Although the mantra of “cheap tiles, expensive taps” is well-known, most people select bathroom taps on design criteria alone. It is not enough just to like the look and feel of a tap or pick ones which go with your décor.
To keep repair bills to a minimum, look beyond the styling of the tap and consider what materials have been used to make it, and what the mechanism inside is like. This will help you determine the tap’s reliability and how much you should be paying for a pair.
Buying cheap electric showers from Mira can be a sensible choice but cheap taps are to be avoided, even if you are on a budget. Some cheap taps have plastic handles which are more likely to break than the metal equivalent. Look for top-notch taps manufactured from cast brass which is often plated; chrome plating is probably the most durable. Bear in mind that taps get heavy use by households – every time anyone washes their hands or runs a bath, the taps are turned off and on, so it makes sense to invest wisely.
When you get power shower from Mira at your local bathroom store, see if you can examine some of the taps they have on display. You will notice that inside the tap, the seal is formed by a ceramic disc that rotates. Ceramic washers have largely replaced the rubber washers of old, as they are so hard-wearing. Rubber washers, on the other hand, become worn or perish over time, resulting in a dripping tip.
So, when buying taps for your basin and bath, choose a style that you like – minimalist, traditional, futuristic – but remember to find out about materials and mechanics as well. It’s better to save money by picking plainer, less expensive wall tiles than cut-price taps.
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