When someone sets out to re-do their bathroom, be it a small little redesign or an overall renovation, there are a number 0f competing factors. There is, of course, that most important of considerations, budget, in addition to dimensions and other technical aspects.
We all want longevity when we buy anything, as that guarantees a significant reduction of hassle and, most importantly, costs. This is because you do not have to shell out to replace this brittle sink, or radiator, or whatever else. One thing that in my experience is often overlooked is the material used to construct certain items, which is surprising as that factor can have a major, if not decisive, impact.
Here are the materials you should be looking out for to guarantee seriously long-lasting performance.
Taps & Shower Valves
For me, these units should always be cast in some material that is seriously resistant to corrosion. Best in class is solid brass, which is also extremely tough as well.
The wise among you will already be wondering how else you can improve on a shower enclosure. Of course, it will be formed of glass, but it’s clear to see (sorry) that not all glass is created equal. Tempered safety glass should be your first stop, but always ensure that the glass is of BS6206 quality. This is an independent guarantor of quality, so you know you can trust it.
Basins & Toilets
One very simple answer here: White Vitreous China on all ceramic units. I understand that ceramics can be much of a muchness, but my experience with WVC shows it to be an unbeatably hardy, grime-resistant and bright material.
Towel radiators, vertical radiators, chrome radiators or even your electric radiator, they all should benefit from the myriad and germane qualities of low carbon steel. Strong, amenable to welding and impressively impervious to rust and other damaging corrosives, these heating units will stand you in far better stead than inferior metals.