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Types of Taps

Types of Taps
25th March 2013

If you're planning a bathroom or kitchen remodelling, you'll be inundated with decisions that need to be made from the style of fixtures that you want to include to the colour of paint that you want to use on the walls. One decision that homeowners often don't think much about is the type of tap that they will use in their kitchen or bathroom sink, and because of this, many end up disappointed with the functionality of their taps once the renovation is complete.

To help you choose the best tap for your kitchen or bathroom sink, we've put together this quick guide to types of taps. There are four main types of taps used in bathroom and kitchen sinks. We'll review each and explain their benefits and drawbacks.

  • Ball taps have a single handle that moves in all directions over a metal ball joint. This style is most commonly found in kitchens and was the first washer-less tap to appear on the market. The free movement of the ball tap allows you to easily adjust the flow rate of water, but some people find it difficult to adjust the temperature with the handle. Ball taps are slightly more prone to leaks; however, it is very easy to turn off a ball tap, so the style can help prevent wasted water.
  • Disc taps also have a single handle but feature a cylindrical body rather than a rounded one. These taps are most commonly used in kitchens though they are added to bathroom sinks occasionally as well. Inside the housing, two discs control the flow rate of water and mix hot and cold temperatures. Like a ball tap, a disc tap allows for easy control of water flow, but it can be hard to fine-tune the water temperature. In comparison to ball taps, disc taps are much more durable and last for many years without needing repairs. As disc taps are considered a newer innovation in plumbing design, they are often more expensive than traditional ball taps.
  • Stem cartridge taps have two handles: one for hot water and one for cold. To operate the tap, you simply turn the handles to increase the water flow. Getting the ideal water temperature is quick and easy with a stem cartridge tap, but this type poses the greatest risk for accidentally being left running, as the smooth movement of the handles can make it difficult to tell when you have fully closed the tap.
  • Compression taps look similar to stem cartridge taps; however instead of just twisting the handles, this type requires you to push down and twist to initiate water flow. Because this added step makes the taps more difficult to operate, they are usually reserved for work sinks and are not commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens. The style does cut down on the risk of accidentally leaving the taps running, so eco-conscious homeowners sometimes prefer this style.

Sydney Emergency Plumbing is Sydney's leader in bathroom and kitchen renovations. We can help you create the space of your dreams, give you more advice about what type of tap setup is best for you and show you the latest in designer taps. Contact us today for more information.

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