BATH RESURFACING VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

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So finally we have ventured into video and produced a video about our bath resurfacing services.

This video particularly helps explain all about our “ROLLS ROYCE” technique and why we are the UK’S leading bath resurfacing, re enamelling and repair company. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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There will be more YOUTUBE videos to come on our services and different tips and advice on caring for your bath. Do let us know if you want us to cover anything specific.

We currently re enamel baths and basins in London Edinburgh, Glasgow, Brighton and most major cities. We are expanding all the time so if you need help do contact us.

Bathroom Wallpaper

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 Bathroom Wallpaper

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A lot of people worry about whether or not they can use wallpaper in the bathroom. The answer is yes. Just don’t use it in areas of the bathroom where there is prolonged contact with water.
 
Wallpaper is a great way to add colour to any bathroom. Before you choose your paper design you should bear in mind it’s best that the paper be in keeping with the style of bathroom. For example you may have a Victorian bathroom and just want to restore that. Or an Art Deco bathroom. Look for wallpaper that would be in keeping with whatever style you have decided on. Some people opt for most of the bathroom being papered. The majority of us will mix tiles, cladding or paint with the wallpaper. Try not to mix too many coverings though as your bathroom can begin to look cluttered. Even one wall decorated with a stylish print or bright paint can make a dull or boring bathroom look completely different.
 
It is very easy to transform your bathroom with wallpaper. You can then buy some lovely accessories that compliment the new wallpaper. Matching luxury towels and a new rug can add some style. If you then freshen the bathroom suite up by having it resurfaced your bathroom can look like a designer showroom in very little time.
 
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The main benefit of Bathroom wallpaper is that it will hide imperfections in the wall a bit better than paint. If the wall is in really bad condition however even the best wallpaper cannot disguise this and it is best to have the wall plastered before any paper is hung.
 
There are ranges of wallpaper designed specifically to cope with the steamy conditions of a bathroom. These papers are usually vinyl-based and will withstand splashes. They should not be used in any place where they will come into prolonged contact with water. So around the bath or shower isn’t ideal. If you have a free-standing bath that has lots of room around it then it can work, or a Shower that is encased in glass as below. Generally those area are often best tiled whilst the rest of the bathroom is painted or papered.
 
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Virtually every taste can be catered for by wallpaper designs these days. The ranges are extensive. You can have a Edwardian classic bathroom, vintage 1920’s style bathroom, Retro 1950’s or a modern up to the minute bathroom. All will be able to be matched up with numerous appropriate styles of wallpaper.
 
Designer prints are fantastic but for a more modest budget there are some great ranges available from B&Q and Homebase. For something a little different why not try http://designerwallcoverings.com/WallpaperStore/

 

 Contact The Bath Resurfacing & Re-enamelling specialists about restoring your existing suite.
 

A Brief Summary of the Year so far at the Bath Business

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Finlay givingth THUMBS UP!

 

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The blog has been somewhat neglected by The Bath Business this year.

The main reason was our new addition.

FINLAY MICHAEL MOFFAT. Born on the 3rd of January 2010 weighing in at a healthy 8 lb 13 oz  and a rather long 59cm.

Finlay has turned out to be charming little boy. He is very relaxed and good-natured. Like his bigger brother, Arran, he is also very physical and we don’t think it will be many more weeks before he is walking around. His big brother Arran, who has recently turned 3 years old, is busy teaching Finlay everything he knows. Between them they are managing to keep us on our toes.

Here are some pictures of Finlay and Arran

Finlay givingth THUMBS UP!

Happy baby Finlay

 

The boys have not quite taken our full attention however. We have been extremely busy here at THE BATH BUSINESS. We have taken on three new chaps to help cope with the demand for our services. Rick, Richard and Dean. Another two very recently, Shaun and David. Our chaps are specialists and more than ready and able to restore your bath or bathroom suite to its former glory. Now we have even more coverage for London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Brighton, Kent, Tunbridge Wells, Manchester, Birmingham Canterbury, Surrey as well as London and the home counties.

