HomeAdvisor Predicts Strong Year for Bathrooms in 2016
The Chinese zodiac calls 2016 the year of the monkey, but requests from HomeAdvisor’s homeowners foretell that home service providers will be celebrating the year of the bathroom remodel too.
Homeowners across the United States submitted 64 percent more requests for bathroom remodeling services from November 2014 through November 2015 than they submitted in the previous year. And that number continues to increase.
Here’s a look at the past year’s top service requests and a glimpse into what’s to come:
Showers Take Power
In the past year, 18 percent of homeowners requesting bathroom remodeling services through HomeAdvisor sought to install a new shower or bathtub. Of those homeowners, 45 percent installed a new shower, 30 percent installed a new bathtub, and 25 percent installed both.
Popular bathroom updates include soaking tubs and walk-in shower stalls with benches, multiple showerheads, and glass tile surrounds. Some homeowners are removing jetted tubs to make room for expanded showers in master baths. According to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, most homeowners spend around $3,140 to install a new shower.
Floors Score High
Bathroom flooring installation also accounted for 18 percent of homeowner service requests. Most homeowners choose engineered wood; laminate; or ceramic, stone or vinyl tile flooring — all materials for which manufacturers such as Mohawk Flooring offer a number of durable, sustainable and eco-friendly options. On average, homeowners pay about $3,008 to install new flooring, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.
Think New Sinks
Another 18 percent of homeowners submitted service requests for the installation of a new sink. Pedestal, vessel, undermount and drop-in sinks are most popular in bathroom remodels — and the most popular materials range from porcelain to glass to vitreous china. According to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, homeowners pay an average of $570 to install a new sink.
Crazy for Cabinets and Countertops
New cabinet and countertop installation represented 17 and 16 percent of bathroom remodeling service requests, respectively. Homeowners looking to update and organize their bathrooms commonly requested features such as double sinks and vanities; floor to ceiling cabinets; and cabinetry to house televisions, radios and other devices.
Granite, quartz and solid surface remain among the most popular countertop materials. Homeowners spend an average of $4,633 to install new cabinets and $2,864 to update countertops, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.