The right set of plumbing fixtures can add that shiny finishing touch to your bathroom. Whether you are updating old, rusty fixtures or embarking on a full bathroom remodel, taps, sinks, showers and toilets are a major functional and cosmetic feature.
When choosing plumbing fixtures for your bathroom renovation, consider style, material, functionality, price and compatibility, as well as any tools, additional parts or speciality know-how required. Knowing how to choose the right fixtures and finding the perfect combination can be a challenge, but it is time well spent.
4 Things to Keep in Mind with Plumbing Fixtures
Decide what styles, materials and colours work within your home and be consistent. There are two broad types to consider; modern or traditional.
Modern homes are generally well suited to smooth curves or defined angles with shiny, metallic finishes. Sleek stainless steel taps can add a touch of luxury and elegance to a contemporary city apartment. Conversely, the same stylish taps may look completely out of place compared to ornate bronze or copper fixtures more commonly associated with old-fashioned country homesteads.
Need some help finding design inspiration for your plumbing fixtures? Check out our blog post on bathroom design ideas and inspiration.
What kind of lifestyle do you have? This is an important question to ask yourself so that you choose fixtures that will suit your purpose. If you have young children, choose faucets that are easy to turn and are within easy reach. A single tap may be preferable over the separate hot and cold taps of times past, or it may be time to install sensors and go touch free.
For showers, one family member may enjoy a powerful massaging jet, while another may prefer a gentle rain. In this case, dual fixtures may provide the rare solution which pleases everyone.
Be aware that water efficiency of fixtures especially that of faucets and shower heads will vary considerably. It also pays to check pressure and temperature ratings, as particular fixtures or materials may be designed for a specific function.
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Price can be the final deciding factor for many. Different types of fixtures are available at a wide range of prices, depending on the material, style, brand and warranty. Figure out your budget first then stick to it by shopping around to find the best price. Pay special attention to wholesalers, outlet stores, warehouses, or if your product is available online.
For those on a budget, there are often cheaper versions of expensive fixtures and materials. Materials such as brass are often available across a wide price range. However, cheap fixtures may not last and may be difficult to find replacement parts for. Investing in well-known brands made of high-quality materials for a little extra can save you money in the long run.
Find out more about what the finishes selections process in the bathroom finishes slection process.
4. Compatibility with Pre-existing Fixtures, Fittings and Plumbing
Rearranging the layout of plumbing fixtures is more expensive and time-consuming than simply swapping out taps of the same size and material. Choosing fixtures that are compatible with the size, materials, placement, and existing plumbing system (or the one that you are planning) will make your life a lot simpler.
For those in need of a quick refresher, pipe fittings are the pieces that connect different pipes, components, and associated fixtures. They can be used to allow water flow between tubes of different sizes, shapes, and pressures or even divide flow so you can achieve your dream bathroom renovation.
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Once you have chosen your fixtures, get them installed by a reputable, qualified plumber, who will be aware of standard plumbing, building, and health codes.
Professional plumbers will also be able to provide personalised advice on how to alter your existing plumbing systems to fit your chosen fixtures, predict any problems you may encounter, offer suggestions for saving money and most importantly, help you avoid re-enacting the great flood.
Guest Blog written by Plumbing Plus