We have also opened a workshop in Horley, Surrey. This means we can restore your bath, wash basin, bidet or toilet at our workshop whilst you continue with your bathroom renovations. We are also providing BESPOKE Finishes for individual baths. This service is proving very popular, particularly with Interior Designers. Here are some pictures of some of our workshop work.

 

That’s quite a bit to keep us busy but we decided we needed to provide even more services for our customers.

Frequently we are asked to restore or refurbish bathroom taps as they are stiff or dripping or simply lost their shine. We are often asked about chrome plating or nickel plating taps or even cast iron feet. We can do this now. Antique or original taps and feet on a bath can look wonderful when restored and doing so can provide the finishing touch to your renovation works.

As if that were not enough we are also busy restoring some original freestanding roll top baths. These are now up for SALE. Original and reproduction bathroom taps, wash basins and accessories are also available.

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So blogging, babies, boys, baths, basins, workmen, workshops, taps and twitter have kept us very busy so far this year. By the end of the year no doubt we will have even more to announce 🙂

A Bath Resurfacing project in Bridge of Allan

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05/03/09

I went to Bridge of Allan to do a job. The main thing the customer wanted was a chipped area of the bath repaired. Apparently it had just had a little chip originally, but one time he was in the bathroom,  the area around the chip just started flying off the bath until there was a large area that was just exposed cast iron.

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I went and had Lunch in Bridge of Allan itself. It’s not a huge town by any means. Just one street with shops and restaurants on it. Lots of restaurants. They were all very upmarket. I was quite surprised by this. I mentioned it to the customer and he said that Bridge of Allan had rail and road links to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, good schools and a rural location and as such was much in demand as a place for the affluent to live.Not fitting into this category I was unaware of this haven in the countryside. It certainly is a beautiful place.

It also started snowing again. I was planning to go to Helensburgh to visit some family after I’d finished work and wasn’t sure I was going to make it if the snow kept up.

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Snowing in Bridge of Allan.

The Customer and his wife run a company called Bouvrage. They produce all natural berry drinks from raspberries and European Blueberry. You can visit their website at www.bouvrage.com if you’d like to know more.

Got the job finished and did make it to Helensburgh. Scottish weather can be a bit unpredictable and annoying at times but it never got in the way of getting the job done and seeing the family. That makes a nice wee change.

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Finished job.

An Interesting climate change – Edinburgh to Melrose

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04/03/09

I was in Edinburgh and travelled down to Melrose to resurface a bath. In Edinburgh it felt quite spring-like (as it should be) but as I travelled down you start to climb a bit and it eventually got quite wintery.

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View from A68 looking down to the Firth of Forth.

Melrose itself is a very typical Scottish Borders town. Pretty but small. Lots of independent shops doing their own thing.A great place to visit and like most of the Borders town a very pretty place as well.

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Melrose

The bath I was resurfacing was in a house that dated from the 1880’s, and the owners thought that the bath was original. It was a plunger bath and these are very old baths. It seemed very likely this bath was original to the house as there was a button above the bath that you could push to ring a bell for a servant. If the bath was original then it was one of the very first cast iron baths. It has the unusual feature of the plunger for the bath also acting as the overflow. You don’t see this in later baths.

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Dedicated services in Scotland and England which include:bath re-enamelling, bath chip repairs, bathroom suite resurfacing, enamelling, bathroom renovation, re-enameling, resurfacing, bath re-surfacing, enamel repairs, chipped enamel, original cast iron bath sales, bathtub refinishing, and bath tub resurfacing.

 

A day of work in Sheffield

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04/02/09

I travelled all the way to Sheffield today. It looks like they had had a lot of snow. We have employed a chap to cover this area specifically but I do like to do the odd job myself, especially when we are really busy. Sheffield is really rather nice.

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I got to the job. A very pretty roll-top bath from 1928 was the bath to be resurfaced. It was in excellent condition too. But the customer wanted the holes for the taps filled and that area to look like it had never had taps. He had the new taps coming in over the side of the bath from above. So I filled the holes and resurfaced the bath. Can you tell where the tap holes where? I hop not.

