Today's bath and shower faucets provide more than a high flow of water. With a variety of configurations, features and style options to choose from, tub and shower faucets can also function as a stylish accent in your bathroom design.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TUB & SHOWER AND ROMAN TUB FAUCETS
There are many decisions to be made from both a practical and design perspective when selecting a faucet for your tub and/or shower. If you're replacing an old faucet, consider the configuration of your previous faucet. If you're starting to build your bathroom from the ground up, ensure there is a 3/4" supply line available to allow for quick and heavier water flow to the faucet.
Tub & Shower Faucets
May have one, two or three handles
Three-handle tub and shower faucets have a handle as a diverter rather than a diverter located on the tub spout
A 3/4" supply line is encouraged for use with spa filler models
Bath faucets are designed to have a much higher flow rate than sink faucets and, therefore, are not interchangeable. Also, most jurisdictions require the maximum water flow to be restricted to 2.5 GPM or 9.5 L/Min at 80 psi for all new tub and shower faucet installations, and the faucet to be pressure-balanced to ensure the user is not scalded by a surge of hot water when another device in the house, such as a toilet or dishwasher, is in use.
Deciding On The Faucet Mount
Wall, Tub and Deck-Mounted
Pipes are concealed leaving the spouts and handles exposed.
Plumbing holes are typically 4" - 8" apart from the centre of one handle to the other.
A practical solution when the bath doubles as a shower.
Deck-mount faucets, which include Roman tub faucets, allow for more sitting room in the tub.
Pre-drilled holes in the tub rim, through the tub wall or on the bathroom wall over tubs on platforms or sunken below floor level, are required.
Pipes come straight out of the ground.
Can be mounted at either end of the tub.
A great option for tubs with continuously rolled rims like claw foot tubs or their modern equivalents.
Suitable for use on tubs without pre-drilled holes.
Requires brackets to secure the faucet to either the tub or wall for support.
LOOK FOR THE QUALITY & FEATURES DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR LIFESTYLE DEMANDS
Solid brass faucet bodies are more durable and resist corrosion in areas with hard water.
Zinc-alloy faucets are durable and less expensive than solid brass, but must be replaced when the plating wears off.
Two-handles are useful with spa tubs because they provide more temperature control.
Hand-held showers make rinsing off and tub cleaning easier. Depending on your tub's configuration, these models may require an additional hole in the tub for installation.
Diverters shift the flow of water in tub and shower combos from the spout to the showerhead.
On The Spout
Pull up the diverter on the tub spout when water is flowing to activate the showerhead.
Turn the middle handle to activate the showerhead.
Single Handle Pull-Up
Pull up on the temperature control handle to activate the showerhead.
Pressure-Balancing Valves maintain your preset water temperature when hot or cold water pressure suddenly drops.
Thermostatic Valves adjust the flow of hot and cold water to maintain a preset temperature. Some feature digital displays that provide temperature readings.
Universal Valves accommodate a wide range of faucet fixtures, eliminating the need to make adjustments and alterations to concealed plumbing.
Anti-Scald Valves allow you to set the maximum temperature. Some units feature anti-scald protection built directly into the faucet.
Self-Cleaning Showerheads require minimal maintenance because they do not accumulate nor corrode from calcium or lime deposits that often restrict water flow.
Adjustable Locking Showerheads ensure a full range of adjustability without arm slippage.
CHOOSE YOUR STYLE & FINISH
Adding Flair with Functionality
The choices in design and finishes are abundant; however, if you are replacing an old tub or shower faucet, the style will depend largely on your previous faucet configuration. Select a faucet that complements the other fixtures in your bathroom, and is consistent with the overall theme and design of your home. For low-maintenance living, look for matte finishes and/or faucets with lifetime warranties on the finish. Matte will not show water marks and fingerprints as easily as polished finishes and lifetime warranties will guarantee the finish will not corrode, tarnish or discolour.
The finish is the surface coating on the faucet’s spout and handles. Choose from a variety of options.
Durable, economical and easy to clean
Resists oxidation but does show water marks more than some other finishes.