Types of Taps
What are Mixer Taps?
A mixer tap is simply a tap where the hot and the cold water come out of the same spout. The water temperature and flow is adjustable in a number of ways. The most common are via a lever or levers (the most popular of options); via taps that are mounted on the bench or wall on either side of the spout; and via taps that are actually mounted to the body of the spout itself (monobloc mixer taps).
Why Use Mixer Taps?
Mixer taps are ideal for the kitchen as they are so easy to use, especially if you choose the levered type. Levered mixer taps operate with simple flicks, so you can operate them with your hand, the back of your hand, or even your elbow if your hands are full. This is great if you are trying to multitask, or if you find it difficult to use standard taps.
Mixer taps can also be fitted with spray heads.
They also come in many different designs that they are sure to suit any style of home. Mixer taps can be fitted with a number of features to make them an even more practical choice in the kitchen. For example, you can fit them with a water purifier so that you can drink clean, filtered water straight from the tap, or use the clean water for rinsing vegetables or fruit. A thermostatic mixing valve allows you to set the desired temperature so when you turn the tap on, it is very quickly at the right temperature, minimising water waste.
Ceramic/quarter turn taps
What are quarter-turn taps?
Unlike the commonly used washer type taps, these taps use two, close fitting, slotted ceramic discs in place of the traditional washers. One of the discs is fixed while the other can be turned by the tap handle through 90 degrees. The most obvious feature of ceramic taps is that they are only quarter turn, instead of at least two and a half turns used with washer taps.
Why use quarter-turn taps?
There are a number of advantages with using ceramic discs instead of rubber washers. The main one is that the discs are very hard and withstand the erosion of water very well. With washer taps, both the tap seat and the washer suffer wear, the tap seat by the flow of water and the washer by the actual activity of forcing the washer onto the seat. Ceramic discs do wear out and the tap will eventually drip, however, will generally last longer. These taps are ideal for people with a weakened grip, as they can be turned on and off with very little force.