Given the number of types of antique taps that are available in the market, it’s important to consider a number of aspects before making your purchase.
First of all, there are three types of taps that are considered to be the main types. Three of these types include the pillar, mixer and mono tap.
The pillar tap is ideal for basins and baths and which has a cross head and a lever handle. A couple of advantages with picking this type of tap include inexpensive to purchase as well as easy installation.
The mixer tap has two handles on either side of a spout and which performs the function of mixing both cold and hot water. While these taps are pleasing to the eye, they require high pressure to function well and which is why you will need to install a pump.
As for the mono tap, this is also controlled by a single lever and will mix cold and hot water through a single spout. One thing to keep in mind when opting for one of these units: make sure the pressure is even between the hot and cold water supplies.
The next aspect is that of a finish and there are three types: brass, shiny chrome as well as matte and satin finishes.
The brass finish has a warm, inviting look and for which, the best style to go with is the Victorian style. The shiny chrome finish, as expected, offers a gleaming look. That said, it takes a lot of effort to keep it looking that way. It’s a good idea to avoid installing this type of unit in the bathroom especially if you have children as they will ruin its look in no time. Finally, the matte and satin finish gives your home a sleek and fresh look. On advantage is that it is easy to clean.
Last but not the least, it is important to note that you should expect to pay up to $200 for each tap while also remembering to clean them as often as possible.