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Business Profile: Surface Specialists of Mid-Minnesota

    The bathroom is one of the most hazardous places in the home for accidents. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there are more than 300,000 bathroom accidents each year. And a majority of broken hips are due to a fall in the bathtub.

Is your bathroom as safe as it should be?

Surface Specialists can help make your tub and bathroom safer and easier to use. They provide quality bathtub repair and refinishing products and services throughout the area in a prompt and professional manner. And safety is a top priority.

Mark Anderson has been involved in the Surface Specialists franchises since 1988 and is the proud owner of Surface Specialists Mid-Minnesota. Anderson and his team takes pride in providing the highest quality both in products and workmanship.

Surface Specialists has a long list of services they offer. Many of them involve the bath tub, so we will start there.

Safety Tub Conversion Maneuvering over the side of the bath tub can be a problem for many seniors. Surface Specialists can convert any bathtub into an easily accessible shower.

“For people who have a hard time getting in and out of their tub, we can make it much easier for them,” said Anderson. The process involves cutting down the tub so there is walk-in access. The cut out area is three inches off the floor. This makes it easier to step in and out of the tub and is tall enough to keep the water inside the tub during showers. The cut-out area is then refinished to match the tub. For added security, a slip resistant texture may be applied to the bathtub floor and the newly created step. The process takes a few hours to complete and can be used about 12 hours after completion.

“We can convert a bathtub only bathroom into a full functioning tub/shower combination without the need to contact a plumber, saving the home owner extra money,” said Anderson.

Mark has performed this conversion on many tubs, including a conversion for one very important person…. his father.

“My dad fell down at the house and was knocked unconscious. He spent three days in the hospital. My parents’ home only has a bathtub on the main floor and a shower in the basement. It is quite difficult for dad to go downstairs every time he wants to shower,” he said.

Mark installed  a bathtub cut down with a textured bottom in their bath on the main floor. He also put in a tub wall surround, grab bars, a hand-held adjustable shower assembly and a new high rise stool.

“Now dad enjoys his new bathroom and is happy that I was persistent in getting these projects done,” said Anderson.

For many, the cutdown is the perfect solution — it fixes the problem and doesn’t break the bank.

“A person could spend thousands of dollars remodeling their bathroom with weeks of not being able to  use their tub. Or they can spend a few hundred dollars to convert their existing tub to a walk-in shower and have it done in just one day.”

What if you want to return it back to a full tub one day? Just save the cut out and it can be easily re-fit into the cutout space. And if you want both, they can do that too.

“We can put a door in the cutout so you can use it as a shower or a bath,” said Mark. “It works great in households where one person likes to shower and one likes to take a bath.”

In additional to residential jobs, Surface Specialist has done cut downs in many senior housing complexes.

Bathtub Refinishing When a bathtub, shower or sink finish is worn, a color change is desired, or damage is scattered over the entire surface, refinishing is a great option.

“We complete bathtub refinishing in approximately four to five hours and you may begin using the surface by the next evening, saving you a significant amount of time and money,” said Anderson. “All work is performed on-site in the bathroom area with absolutely no mess for you to clean up and may be completed in virtually any color.

The bathtub refinishing process involves scraping, washing and applying solvents to the surface, followed by etching, neutralizing and sanding. Solvents are applied a second time followed by the undercoat and two to three coats of polyurethane coating.

The refinished surface will have a high gloss and be as durable if not stronger than the original surface and easy to clean.

“We fix anything from small chips or scratches to large holes,” he said. “We replace cracked or broken out tub or shower floors with a new fiberglass panel that is formed into the unit to provide an invisible repair that looks like the original tub or shower bottom.”

Mark and his crew will also explain how other options can make your tub or shower safer and easier to use.

“We install acrylic wall liners, grab bars, non-skid bottoms and handheld shower assemblies to existing showers and tubs,” he said.

Other Services In addition to the services listed above, Surface Specialists also offers bathroom repair, countertop repair, bathware accessories, jetting of bathtubs, whirlpool jet repair, glass scratch removal, vinyl window repair, spas and pool repair, and much more.

Warranty “We are committed to providing the highest quality both in our products and worksmanship,” said Anderson.

Surface Specialists offer a full warranty on all their work including a five year warranty on residential refinishing, a 10-year warranty on the door seal and a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee.

“We are the authorized warranty repair service for more than 30 manufacturers and also do work for plumbers, contractors and apartment management companies,” said Anderson.

And they are working hard to keep offering what the customer wants and needs.

“We hear great feedback and comments from our survey cards,” he said. “We give each customer a survey card as part of our quality control to ensure that we are providing the high quality service our customers expect.”

For Anderson and his team, taking care of their customers and giving them exactly what they need is very rewarding.

“When we do the same job for different customers every day we don’t realize how much of a difference we are making in their lives,” said Mark. “We help them remain independent in their own home. Sometimes it takes a more personal experience to put it all into perspective and then we see what a difference we really make.”

If you would like to learn how Surface Specialists can help make your bathroom safer and more accessible, call 320-398-2015. To learn more about the services of Surface Specialists Mid-Minnesota, visit their website at

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