Tapware now comes in a dizzying array of styles, making choosing a new set for your bathroom. Your bathtub, basins and showers will all need tapware that is functional, stylish and durable. Accessories are a relatively low cost way of revamping the look and feel of a room, so get inspiration from magazines, showrooms and friends before you outlay on new tapware.
Don’t forget your conscience or the environment when shopping for tapware for your bathroom, kitchen or laundry. WELS is the national water efficiency labelling scheme that rates products and appliances, with a six star system that awards more stars for better water economy. The goal is for products to have a flow rate below ten litres per minute.
Brass and brass alloys used in tapware are hardwearing and corrosion resistant. Stainless steel is another hard wearing and stylish material for the bathroom, kitchen or laundry. Other popular materials are chrome, chrome and gold, satin chrome and titanium plating.
A plumber or green plumber can advise you if the plans for your bathroom, kitchen or laundry renovation are feasible. The outlets for water pipes and faucets might limit your ambitious plans for a complete remodel, so ensure you know what is possible. Depending on the age of your home, be sure to check the size of your outlet pipes, as this may determine what type of tapware you can install. Also make sure to hire a licensed plumber or green plumber who has a body of work that you can verify with previous clients.
Many taps now feature quarter turn knobs for added convenience. Mixers also allow you to blend water to the required temperature whilst saving you precious space, whilst some models feature a flow control mechanism. Ceramic filters are also a more durable option than conventional washers, to ensure a leak free experience.
Quality fittings and fixtures are expensive though worth the outlay when it comes to durability. Cheap tapware will look tired far quicker and also begin to leak sooner.
Whilst the current trend is toward contemporary minimalism, make sure you match your tapware to the décor, furniture and fittings of your bathroom, kitchen and laundry. This may be a contemporary, modernist or more traditionally themed space.
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