Bathroom Remodel Cost – How Much you should Pay to Remodel a Bathroom in 2017

Second only to the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most popular rooms to remodel. With all the moving parts, it’s not only one of the more difficult home improvement projects, but also one of the more expensive ones. However, with proper planning, you’ll have no trouble keeping your budget on track while creating the lavish sanctuary of your dreams! 🙂

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This guide will cover the steps for planning your bathroom remodel, while also providing a breakdown of the costs for the following:

  • Basic Bathroom Remodel
  • Mid-Range Bathroom Remodel
  • Deluxe Bathroom Remodel


Planning

For the best outcome, fewer headaches and a higher likelihood of staying on the budget put more time into planning. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of creating a new space. So, before you start wandering up and down the aisles of your local home box store searching for the ideal tile to go with the perfect faucet you saw a few weeks ago, sit down and determine your budget. Then take at least twenty percent and set it aside for the inevitable surprises that will arise.

Budget

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), you should expect to spend between 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value on a bathroom remodel.

Suggested costs allocation:

  • Installation: 20%
  • Cabinetry and Hardware: 16%
  • Fixtures: 15%
  • Faucets and Plumbing: 14%
  • Flooring: 9%
  • Countertops: 7%
  • Walls and Ceilings: 5%
  • Design fees: 4%
  • Doors and Windows: 4%
  • Other: 1%

Labor and Materials

Once your budget is in place, find a contractor. Bathroom remodels can look deceivingly simple. They’re small rooms that have tricked many a weekend warrior into visions of DIY savings, only to have those dreams crushed by the complexities involved. Plus, you’ll have the added expense of the contractor having to fix your mistakes. It’s best to know your limitations, only do tasks within your skill set and leave the rest to the professionals.

When you do speak to a contractor get a separate quote for labor and materials. Before signing the contract, check to see if you can find materials for less. Whether you purchase the materials yourself or let the contractor do the shopping, have everything purchased and delivered before the remodel begins. This will avoid delays, a possible increase in labor costs.

Once the materials are purchased, delivered, and work has begun, step back and let the professionals do their thing. Don’t continue to look at fixtures, tiles and paint color. Making changes once the remodel has begun will be costly and cause the project to take much longer. Unless there are problems with the products that were purchased, don’t drive yourself crazy second-guessing your original choices.


Types of Remodels

Basic Bathroom Remodel

Average Cost: $1,500 — $5,000

Small bathrooms aren’t as costly because there are fewer plumbing fixtures and lesser square footage. To stay within a low budget, keep the original bathroom layout as is. Moving plumbing, electric and walls will cause the remodel to become expensive quickly.

If the original fixtures, cabinetry and surfaces are in good condition, consider refurbishing instead of purchasing new, low-quality materials. Surfaces in bathrooms take a great deal of daily abuse that include multiple climate changes. Using sub-par materials can end up costing you more in the long run. For example, if you decide to paint the walls yourself, use mold and mildew resistant paint or primer. It may cost more than regular interior paint, but you won’t have to redo it in a year. If fixtures can’t be saved, they must be replaced.

Typical Projects

Bathtub: $400 — $1,500

Cabinets: $1,200 — $3,500

Countertops: $900 — $2,000

Flooring: $800 — $2,000

Lighting: $450 — $900

Shower: $450 — $2,000

Sink: $190 — $900

Toilet: $130 — $250

Paint: $100 — $150

Stylish embellishments: $50 — $100

Mid-Range Bathroom Remodel

Average Cost: $5,500 — $13,000

The average bathroom remodel falls within the mid-range level. This type of renovation may include a larger bathroom and replacing existing fixtures while keeping them in the same location. Homeowners can choose to either purchase replacement fixtures that fall within the same price range and quality, or pick and choose where to splurge.

For example:

If you hate stepping onto cold floors after a relaxing shower, consider having heated floors installed, and save money on other purchases.

If you live in an older home, replacing outdated tiles may be of more importance.

If you’re priority is to go green, installing low-flow faucets and toilet will be your focus.

Typical Projects

Bathtub: $2,600 — $4,100

Cabinets: $4,700 — $7,000

Countertops: $2,800 — $4,100

Flooring: $2,500 — $3,600

Lighting: $1,100 — $1,700

Shower: $3,000 — $4,800

Sink: $1,400 — $2,300

Toilet: $340 — $480

Paint: $200 — $300


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Liquid Roof Coating Cost – How Much Should you Pay for a Liquid Roof Coating in 2017?

Of all the material types for a roof, a liquid roof coating is perhaps the oddest. It has multiple values, several material options and is definitely worth a more in-depth look.

