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Tips on selecting Bathroom Fixtures and faucets

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Bathroom sink fixtures (more commonly know as ‘taps’ or 'faucets'), play an important role in the remodel of any bathroom. Not only is the aesthetic appeal of importance but you will also want to consider the functionality, practicality, cost and installation process for your new sink fixtures.
    
Many interior decorators will tell you the same thing -  despite how elegantly a room may be designed; the smallest of details can destroy the total quality and style of the room. For good reason, consider the look you are trying to achieve for the bathroom and apply this to any choice regarding fixtures. For example gold plated faucets would be unsuitable and wasted combined with a thermoplastic sink. Likewise a beautifully crafted, ceramic or enamel sink, may be undone by a poor choice of contemporary plastic taps. Some products cannot be placed together no matter how creative the design or material choice is.
    
A small room, or even just a small sink, may call for the use of a 'mixer' tap. It uses a single handle or paddle, which moves a short distance left to right, up and down to provide the water supply. Using a mixer tap would help assist in the room or sink seem larger than it is and give you more space to play with. On the other hand, if a room or sink appears so large as to be unwelcoming and cold, it may be desirable to make it a little less of a feature through deliberately selecting separate 'cold' and 'hot' taps, in elegantly larger then usual sizes. Or create separate his and her sinks that are rapidly becoming popular.

The color of the faucet is also important, as darker colors can seem warm and welcoming when working with a large bathroom or sink, while lighter colors can brighten and visually enlarge the room in naturally smaller or darker rooms. At the end of the day, the individual's style and personal taste should make the bathroom their own haven and personal space; this includes the sink fixtures.

Anyone who has ever owned stainless steel faucets can testify they are sometimes hard to keep polished. For those who agonies over the gleam in their sink fixtures try the silk finished stainless steel fixtures. These have a shine with a matte finish or if you don’t like the look of matte steel opt for plastics. Plastics and thermoplastics are not as durable as other materials, so if an individual's practicalities are more concerned with the life of an item, and the amount of wear and tear (children, and even adults at times, can be brutal) then plastics and other soft/brittle materials, should be avoided.

Parents of young children who are able to gain access to the taps should entertain the possibility of including a thermostatic valve, which will ensure the temperature is never too hot to be scalding but still pleasantly warm.

Finally, you may want to consider the water efficiency of your bathroom and new sink fixture. Requesting information on the water efficiency rating will help in this endeavor, while 'quarter turn' and 'mixer taps' are two of the options available that can limit water wastage, as are ‘flow regulators’ in the valves of the fixture.

Bathroom Sink Fixture Installation Tips

Most common faults of fixtures occur as a result of the installation process. While not recommended, if self-installing there are some dangers to be aware of;
  • The faucet maybe of a heavier product the then the sink and easily damage your soft bathroom sink.
  • Holes for the fixture components being cut unevenly can set you back for a whole new sink top.
  • Make sure your plumbing skills are up to date. Use a plumbers tap and be careful to correctly thread your taps to the pipes as you can easily strip the thread from the pipes.
These are just a few to begin with. Self-installation can be a breeze if you have had some fixture and plumbing experience otherwise it can turn out more costly then what you hoped for. It is certainly advisable to 'shop' around, looking online and local store outlets. Often clearance sales are run by different web sites and local stores throughout the year. Being patient in your search may lead to significant savings. Searching online for information on different retailers and/or brands may also prove valuable, as it can reveal if there has been trouble or faults with a certain product or product line.
There you have it, hopefully by now you will have some idea forming as to what path you may want to take, and what fixture you should look for.

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