Bath Fitter frustrates me beyond unfathomable belief, both as a company model and as a product. I know, I know, I've said this before. They prey on low-end with not-so-well paid employees to exceed the bottom line. We have it in our heads that a "chain" or "franchise" of a product is a good thing (look at McDonald's, Wendy's, and Home Depot for example) and some of those are good things, but the question of quality versus quantity is all to often absent in our purchasing decisions. Bath Fitter is by far the worst possible solution anyone could consider in a bathroom remodel.
Here are Bath Fitter's claims:
- Provide a long-term bathroom remodeling solution
- Acrylic bathtubs and shower enclosures made of high-gloss, non-porous and stain-resistant acrylic material
- They last for years to come
- Provide grab bars, accessories, corner seats
- Bathroom remodeling in just a day
- One-piece, seamless liner installations last a lifetime
- Liners are installed with quality and efficiently
- No sub-contractors, everyone's an employee
- Bath Fitter anything but a bathroom remodel. It is like you are covering your bathroom in cling-wrap and leaving it in the back of the refrigerator for a couple of months till you ask yourself "What's that smell?"
- The acrylic is made who knows where under secret conditions and therefore the quality and performance is unknown. It will likely fade, and much like Glad Ware under the intense heat of a dishwasher, it will ripple and look like trailer trash in no time at all.
- The liner is installed over-top of your existing conditions. Say what?!? None of the moisture, safety, or cosmetic issues are resolved. They continue to exist beneath a sealed acrylic surface and this is extremely unhealthy.
- Grab bars and accessories must be installed with blocking in the walls or you will continue fall when you really need them. Any other installation can not be guaranteed to perform under stress. How will that welt from the grab bar look on your head, because it is like holding onto a picture frame while falling.
- Yup, it's a bathroom high-gloss-remodeling in just a day. This normally takes about 6 weeks for it to be done well.
- Installations can not last a lifetime. See #3.
- Products are installed by sub-trades people (I've read their "employment" ads and squirted coffee out my nose) and there have been general concerns by the customers about this.