Bathroom taps can make or break the look and feel of your bathroom. Often unfairlyconsidered a mere afterthought to the main investment of a bathroom suite, the impact of a great set of taps should never be underestimated.
Fitting the right taps adds the finishing touches to your bathroom scheme. Whether you choose a traditional or modern design, a floor standing or wall mounted bath filler, waterfall taps or functional hot/cold or monobloc basin taps, there’s a wealth of products out there. If you’re stuck for ideas, just take a look at the Bathroom Discount Centre’s extensive selection of taps for basins, baths, bidets and showers.
Making the right decision can be fraught with difficulty, so here are 4 essential questions that will help to guide you towards the perfect bathroom taps for your home.
- What type of hot water system do you have in your home?
Before you can choose your favourite set of taps, it’s important to check your water pressure. Traditionally, most UK households have a low pressure gravity fed system comprising a cold water tank in the loft and a hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard. The higher the height difference between the two, the better the water pressure produced.
Unvented hot water systems, such as system boilers and combi boilers, are designed to do away with the need for a cold water cistern and operate at a much higher pressure. Combi boilers heat the water instantaneously.
Many taps are designed for particular water pressure levels and won’t work if the pressure is too low. If in doubt, ask your plumber or bathroom designer.
- Do you prefer separate ‘pillar style’ taps or mixer taps?
This is an important decision because it affects your choice of bathtub and washbasin. Baths and basins can be selected with 0, 1, 2 or 3 pre-drilled tap holes. Generally speaking, traditional designs come with two holes for fitting separate hot and cold taps, while contemporary styles are more likely to have 1 tap hole for a mixer tap, 3 tap holes for a mixer tap and 2 hot/cold controls, or none at all for wall-mounted taps.
Classic ‘pillar style’ separate hot/cold taps are best used for gravity fed water systems, while mixer taps may require higher water pressure. Again, it’s a good idea to double check with your bathroom installer or a local plumber if you’re not sure.
- Which style of bathroom taps best complements the room scheme?
Once you’ve decided on whether to go for pillar or mixer taps, it’s finally time to choose a design you love and one that complements your overall bathroom design. Getting the right match between your bathroom suite, the décor, the taps and any furniture and accessories is critical in bringing the room together as a coherent interior space that will really wow.
Whether you’re going for Victorian chic or Art Deco sophistication, classic styles or contemporary bathroom design, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a vast range on offer. Traditional pillar and mixer tap designs will complement a vintage style perfectly, while others provide a modern aesthetic.
Contemporary bathrooms would benefit from any number of sleek minimalist tap designs, including some interesting industrial and out-and-out futuristic styles.For a touch of decadence and to add a home spa feel to your bathroom, why not choose a luxury waterfall bath tap for the ultimate in indulgence?
- Are you installing taps that use superior technology?
Finally, you might not think there could be much to engineer when it comes to the humble tap, but you’d be wrong.
The vast majority of modern bath taps now use ceramic disc cartridges instead of rubber washers. This means that only a quarter turn is required to turn the tap on or off. Ceramic discs have a longer lifespan than the old rubber washers found in aging and period properties. Once the rubber begins to age and crack, the tap has to be turned off increasingly tighter to prevent dripping. Ceramic discs won’t wear out like standard rubber washers. Not only are dripping taps a nuisance, they waste water too – as much as 15 litres per day!
A very useful safety feature to look out for on bath and shower taps is a thermostatic mixer. This ensures that the water comes out of the tap at a constant temperature, regardless of any fluctuations in the water supply. Carefully monitoring the temperature of the water, it minimises the risk of scalding.If any members of your household have mobility problems, are elderly or small children, this is definitely a feature worth splashing out for.