If you have already yawned and have your finger poised over the “back” button – stop and wait. No matter how boring the subject of taps may seem to you, it is actually one of the most important decisions you will have to make with regards to the design of your bathroom.
You bathroom taps will receive more use than your bath, toilet, sink and shower and are the most ornate part of your bathroom. Choosing the right product can mean many years of use and fewer visits from your local plumber. But with the number of tap designs available and the types of taps which must be considered, the choice of tap is not one you should rush. The following advice should help you when you make that all important shopping trip, whether online or in person.
Your first thoughts when buying taps is the type of bathroom you want. Are you going traditional or modern? Do you want taps which will stand out from the rest or ones which fade into the background; doing a good job, but not hogging the limelight?
You can choose Victorian, Art Deco or Minimalist styles to fit in with the rest of your home or keep your taps sleek and modern.
There are number of different tap types. These days you can get individual hot and cold pillar taps which are easy to use, but do not give you the option of controlling the amount of heat coming from each tap.
Mixer taps are perfect for giving more flexibility and control with regards to temperature and pressure. You can choose from separate taps with one central mixer or one mixer tap with a lever. You may choose a combination of these options in your bathroom with a lever for the sink and individual taps for the bath.
Buying taps does require a little knowledge about the pressure of your water system. Gravity fed water systems or those with low pressure may not be suitable for some types of taps, in particular the mixer systems. Hot and cold water needs to have equal pressure which may not be possible if your hot and cold water tanks are in different parts of the house with different distances to travel to the taps.
You can pay as little or as much as you like for bathroom taps depending on the style you are choosing. Some will start as low as £17 for a basic cross headed mixer tap, while you could spend £150 for a bath overflow filling tap.
A traditional bathroom tap may cost a little more. They tend to have more detail and might include pop-up waste systems. You could pay up to £250, but the basic model will start at around £35.
The amount you pay will also depend on the material you have chosen. While most people these days will opt for stainless steel, there are still a number of gold coloured taps available and they can work well in a traditional bathroom. These range in price from around £40 to £70 depending on the style.
Water saving taps
With tighter belts and the environment to consider, you may decide that you want to use water saving taps in your bathroom.
Self-closing taps are great if you have children who may forget to turn taps off, or if you want to ensure that taps are only used for the shortest possible time. Generally these are the push-in type which pop up after a few seconds. They come as individual taps and as mixer heads.
These are thought to save as much as 70% of the water you would normally use which will reduce your water bills if you are on a meter.
Water saving taps may not be suitable for filling a bath, but are perfect for your bathroom sink where water is only used for short periods of time.
So, as you can see the world of taps is not nearly as boring as you might have thought. Even if it is a little boring, it is definitely necessary to get your head around your choices before you buy.