Understanding Liquid Roof Options


Before the mid 20th century, liquid roof existed, but in an entirely different way than today. It used to be bitumen (think mortar) mixed with fillers, such as sand, straw, and later felt paper. The one caveat was that the bitumen needed to be applied hot. Piping hot, so as to form a liquid that could spread evenly. And dangerously hot, cause at times fires would occur. That’s not good, but was the norm, until around 1960.

Enter the age of synthetics, that amount to plastic and rubber in liquid form being adhered to the roof. From 1960 to present, there are a wide range of materials such as acrylics, EPDM, asphalt and polyester urethanes. The technical names and variations are numerous while liquid EPDM is arguably the most popular, though competition certainly exists.

A key difference is all these new age materials are applied cold, meaning there is zero need to heat them, in order to spread the material on the roof deck. They act as a membrane, which encapsulates the roof with a waterproof layer, and protects what’s underneath.

Liquid roofing is very popular with DIY roof protection for RV’s, along with commercial roofing for added protection on flat roofs. Yet, they work just as well for residential properties that have a flat or low sloping roof. If you are utterly unfamiliar with liquid roof coating, take a look at the application process below:


Cost and Value

A liquid roof coating is otherwise known as sealing or spraying on a roof over the existing low-slope roofing system. For residential properties, it is likely the roof deck already has some former material on the home that has some known problem, i.e. is leaking or water is pooling up. So, the cost question is what’s the price to seal the roof? And the answer is, it will vary. It will depend on what the material is that’s being sealed (or whether it ought to be removed, or just cleaned), what the new material will be, the actual slope of the roof, and the experience along with guarantees the applicator is able to provide.

A fair ball park for a low-end application can be as low as $1,000 for liquid roof coating of an entire roof deck. Possibly as low as $300, and lower if going the DIY route, which for the inexperienced has its obvious drawbacks. More than $1,000 would be extraordinary, but possible if there is more to the job than just adhering the liquid membrane on a flat roof with little to nothing penetrating from the roof.

Please note that the above prices reflect the cost of hiring a handyman to do the job. If you decide to hire a professional roofing company that will pull the building permit for the job, do everything by the book and stand behind its work, then your cost will likely be a few thousand dollars to have a liquid roof coating professionally applied.

Mid-Range and High-End Spray-on Liquid Roof Coating applications

Prices for a professional application of a liquid roof coating will likely be as follows:

  • The cost of applying a polyurethane foam coating can be as little as $3 per square foot.
  • The cost of acrylic coating will be between $5 to $6 per square foot.
  • Silicon is the agreed upon premier spray application, but the material costs can drive installation prices up to $9-$10 per square foot or more.

ROI Details:

With value, we are looking to communicate return on investment (ROI). In our advantages section below, we present the positive values that come from such a roofing application. ROI will depend on material chosen and quality of application. In general, 10 years of quality sealing ought to be expected. Less than that would be poor application and amount to bad ROI.

Solar-Reflective Liquid Roof Coatings

Cost of Materials for DIY Enthusiasts

With an energy-efficient, liquid-roof coating, the entire roof can be coated with a reflective material, which can make your roof more energy efficient and longer-lasting. There are many liquid roof products on the market averaging roughly $100 for a 4.75 gallon container. A typical container can be used to cover approximately 250 square feet of roofing surface. If you would like to have your entire roof coated, you can buy a pallet containing sixteen 4.75 gallon containers of liquid roof product such as Henry Solar-Flex White Roof Coating for about a thousand dollars at Home Depot.

A typical job of professionally applying a liquid roof coating on low slope roof will likely cost a few thousand dollars for a typical residential project.

Is the cost of applying a reflective roof coating a good investment?

Yes, applying a reflective roof coating is an excellent investment.* If the installation costs for a reflective roof coating (which vary) are slightly higher in certain situations, the long-term benefits can easily offer an attractive return on the installation investment, by providing:

  • Longer roof life, better durability—coatings protect the roof substrate from destructive UV
  • Reduced maintenance costs over the life of the roof; and coatings can provide the added bonus of being a water-resistant barrier
  • Better budget management due to predictable life extension of the roof (the opportunity to re-coat the roof rather than replace it)
  • Reduced installation risks
  • Minimal disruption to the occupants, operations during application, construction process, saving money in areas other than the roofing materials and application itself
  • A more desirable and comfortable work environment inside the building
  • Opportunity for energy credits, tax savings, rebates

*Coatings are considered “restoration” and not a new roof system installation. Therefore they may usually be expensed in the fiscal year during which they are applied instead of amortizing the cost over the life of the roof (as in a new membrane installation). This can be a significant tax benefit to some building owners. Check with your CPA or CFO to properly apply this information to your own roof situation.

Is a special contractor required to install a reflective roof coating?

An experienced roofing contractor should apply the reflective roof coating. Although the coating may look like ordinary architectural coating, successful application and long-term performance requires proper preparation, repair of leaks or damaged areas, and ultimately proper selection of the correct primer and coating system.


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