Tapware

Ross’s Home Discount Centre offers a range of high-quality tapware for bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Should you have a question in relation to our tapware, please look for the answer below before getting in touch with us.

  • Are kitchen taps standard size?

    Kitchen taps come in all shapes and sizes. For example, some may have a high-rise design and be large in stature, while others are short and small – it depends on the tap design.

    In terms of installation, all kitchen taps in our range fit standing plumbing fittings, so you will have no trouble installing them.

  • Is Black Tapware more expensive?

    Black tapware is generally more expensive than chrome tapware, but not by much. For example, our Chrome Elgin Basin Mixer is $150.00, whereas our Black Elgin Basin Mixer is $220.00.

    Black tapware is much cheaper than many other finishes. Brushed nickel, brushed gold, and gunmetal grey tapware, for instance, is much more expensive. The Brushed Nickel Elgin Basin Mixer is $260.00, for example.

  • What should I look for when buying a kitchen tap?

    The kitchen tap is the most used tap of a home; therefore, investing in quality is most important. The quality of a tap is evident from the materials used in the manufacturing process, the warranty, and whether it is Watermark approved. Quality taps comprise brass construction and ceramic disc cartridges. They have a 5-10 year warranty and are Watermark approved.

    The other important factor is functionality and ease of operating. Kitchen taps can come with various features such as a pull-out sprayer and flexible hoses and can have a single lever, dual levers, turn assemblies, etc. Consider your preference before making a decision.

  • Are bath taps a standard size?

    Bath taps come in all shapes and sizes. For example, some spouts may be 185mm long, others 230mm – it depends on the tap design.
    In terms of installation, all bath taps in our range fit standing plumbing fittings, so you will have no trouble installing them.

  • What is a kitchen mixer?

    A kitchen mixer is an all-in-one tap, that doesn’t require additional hot and cold turn assemblies. Instead, mixer taps comprise an easy-to-use lever handle that allows for accurate and quick control over water temperature and flow.

  • What is a shower mixer tap?

    A shower mixer tap is the item of tapware that enables a shower head to function. The mixer tap offers accurate and quick control over water temperature and flow. Without it, water would not pass through the pipes and out the showerhead.
    In most cases, a shower mixer tap is required in addition to a showerhead or shower set.

  • Which kitchen tap is best?

    Mixer taps top the list in terms of the best kitchen tap. Mixer taps comprise an easy-to-use lever handle that allows for accurate and quick control over water temperature and flow. Moreover, you can operate them with one hand, which is handy if you’re multitasking in the kitchen.
    Due to their popularity, there is a wide range of design options, so you are sure to find one to suit your home style.

  • How do I change Tapware?

    We recommend you contact a licensed plumber to change tapware. However, you can do it, providing you have the correct tools.

    1. The first thing you need to do is turn off your water supply at the mains. Once you are sure that the water is off, turn on the taps to clear residual water from the pipes.
    2. Take a wrench and undo the nut that connects the hot and cold hoses to the water supply. Then, undo the nut that holds the old tapware in place.
    3. Place your new tap into the place of the old tap and fix it into position. Then, reconnect the hot and cold hoses to the water supply.
    4. Turn the water supply back on at the mains and test the tap for leaks.
  • What is tapware made from?

    Tapware is made generally from metals including stainless steel, carbon steel and brass. Tapware in our range is made from Dezincification Resistant (DR) brass and finished with durable materials. Brass offers much better thermal conductivity than stainless steel or carbon steel.

  • Does black Tapware last?

    Yes! Absolutely. The key is to invest in black tapware with an electroplated finish, as opposed to a powder-coated finish, which is what you can expect from all black tapware in Ross’s Discount Home Centre’s range.
    Electroplating is the process of applying a metal coating to a substrate through the reduction of cations of that metal by means of a direct electric current. It is robust, and won’t naturally ware off; however, it will show signs of wear over many years of use. It offers far greater longevity than powder-coated finishes.

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