LONGMONT – Grout got you grumpy? Tired of scrubbing mold or mildew? Craving a show-stopping countertop?
Refinishing a bathtub, tile wall or countertop not only costs 50 to 70 percent less than new installations, it also banishes mold by locking the refinished surface under a protective, durable and beautiful seal. Plus, refinishing keeps unwanted tubs and countertops out of landfills, rendering it an earth-friendly alternative to remodeling.
Brian Weber, co-owner of Miracle Method of Boulder, has been saving customers money and reinvigorating worn baths and kitchens since 2002. “Refinishing helps people save at least a third of the cost of a total blowout,” Weber said. Most projects are finished in two days – thereby saving homeowners the time and inconvenience of living with a renovation project, as well as the cost of ripping out and replacing valuable tubs, tile and counters. Weber, who runs Miracle Method of Boulder with his wife and her brother, nephew and niece, said the company “aims to do what is best for our customers, both for their wallets and their home.”
Weber and his team refinished K. Harding’s kitchen, bath and bar countertops ten years ago and “they still look like new,” said Harding, who lives in Longmont. Harding wanted to modernize her home, built in 1974, without shoving fixtures into landfills or spending thousands. “I love the new look,” she said. “Miracle Method brought the kitchen to life and really brought it up-to-date.”
Weber transformed Harding’s drab kitchen countertops into gleaming white workhorses flecked with blue. He coated one of her bathroom counters in an off-white, sparkling sealant that is effortless to clean and resists mold growth. “The counters are easier to clean than anything we had before,” Harding said. “I often clean the kitchen counters just with dish soap, and even after ten years, they look awesome.”
Weber said happy customers have kept his business growing for 16 years. “We take time to explain the process and make sure people are aware of their options,” he said. Miracle Method employs a unique process and coating to ensure lasting durability and shine for at least 15 to 20 years. When refinishing, Miracle Method technicians first thoroughly clean the surface and fill and repair chips or scratches. Next the surface is treated with MM-4, a propriety bonding agent that creates a molecular bond between the cleaned surface and the new coating. “This chemical bond assures the long life of the product,” Weber said. Some companies, in contrast, use a mechanical bonding agent that may chip or crack, allowing water to bubble under the sealant and destroy the refinished countertop, tile or tub.
Homeowners may select from dozens of colors and textures at Miracle Method’s showroom in Longmont. Miracle Method’s Natural Accents line offers a stone look in a variety of colors for countertops, vanities and tile surrounds, and new surfaces are crafted to look like natural stone with a more satin finish.
Natural Accents’ countertops typically take two days to apply. A stone look in more than three dozen color options is another favorite and ready in one day.
For bathrooms, the deep gloss of a Miracle Method refinished bathtub or shower pan resembles new porcelain, and a color of choice may be infused. “We can do pretty much any color you want. When we’re done, you have a countertop or shower pan that looks brand new and is designed to stand up to daily use without any special care,” Weber said. Miracle Method’s residential work is warrantied five years for bathtubs, wall tile and fiberglass units and covers workmanship, peeling or failure of adhesion. Countertop refinishing also include a five-year limited warranty.
Since Miracle Method’s coating seals tile from water and soap, Miracle Method bathrooms become mildew- and mold-resistant. Weber said, “People love that they no longer need to fight with blackened caulk or grout.” One Longmont customer called Weber to her home 12 years after he refinished her tub. “She wanted to refinish it again, but we told her it just needed to be buffed,” he said. “We shined it up and were able to save her money a second time, and my, was she happy.”
With the significant savings of refinishing, rather than remodeling, some homeowners update their entire kitchen or bathroom. Miracle Method can install shower doors and grab bars and make spaces more handicap accessible.
“We can help people stay in their homes as they age,” Weber said. “We get a lot of calls from people who have a sore hip or just want a shower they can walk into.” Retirees on a fixed income can enjoy a walk-in tub from Miracle Method for a third of the price of a handicap-accessible bathtub replacement. “We clean and cut down their current tub and install what we call an ‘Easy Step.’ Then we coat it with their color of choice and include slip-resistant texturing,” Weber said. “We add shower doors and grab bars, and now they have their independence back.” Installing a handicap accessible bathroom requires one to two days.
Miracle Method of Boulder can refinish a variety of surfaces, including porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, culture marble, Formic, Silestone and Corian and offers services to commercial and residential spaces. Many hospitals depend on Miracle Method to keep surfaces slip-resistant and mold-free. “Some of our sealants use silver ion technology,” Weber said. “This is an antimicrobial product that doesn’t allow mold to grow and lasts as long as the life of the coating.” Weber utilizes silver ion technology in hospitals, gyms and increasingly, homes. “Nobody wants to transfer athlete’s foot from one human to the next,” he said.
Miracle Method also rescues leaking tile. At the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs, outdated showers and tile floors necessitated extensive repair due to faulty drainage. Whereas the demolition of existing tubs and tile was pricey, Miracle Method handily refinished the space, saving hours of labor and thousands of dollars. “Our process is much quicker than a renovation,” Weber said. “This is why hospitals, colleges and hotels turn to us again and again. We have them back in service in just a couple of days.”
Weber fastidiously trains his technicians and is proud to employ six full-time technicians who value excellence and personalized service. “I think it’s really important to be part of something that supports local families, and I enjoy the work,” he said. “We treat our customers with dignity and respect. Not every job is for us, and we take time to point people to websites where they can check prices and see what’s best for them.”
By Sarah Huber. Photography by Jonathan Castner