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The house was having a lot of work done to it; an extension being added and so on. One of the sparkies said something to me I didn’t catch. I asked him what he’d said. He laughed and said (refering to my Scottish accent), “Tha’ talks worst than ma!”  “Black”, “kettle”, “pot” and “calling” are some words which spring to mind. And most people think i sound American!

Heading back to the motorway from Sheffield, you pass a church with a crooked spire. I hope you can make it out in the picture. I am pretty sure the spire is meant to be like this.Quite a sight. Does anyone have any information on that Church spire?

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Snow!

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2/2/09

Like a few million other people, I didn’t make it to work today. At the start of my journey, the snow didn’t seem that bad. Headed up the M23 to get onto the M25. Couldn’t get onto the M25. Believe there had been a number of jack-knifed lorries which had closed the road completely.

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Decided to try using smaller roads. At first this was fine but gradually the tarmac was disappearing under snow and eventually it was getting hard to see where the road actually was. But I still thought I would make it to the job.

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Then came to a queue of cars. There was quite a steep hill up ahead, and people were trying, and failing to make it up. It was now about 10:30am and I had been travelling for over 2 hours and had failed to get 20 miles from home. So I turned around and headed home. I ended up playing in the snow with my son, Arran. As you can see he thought it was great fun!arran

What Kinds of Baths Can Be Resurfaced

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There are three main materials baths are made from: Cast-iron, Pressed steel and plastic/Acrylic.

We can resurface all of these.

CAST IRON BATHS.Cast iron is what baths have traditionally been made from. Baths have been made this way for a long time so you come across many different styles from Victorian roll-top baths with clawed feet, 1930’s art-deco style with broad, square shoulders and boxed in with cast-iron panels in matching colour (the most common colour of these baths is green/avocado) through to the much plainer baths of the fifties and sixties which are boxed in with panels made from ply or the like. Then as you get into the 70’s and 80’s you come across baths where the enamel is coloured again, the baths often have handles and again, usually the are boxed in.  The baths themselves are heavy. They do not flex when you get in them. A cast iron bath is very good at retaining the heat from the hot water. So a long soak in a deep cast iron bath is very desirable.We do resurface these baths regularly.

PRESSED STEEL BATHS. These baths are quite common today and are often still used in new-build houses. Generally they look very similar to cast iron baths from the fifties and sixties but are much thinner and lighter. If you rap them with your knuckle you can hear a “ring” from a pressed-steel bath which you won’t get from a cast-iron bath. Usually they are boxed-in. A pressed steel bath is quite easy to transport so, as mentioned earlier, it is quite popular to fit this kind of bath in a new build. We do resurface pressed steel baths.

PLASTIC/ACRYLIC BATHS. Very common from the seventies through to the present. A lot of the bathroom suites you see with strong colours such as burgundy, blue, mustard, green and so on tend to (but no always) have plastic baths. Also these baths tend to come in a wider variation of shapes than the cast or pressed steel baths. You can easily have a reproduction Victorian Roll top made from acrylic or you can have a luxury jacuzzi bath. It is a versatile material. This kind of bath is also very light and easy to install therefor. It can be damaged in transit or whilst fitting. We get called out to repair these fairly frequently.

These baths flex more when you use them and have a layer of plywood or chipboard under the base of them to stiffen and add strength.

A modern trend with plastic baths is to make them from much thicker material so they don’t flex and to do them in a roll-top style rather than boxed in, so you see the outside and feet of the bath.

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The Bath is back in Vogue

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The Bath is back in Vogue

Bath Restoration and Renovation in the UK

Yep, the latest buzzwords in the industry at the moment are ‘freestanding’ and ‘oversized’. The bathtub has made a comeback and here are the latest trends:

· Supersized and spacious

The latest baths are oversized tête-à-tête tubs or relaxing wells. Be warned: With some of these super sized tubs you may have to remove at least one bathroom wall or, ideally, build a spacious new bathroom in a larger room in order to house one of these new trendy tubs.Traditional double ended roll top baths are also still very fashionable.If you have a more traditional style double ended baths with large double washstands fit equally well in the current trends.

