|BUY BATHROOM SUITESBathroom suites are also known as sanitary ware, ceramics, porcelain and ware.
The first question I had when I started selling bathroom suites was how do you know which is good and which isn’t so good? All the sanitary ware companies say they are the best!
Well, like anything you buy, the quality is down to how long you want to use it for, how many times you use it, what you want to pay for it, and how you want it to look.There are four basic areas that affect the quality of bathroom suites and expected lifespan:
The depth of the glaze
All suites have a glaze which is the glass-like surface coating which is fired onto the pottery in the kiln when it is made. The glaze enables the WC pot in a bathroom suite to be waterproof and protects it from chemicals, such as bleach etc, over its life. The thicker the glaze generally the longer the life. Once the glaze wears out, the pot becomes porous, absorbs water and eventually cracks. The more you use and clean your bathroom suite the faster the glaze wears out. To make the glaze thicker you have to apply it a layer at a time and each time fire it in the kiln. This process results in breakages within the kiln.
For example, if I fire 100 pieces of pot once I may get 99 back in one piece, so the 99 pays for the 100. If I then fire the 99 again I may get 80 back in one piece, so now 80 have to pay for 100. If I then fire the 80 I may get only 50 back in one piece, so now 50 have to pay for 100. If you assume that each layer of glaze lasts approximately 5 to 7 years you can soon see how the system works. If you glaze suites only once, you get a less expensive cost to manufacture but the product does not last as long in a bathroom. The thicker the glaze the longer the pottery lasts in your bathroom.
Quality of clay in sanitary ware
The quality of the clay that is used to make sanitary ware is very important. The reason for this is that the finer the clay the smoother the finish will be on the bathroom suite being made. If you use a poorer grade of clay it will have more grit in it and the bathroom suite surface will have a more rippled appearance. You may also find that because of the increased grit content the bathroom suites pottery is heavier than an item of the same size made with a finer grade of clay. The finer the clay the more tonnes of rough clay you have to use to refine down to make it. It is therefore less expensive to produce pottery with a coarse grade of clay.
The overspray or colour
The white colour, or whatever colour it happens to be, is applied to the pottery before the glaze. Each manufacturer mixes their own colour to try to match it to the colour of the acrylic baths. The white colour of the acrylic bath is a worldwide standard set by the acrylic manufacturers. You need to be aware of this if you try to mix and match bathroom items from different manufacturers.
Its usually acceptable to have a toilet and basin from one supplier made to match the bath but if you put a basin from one supplier and a toilet from another and then the bath together it will stand out like a sore thumb. The thicker the colour is applied, the less fading on a suite’s edges takes place and the colour is even over the whole of the item.
The colour as with the glaze is applied in layers and then has to be left to set before the next coat can be applied. The fewer coats the quicker the product can be made and the less cost is involved.
Bathroom suites design
The more intricate the suite design, the more expensive the mould is to make and the more chance there is that you will not always remove it from the mould without damage. Plainer bathroom suite shapes are usually less expensive. You should also note that bathroom suite basins, toilets and bidets are made as matched sets. You will often find that the foot of the pedestal on the basin matches the foot of the toilet pan and that the back of the basin matches the toilet cistern lid.
One general point to be made is that sanitary ware pottery is often sold in what is known in the trade as a four-piece suite. That is a basin, pedestal, pan and cistern.
BATHROOM SUITES – TOILETS & WC’S
There are five types of toilets for bathroom suites currently available in the UK. These are Wall hung, Back-to-wall, Close-coupled, Low level and High level.
Wall hung WC
This type of toilet has the pan hanging on the wall and the cistern concealed in the wall behind it. More common in mainland Europe. These bathroom suites have become increasingly popular over recent years as more people travel abroad. You do however need to ensure that the pan is supported properly when fitted either by the use of special floor mounting brackets or the use of a framework.
This type of WC allows ease of cleaning and as the pan is the only visible piece of pot it minimises the impact of the WC on the design of the bathoom.
Back to wall WC
TYPES OF FLUSHING MECHANISM