How to select master bath plumbing fixtures that look great and will last a lifetime
Are your master bath plumbing fixtures looking old and showing a dull, pitted finish? Or, do they just look dated and out of style in your new bathroom remodel? Then it might be time to replace them!
Today, you have a wide range of choices in a myriad of styles and finishes to choose from. From $200 dollar faucets with five-year warranties to multi-head shower walls that can clean parts of your body you didn’t even know you had, the choices are nearly endless!
Tips For Choosing The Perfect Plumbing Fixtures
The best fixtures carry a lifetime warranty when it comes to finishes, so if you’re happy with yours but it’s looking a little dull, you should contact the manufacturer and check their warranty policy. If you’re new to selecting finishes and fixtures, it’s a great idea to get all of your master bathroom plumbing fixtures and accessories in the same finish. Some like chrome and brushed nickel are somewhat universal but be careful, different manufacturers can produce fixtures using the same finishes that are not a perfect match and can cause design issues.
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The best way to ensure that you’re getting the exact same finish is to purchase all of your fixtures from the same manufacturer. Most will offer complete en suite sets that include tub spouts, shower heads, faucets and temperature handles that match in both style and finish. If you are keeping some fixtures and replacing others make sure to bring the current one with you to make sure you can match the style, color and finish.
Don’t Skimp on Price: Quality Matters!
If you’re spending tens of thousands of dollars on a master bathroom remodeling, the place to save is not on your fixtures! When it comes to bathroom plumbing fixtures you definitely get what you pay for. In terms of style and finish, every manufacturer offers lower end models that are stylish and look great, at least for a little while!
What separates a quality fixture built to last a lifetime is much more than style and finish. It starts with the material it is made from. Start by looking at the body which includes the spout and controls. Solid brass bodies are best. They will last the longest and require the least amount of care. This is especially important if your home has hard water, which can corrode lesser metals. While solid brass construction costs the most, you get what you pay for in terms of quality and durability. If you’re not sure if a fixture is a solid brass, pick it up, it will feel heavier than other units.
Faucets with zinc alloy die cast bodies cost less and are durable. Zinc is the most common metal beneath most brass and chrome plated fixtures. Zinc will corrode when it contacts water so these faucets may only last a few years before needing to be replaced. Finally, stay away from low-end faucets with plastic bodies or components. While their inexpensive price may look good, plastic doesn’t hold up at all and you’ll be replacing your fixtures every two years.
Popular Finishes for Master Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures
Fixtures come in a variety of finishes to meet every taste and style. Here are few of the most popular choices of many homeowners and designers.
Polished Brass – Perfect if you’re looking for a vintage feel, but it also works in eclectic traditional and modern bathrooms as well.
Satin Brass – Satin brass offers homeowners an elegant brushed-gold look that is understated yet elegant. Its perfect for contemporary, modern of traditional designs and is incredibly durable.
Oil Rubbed Bronze – If you’re looking for a traditional look and are not interested in brushed nickel or chrome, oil-rubbed bronze is the perfect compromise. It’s perfect in Mediterranean or Tuscan themed baths and is easy to clean.
Satin Bronze – If you love the look of oil-rubbed bronze or copper then you’ll love satin bronze! At home in Mediterranean, traditional and eclectic designs it’s a lighter alternative to oil-rubbed bronze and easier to maintain than copper.
Polished Nickel – Darker than chrome, but with the same luster, polished nickel can change color depending on how it’s lit. Perfect in eclectic, traditional, contemporary and modern bathrooms. It can be expensive but is extremely durable.
Brushed Nickel – Another popular choice, brushed nickel is at home in any style bathroom and is extremely durable. It never shows wear, water spots stains or fingerprints.
Copper – Copper fixtures are bold, luxurious and look simply amazing when paired with a marble vanity top. Copper works in steampunk, Tuscan or farmhouse settings and it ages beautifully creating a unique and beautiful patina over time.
Chrome – Chrome is a universal finish that goes in any style bathroom. It’s also the most budget friendly. If you’re looking for durability and a finish that works in any decor, chrome is the perfect choice.
Colored Fixtures – White, Black Red, etc. If you’re looking for a pop of color, today, fixtures are available in any number of colors and styles. Often available with a plastic finish or porcelain. Whenever possible, choose porcelain, it’s more durable, easier to clean and is a definite design statement!
Choosing your perfect bathroom fixtures can be fun and exciting! Today, you have choices to fit any style, taste, and budget. If you’re working with a designer or design build firm, they can help you to understand your plumbing fixture options and guide you towards the best choice for the look you want. It’s best to always go for the highest-quality materials your budget allows. Do your research, speak with our designers and come up with your perfect style and you’ll find the perfect fixtures that will last a lifetime!
If live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a master suite bath remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you create a master bath you will love for years to come.