U.S. Plumbing Demand To Grow Through 2011
Demand for plumbing fittings is expected to expand at a slightly faster pace than its fixture counterpart, the study reported, because of product developments such as a broader palette of finishes, electronic functionality and universally accessible control design.
Consumer interest in higher-end amenities, particularly those with European influence, will also bolster value growth. Higher-end fixtures - including whirlpool bathtubs, enhanced showers, and hot tubs and spas - across all markets will boost gains for plumbing fixtures. Additionally, product developments aimed at adding value, such as chromotherapy, lighting and sound systems, will spur demand.
In addition, consumer interest in nontraditional materials (e.g., glass, concrete or teak) will aid value growth through 2011.