When building or remodeling a bathroom, few things are as important as what type and style faucets you will choose. Beyond metal type and polish, one must also decide on shut off type, brand, and quality of water flow. Prices can range from $20 to $200 or more depending on each of these factors.
Metal type and polish for bathroom taps largely depends on personal preference. Bottom of the line bathroom mixer taps are typically made from epoxy. Higher quality faucets offer the option of brass, chrome, nickel, or enamel. Chrome is offered in polished or brushed finishes. Brushed metals and enamel offer easier maintenance for high traffic areas. Each of these can be coordinated with your bathroom decor to maximize your design potential.
Shut off type is the most significant feature to be decided upon. Bottom of the line bathroom basin taps are often screw type taps. These can wear out over time and eventually leak. Ninety degree shut off bathroom shower taps provide a more precise off position and are less likely to wear out or break. The single lift style faucet offers the same advantages and allows for easier one handed control of water temperature. Also, automatic sensor faucets are now available for residential use. These do however typically only allow for one predetermined temperature and do not allow for the freedom of independent hot and cold controls. The above styles all cause the water to form a single stream. There are also dual tap faucets with separate streams for hot or cold water. These are often popular when decorating in an old country or farmhouse theme.
Brand name can be important when choosing which faucets to install. Some of the most known and trusted brand names include American Standard, Kohler, Grohe, Delta and Mohen. These brand names will offer better quality and reliability, but may come at a higher price. Brands can also help you to select matching bathroom sink taps for your tub shower and sink. Choose your faucets based on your comfort level and budget.
Faucets can be selected based on water pressure as well. Most bathroom wall taps have a simple gradient to full pressure system that allows for control of the stream. Those living in areas with low water pressure may require a pressurized system that increases the force of the stream or aerates the water to give a more steady flow. This option is most likely to be utilized by those living in rural areas with well water.
Ease of maintenance may be important when selecting your cheap bathroom taps. Those with intricate detail may appear desirable at first, but when cleaning becomes a factor, simple clean lines are preferable. Inexpensive epoxy bathroom taps are more likely to allow hard water or mold to build up between seams. This will give an appearance of a dirty faucet even when the outside has been wiped clean. Some enamel and metal plated bathroom taps can stain or chip, damaging their visual integrity. Polished finishes will quickly show finger prints, toothpaste splatter and hard water build up. Brushed metals may camouflage everyday stains and grime for longer. Also, be sure before purchasing your new bathroom faucets to check for special cleaning requirements to prevent damaging the finish with corrosive chemicals.
Be sure to consider each of these factors before deciding on a new set of traditional bathroom taps. Coordinate your sink with your tub or shower. Choose a metal type and shut off style based on your design preferences and expected traffic. Select for your local water needs and personal commitment to maintenance. Choose chrome bathroom taps that fit your lifestyle and budget, but most of all, choose bathroom taps that make you happy.