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Bathroom Taps & Water Pressure

Posted on Friday 14th January 2011 by James Roberts


Whether you’re having a whole new bathroom or are simply updating existing fixtures, your choice of bathroom taps can completely alter the look and feel of a room. There are so many different types of bathroom taps, from traditional to modern, around today that you’re sure to find something here on our site to suit your budget, taste and space.

Not only do you have to decide whether or not to go for traditional or contemporary bathroom taps, but you then have to decide what sort of finish you’d like. For the most part, taps are made from brass which could be enamelled or plated with anything from nickel to polished brass, chrome or pewter. Stainless steel is also an option, whether polished or brushed. It’s more expensive but you get a harder wearing tap for your money.

Whether you are fitting new taps to existing fittings, or are buying new taps for new bathroom suites, there are two important considerations: holes and water pressure.

It sounds very obvious, but when choosing bathroom taps, make sure to check how many holes your taps need. This is important if new bathroom suites come with predrilled homes, as you could be wasting your cash on a stunning hot and cold mixer tap for your basin if your basin has two tap holes!

The other thing to be sure of is water pressure. Some taps can only work with high water pressure; this means that the pressure of both hot and cold water must be 1.0bar or more. You can calculate bar by working out the vertical distance in metres between the water storage tank and the outlet. This figure is known as the head: divide it by ten to find out the pressure in bar.

If you have any questions before buying your bathroom taps, feel free to contact us, we’re happy to answer your queries.

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