Tapware may seem like a small part of your bathroom but it not only helps to provide a finished look, it is also very important from the utility point of view. A relatively recent innovation is the introduction of ceramic disc cartridges. Ceramic disc tapware do away with the washer of standard "plunger" taps, which require periodic replacement. The rate of wear will be dependent on the frequency of use and the quality of water.
When choosing tapware, take into consideration whether they will be mounted directly to the basin, sink or bath, in the wall, or counter top. Their mounting position will have a huge impact in terms of size and style. It is important to consider height of tapware, as this can affect normal operation of overhead cabinetry.
While it is important to choose tapware based on the ease of use, you would also want them to complement the style of your bathroom. Basins and baths that have curved designs tend to look better with with mixers that have rounded spouts and handles.
Also keep in mind that your tapware should carry a W.E.L.S. rating to comply with government regulations. For more information about W.E.L.S. rating you can visit the Australian government website: http://www.waterrating.gov.au/consumers.
Please note - when tapware is installed, all standards and regulations governing sewerage, plumbing, water supply and gas applicable to the location of the particular plumbing installation must be observed. This includes the Australian Standards (AS/NZ 3500.1-2003, Clause 3.3.4) which specify that water pressure must be limited to 500kpa on any new home, extension or renovation. The recommended continuous operating pressure for tapware is between 150-500kpa (maximum static pressure must not exceed 500kpa).
Types of Bathroom Tapware
Basin taps can include mixer taps and pillar taps. Mixers are becoming increasingly popular and are available in a wide range of brands and styles. They come with temperature and flow adjustable cartridges and allow maximum water flow and temperature to be set for single lever mixers. You can also regulate water usage and reduce wastage. It is important to pair your basin mixer with your basin - above counter basins may require "high-rise" basin mixers to clear the lip of the bowl.
You can choose from shower tapware that is both stylish and functional. Available in mixer or tap set configurations, you can choose between different designs, from traditional through to mordern styles. Ceramic disc units are a popular option as they don't require any maintenance. You can consider Phoneix tapware which has a great warranty and a life expectancy of over 15 years.
If you are renovating your bathroom then the finishing touch will come from beautiful bath tapware. While there is a complete range of bath tapware available, the Minimalist range is much in demand for its chic and sleek design. Boasting an Italian inspiration, the Minimalist range features ceramic cartridge technology for reliability and performance.
Most kitchen and laundry tapware is designed to be positioned on the sink or benchtop. However, the situation may arise where the tapware needs to come out of a wall or splashback. In this case, wall stops (hot and cold taps) can be used with a spout.
If a double sink is in place, a swivel spout is normally used to swing from one sink to the other. Keep in mind a spout should not get in the way when washing dishes or handwashing clothes. Pull-out mixer spouts are also an option. They give added reach when cleaning dirty pots & pans, which can sometimes be awkard with a fixed spout.