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Most designers treat these freestanding baths like works of art by placing them centre stage. Some even include drawings in their catalogues to underline the bath-as-a-focal-point trend.

· Shower feature

Many baths are now topped with a shower head, either directly above (ceiling fitted) or freestanding (floor-mounted on the side).

· Mosaic

Mosaic detail remains as popular as ever in bathroom decor.

· Wood

Baths and basins made of wood is another hot bathroom trend, often in combination with exquisite mosaic-clad walls and floors. These products are inspired by traditional Japanese baths used for long soaking sessions to arm the body and relax tired muscles. The advantage of timber is that it is warm to the touch and an excellent insulator.

· Equilibrium

The concept of the bathroom as a luxurious emotional sanctuary has clearly reached new heights. Design, functionality and a tranquil atmosphere should be combined to create an environment where true equilibrium is possible.

Beautiful Baths – The Bath Business

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Back in the day, a bath in a home was considered an item of luxury and was only found in hotels and the homes of the rich and famous. But today, a bath tub is an integral part of most homes, so much so that many homes have more than just one. In addition to being highly functional and allowing you to be clean, it also makes for a wonderful place to relax. They come in a variety of types to suite every home.

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Built in Baths

These are very popular in most homes and come in various shapes, sizes and materials. They are enclosed onthree sides and open only on the front side. Drop in baths are built into the floor and are at ground level. Another example of a built in bath is a corner bath.

 

Freestanding Baths
As the name suggests the bath stands freely in the bathroom and works best in a bigger bathroom. The taps are usually mounted onto the side on the bath or on the wall. The most popular types of freestanding baths are Clawfoot and Pedestal.Freestanding baths generally are very versatile. They can be placed in the middle of the room or against a wall. There are also a variety of styles both modern and traditional, although, most people commonly think of a traditional roll top bath when they are thinking of a free standing bath.

Shower Baths
Shower baths are typically found in smaller bathrooms as they combine the two functions while saving the homeowner space. Some large freestanding baths could also have a shower hood attached to the bath. This is called a canopy bath. These baths generally were fitted in quite large properties and could be quite an impressive centre piece to a bathroom. They are rare now but are still found. We have restored a few of them.

Speciality Baths
A spa bath or jet bath will help turn your bathroom into a sanctuary of health and relaxation. Tension and stress is melted away by jets of water massaging your body and in turn reduces muscle and joint aches and pains, therefore relaxing, mind body and soul. In recent years, spa baths have become more affordable, with more manufacturers of the product encouraging healthy competition. Spa baths are available in various shapes, sizes and number of jets, so be careful to check these when comparing prices.

Types of Baths
Bath tubs come in an assortment of materials with unique properties that affect the distinct advantages and disadvantages.
Acrylic: Fibreglass is used as a reinforcement material to the vacuum-formed acrylic sheets. This makes the finished product resistant to cracking. They can still get chipped or even look like dents have been taken out of them. However these can be repaired. Acrylic baths are lightweight and relatively inexpensive.

Cast Iron: These baths are among the most expensive baths on the market. Cast Iron baths are made by pouring molten iron into a mould. They are impervious to most chemicals and are almost impossible to dent or scratch.The enamel however can be chipped and if chipped badly the client can be left with an unsightly spot where the original iron is showing through. This can be repaired by a reputable company

Cultured Marble: are not made from marble at all, they are made by mixing limestone with a polyester resin and then finished with a gel coat. The finished product resembles natural marble in appearance. Cultured marble baths are less expensive than cast iron, but more expensive than acrylic.

Solid Surface: Solid surface materials have been used for years as an alternative to natural stone, such as marble and granite, but only recently has it gained popularity in the manufacturing of baths. The material has excellent thermal properties and will maintain the bath water temperature for longer than most other materials.

The trend is towards squared-off basin design, but for baths the bigger the better, try for a bath size of at least 1 700mm.

If you enjoy a bath for two install the bath taps on the wall next to the bath, in this way two people can share the bath comfortably. As the bath is the largest fitting in the bathroom, choose a bath in a design and style that complements the rest décor in your home.

The Bath Business – Restoring Baths to Beautiful Standards

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