Here’s what you should know about replacing plumbing fixtures:
When it comes to homeownership, it’s a revolving cycle of maintenance, home improvements and repairs. Additionally, one of the most common home improvements and maintenance tasks you must do is replacing plumbing fixtures for a kitchen or bathroom remodel. However, it’s not as simple as taking the old ones and out and hooking up the new ones. There are compatibility, style and design issues to think about when making this switch. However, many first-timers get in over their heads, buying fixtures and attempting to replace them without doing the research. Here are the things you should be thinking about when replacing plumbing fixtures at your home!
The first factor to consider is the compatibility of your new plumbing fixtures. Do they fit in your counter, will they easily hook up to your plumbing system? This is something that many people don’t think about before purchasing new fixtures. To prevent compatibility problems, carefully inspect your sink to determine the types and sizes of valves and pipes that you have, as well as the layout of your sink. It may be even be helpful to take pictures.
As with everything, price is a huge determinant in what type of fixtures you’ll need. However, this is mostly up to you, as you’re the only one that understands your specific budget. It should be noted that it may not always be the best idea to go with the cheapest option. These are going to be in your home for a long time – whatever you spend, make sure it’s a quality material for the price that you’re paying.
Material & Finish
Something else you’ll want to think about is material and finish. While most faucets and plumbing fixtures are made out metals such as pewter, copper, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and zinc. These materials may affect the price, but they’ll be coated with a finish that will affect the style and how it holds up to water, soap scum and cleaning products and other things found around the sink. Fixtures can be coated to mimic just about any metal, which means the possibilities are almost endless.
It’s important to know that you’re considering all your options before making a final choice. Some contractors may work specifically with certain brands. While this may help you get better prices, you won’t be opened up to all of the options set forth. Do your own research before involving a professional in your search for new faucets.
Think about energy efficiency and water consumption when choosing your new faucets. Some styles may be more prone to wasting water while others may be specifically constructed to cut down on waste and conserve water even if you need to leave the tap running.
Can you reuse old fixtures? In older homes, some may feel that they have to overspend on specially made products that mimic the time period. However, it’s a far better option to find fixtures that can be reused. Search online and in local listings as house flippers routinely list spare parts and materials from homes that they have renovated.