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Types Of Taps for Bathrooms & Kitchens

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Most homeowners find it challenging to choose the taps that fit different needs, for instance, bath, shower and vanities, considering that the ideal tap for these roles should also match the interior design of your home.

While having the same sets of taps everywhere in your home will consume less time, picking a tap that works best for each role offers a better aesthetic appeal. For instance, a tap that looks great in your bathroom will most likely look odd when used for the kitchen.

In this post, we will be looking at the various types of taps you can use in your home and where they best apply. You can avoid this by carefully considering all the options available while focusing on their style and application as the leading deciding factors.

With the continuous change in interior design trends and style, most bathroom tap manufacturers have responded well by providing more and more types of taps and finishes, each with the potential to give your bathroom or kitchen a whole new look. This means that homeowners will most likely find it challenging distinguishing between the pros and cons of each types of taps, as it relates to the proposed use.

Sure, you can change a tap washer or call a plumber to fix a leaking tap. To instantly lift the appearance of your bathroom or kitchen, tap replacement is a better idea, especially if the existing taps are worn or dated. Let us take a closer look at the available options from the ever-relevant traditional taps to modern types of taps and fittings.

1. Floor Mounted Taps

These are relatively new in the market. When you use floor mounted taps, there is no need for hiding the plumbing or pipes. This is because the taps are open right from the floor to the tub, thus making it possible to have your bathtub anywhere in the bathroom, so far you can have the fixtures directed to that section of the bathroom.

Floor Mounted Taps

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2. Wall Mounted Taps

This kind of taps is also contemporary. They are fixed to the wall and usually fill the basin or bathtub. It is easier to clean these taps, but repairing them can be challenging, considering that the plumbing is always in the wall.

Wall Mounted Type of Tap

3. Pillar Taps

This style of tap usually has independent valves controlling water flow. You can have them in bath and basins with two tap holes – cold and hot taps respectively.

Types of Taps - Pillar Tap

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4. Mixer Taps

A mixer tap ensures that the cold and hot water mix before the water leaves the faucet. Thus, the water coming out of the tub or basin is of even temperature. This ensures that you do not have too hot or too cold water in the end.

Mixer Taps

5. Bath Filler Taps

Just like mixer taps, what bath filler taps do is to match two levers to regulate temperature and flow of water. This means that you get the ideal water temperature in the end. Interestingly, they work at even low water pressure.

Bath Filler Taps

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6. Bath/Shower Mixer Taps

These are combinations of bath fillers and hand-held shower head, usually emerging from the tap. They are multifaceted; you can have them function as a shower or just fill your bath, but you cannot use them for basins.

Bath/Shower Mixer Taps

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Now that you know the types of taps available, here are some quick tips for you before going for any of the options above.

Types of Tap Finishes

The best finish is the one that matches the other parts and the general style of your bathroom. If you are looking at the Victorian style, then you should use gold or brass-effect taps. These material and finish are known to give your bathroom a unique touch of traditional luxury and feel. You can go for standard chrome taps if you are interested in a modern but classic style for your bathroom. In such a case, a matt or shiny finish would be great.

However, with shiny chrome taps, you will need regular cleaning to maintain their excellent appearance. Conversely, a matt chrome or stylish brushed finished require less attention.

Tap fitting & Installation

Talking about tap fitting, the ideal option is usually to attach taps on baths and basins using built-in tap holes. While this is something you can DIY, changing to modern designs such as wall-mounted and freestanding taps is best left to a plumber. These new models come with installation challenges, considering they mostly require fittings behind bathroom fixtures.

Whichever option you are settling for, ensure that you work with a competent and experienced plumber. An incompetent plumber will most likely leave you with a faulty finish.

If you need help in your tap fitting, contact the best plumbers in Sydney, Fixed Today! Get in touch on 1800 349 338 or send us an email today.


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