Bath taps are the basic fittings in a bathroom, capable of determining the functionality and utility of bathrooms, regardless of their size. A wide variety of bath taps have been designed ever since they were invented, allowing innovation, quality and style. Architects, who design houses, give more emphasis to bathroom designs and bath taps, at an early stage, in an attempt to enhance the overall interior décor of the residence.
Bath taps are available in numerous styles, materials, colors and designs to suit all types of bathrooms namely, simple, luxurious, traditional, antique, contemporary and ultra-modern. These basic plumbing fixtures in their latest styles add a distinct charm and luxury to modern bathrooms. Based on application and configuration, bath taps are classified into a few types. Bath mixer taps allow hot and cold water blending. Others include basin taps, bib taps, pillar taps, monobloc taps, sink taps and single lever taps.
Bath taps are manufactured in a variety of materials such as polished chrome, nickel, brass, ceramic, steel and porcelain. Brass and steel bath taps are more popular compared to the others. Brass taps are more dashing, though they are exposed to dezincification in the long run. However, top quality brass taps provide longevity. Steel bath taps are advantageous, as they do not get corroded, and give a neat appearance with exceptional performance in the long run.
Bath taps are also classified according to their functions. The mechanism of the tap is operated by ceramic disc as well as spindle. The ceramic disc mechanism is superior, allowing durability and incorporated in expensive taps, wherein a lever-turn, parts the disc, releasing water. The traditional spindle mechanism comprises spindle through core, with a valve fixed using a screw thread. As the washer is fixed to the valve seat end, turning the knob moves the valve seat, adjusting water flow. Delayed Time Self Closing bath taps save water and also come with temperature control valves.
The screw-down bath tap, offered in all finishes, has two taps for cold and hot water, and can be screwed down when water is turned on. The single-lever mixer bath tap is easy to use, as it controls hot and cold water. A lever-tilt turns the tap on or off, and it is the most popular bath tap. The double lever tap has separate levers for hot and cold, and is also easy to use. Moving the lever up or down turns the tap on or off respectively. The cross tap-ware is a kind of bath tap with a cross shape and can be turned on, using a circular motion. It requires less maintenance and has few groves. It is also available in all materials, as it is more commonly used.
Modern bath taps are designed with equal regard to functionality and aesthetic appeal, enhancing lifestyle and comfort for almost all.