Bath Trends for the Pro

November 10, 2014

Repairing or remodeling a bathroom that meets and exceeds a client’s expectations while staying on budget can be a challenging and time-consuming task. It’s important to find a balance between demonstrating product knowledge to help guide clients and leveraging retailers like The Home Depot to help you save time and money.
Position yourself for success by using the latest bath remodeling trends to identify opportunities to suggest modern, on-trend upgrades while also minimizing the time it takes to complete the job.
With so many homeowners today wanting to transform their bathrooms into relaxing spas that are comfortable, water-efficient, and hygienic, it’s important to stay up to date on innovative bath technology to keep a competitive edge.
Studying up on innovations can differentiate you during initial consults. Use your experience to identify the features that clients are looking for, then look for new products that deliver.

  • Save water: Homeowners are interested in saving water without sacrificing high-performing toilets and showers. Educate your clients on products bearing WaterSense labels. These products are 20 percent more water-efficient and perform as well or better than standard models. If all inefficient toilets in U.S. homes were converted to WaterSense-labeled models, such as American Standard Toilets, annual water savings would amount to more than 640 billion gallons.
  • Leave behind germs: 56 percent of people fear germs and strive to make areas around them cleaner. For clients interested in making the bathroom a germ-free zone, suggest Kohler Touchless Toilets – touch-free flush toilets activated by the wave of a hand.
  • Clean easier: The average consumer spends 208 hours a year cleaning. Cut your clients’ time spent cleaning the bathroom by upgrading faucets to Moen Faucets that feature Spot Resist finish – a finish that resists fingerprints and water spots.

Every minute counts on the job. You’ve upgraded your client to the best new fixtures in front of the wall – now continue to add value by minimizing the time you have to spend working behind the wall.
Push-to-connect products have created an opportunity to significantly reduce time spent on bath projects. Shark Bite makes some excellent fittings, and the time the fittings help you save on each project will quickly add up.
In addition to these fittings, pick up a high-quality camera to see inside walls, pipes, and ductwork – enabling you to visually plot tricky installations, such as retro fitting exhaust fans. Ridgid makes a great, affordable inspection camera.
Bathroom innovations are introduced almost daily in today’s fast-paced business, and it can be difficult to keep up with new technology. Stay up-to-date on the latest bath trends that will transform your clients’ homes by visiting the Pro Desk at your Home Depot store or

Vice President

J.T. Rieves, Vice President, Pro Business, has been with The Home Depot for 26 years. During that time he’s held many positions including hourly associate, store manager, district manager, regional vice president, and two rotations in the corporate office. Rieves has spent time working in hardware and store operations. He is currently in his fourth year as Vice President, Pro Business.