Bathroom tap buying guide
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From classic to contemporary and mixer to pillar, there are lots of different taps to choose from. This guide is packed with expert advice to help you decide on the right taps for your bathroom.
What’s your style?
Taps add the finishing touch to the look of your bathroom. Whether you’re buying for a basin or bath, there’s a great choice to suit all tastes, from traditional cross-head taps to luxurious, waterfall-effect bath fillers.
Choose traditional taps for a vintage twist and timeless appeal, or go for something more contemporary.
What type of water pressure do you have?
When you’re choosing taps it’s important to know what your water pressure is like, as this determines the flow of water from the tap. Gravity-fed water systems are the most common and these are low pressure systems. Other systems include combination boilers and unvented hot water systems – these are less common.
What finish should you go for?
When choosing your ideal design, pick a finish that suits the rest of your suite and the overall style of your bathroom.
When it comes to the material and finish, gold or brass-effect taps add warmth to your bathroom. They’re ideal for creating Victorian style or for adding a touch of traditional luxury.
Popular chrome taps are available in a wide range of contemporary and classic styles to suit most bathrooms. Choose a matt or shiny finish to complete the look you’re after.
It’s worth bearing in mind that shiny chrome taps need frequent cleaning to keep them looking their best. Stylish brushed or matt chrome finishes are much easier to maintain.
How should you clean your taps?
Whichever taps you choose, they’ll need regular cleaning to keep them looking their best. Use a soft cloth, gentle cleaning product and warm water to make sure your tap sparkles. Rinse the tap and wipe it with a dry, clean, soft cloth to remove smears. Avoid abrasive compounds, pads, cloths or creams, as they can scratch and damage the surface of your taps.
What about fitting?
Traditionally, taps were always mounted on basins and baths with built-in tap holes, which is still the case for many styles today.
However, there are many contemporary designs developed to offer sleek styling for a clean, uncluttered look. From freestanding to wall-mounted taps, many models require fittings to be concealed behind bathroom fixtures, which can make installation more difficult.
To make sure you get the perfect finish, we recommend having your bathroom taps fitted by an experienced plumber.
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