

  • Porcher Bathtubs and Showers
  • MAAX Bathtubs
  • American Standard Showers and Bathtubs
  • Neo Metro
  • Herbeau Creations
  • Toto Bathtubs and Showers
  • Bartok Design Bath Tubs
  • Simply Bathtubs
  • Kohler Bathtubs & Showers
  • Cheviot Bathtubs
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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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