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Thermostatic Valves For Safety

April 29, 2012 in Bathroom Taps, Plumbing Accessories

In the future, all new build homes will come with thermostatic mixer valves added to the bathroom for safety. This is important for anyone building a new home to know, but also useful for anyone looking at renovating their bathrooms as it is something that potential buyers are going to come to expect from homes that they purchase. It’s important to know what one of these valves is, how and where to fit one and exactly what they are used for.

A thermostatic valve is fitted to the hot and cold feeds going into the bath and basin (and possibly shower, depending on what kind of shower you have) to ensure that the warm water supplied to the taps is never too warm. This prevents scalding and is especially important for the elderly and those with young families. They work by regulating the temperature of the hot water, and adding in cold water if necessary to keep the water from being too hot and becoming dangerous.

These devices are relatively small and come in common plumbing diameters to make sure that they fit easily and simply to the existing pipework so they can be added to the bathroom with minimum disruption and effort. They are available in sizes and designs that are ideally suited for basins or baths. Ideally they are fitted under the basin or bath and hidden away from view in either the pedestal in the case of a basin or behind the panel in the case of a bath.

Once the thermostatic valves are fitted, as long as they are fitted correctly and functioning properly, they will prevent people from scalding themselves or from suffering burns. There are other benefits too: you know you can leave a bubble bath running unattended and won’t have to come back and spend time adding in cold water to get it down to a comfortable temperature. You won’t have to watch your children in the bath as carefully, secure in the knowledge that they won’t be able to do themselves a mischief by running the hot taps onto themselves. And you won’t have to waste time checking the temperature of your water with a hand or elbow before enjoying a well-earned soak in the tub.

Whether you’re adding a new bathroom, renovating an old one or just looking to protect your loved ones, a thermostatic valve will bring you peace of mind, make your life simpler and add a feature that will greatly appeal to potential house buyers.

The Beauty Of The Freestanding Bath

March 14, 2012 in Baths, Freestanding Baths

By the main university in Manchester sits a statue of Archimedes experiencing his eureka moment; he’s in a freestanding bath and water is pouring out as he looks poised to spring out, naked. In an old chocolate advert a woman luxuriates in a freestanding bath, which is overflowing as she enjoys a chocolate bar and music plays on in the background. In the madness of King George one of the lasting images is of the King bathing and Westerns seem incomplete without protagonists enjoying a scrub in a battered tin bath.

Freestanding baths are strongly iconic and there is a definite imagery associated with them: of luxury and relaxation, of decadence and contemplation. For this reason, many people would love to fit them within their homes but the perceived cost of them puts many off as well as a fear of what is actually involved in fitting one and the attendant plumbing.

In truth, freestanding baths are barely more complicated than a more conventional bath. Many of them can actually have pipework fitted within them and even the taps and wastes can be fitted as part of the bath itself or easily onto the edge of the bath. However, if you are fitting something like a traditional slipper bath or a bath on legs, then you’re probably going to want to consider running external plumbing, as much as an aesthetic choice as a practical consideration.

Even this external plumbing is easy to fit, however; it comes with standard fittings and is a standard diameter and made from chromed metal. If you choose to run standpipes up the side of your bath you will find that you have as great a choice of taps and fittings as you would with any conventional installation and this will allow you to find the perfect taps to create the mood and atmosphere that you are striving for in choosing to fit a freestanding bath in the first place.

With some of the more modern designs of freestanding baths you have the facility to place the wastes within the skin of the bath, and you can also use this to fit an overflow filler. This lets you fill the bath from where the water would normally drain if it was overfilled. Some of them even allow you to fit conventional taps as you would on a fitted bath, although it is a decision for you to make according to your preferences as to whether you think this spoils the line of the bath. Remember that it will be the focal point of your entire bathroom because of the strong statement it makes, and that you must consider this when accessorising and finishing around it.

Freestanding Baths Aren’t Just For Traditional Homes

February 19, 2012 in Baths, Freestanding Baths

For many people the image of freestanding baths is forever entwined with an old fashioned enamelled bath on feet on a wooden floor in a room full of old fashioned furnishings and decoration. Although a great many freestanding baths are traditionally designed, and beautiful with it, it is also possible to find much more modern designs that wouldn’t look out of place in a minimalist or post-modern home.

Traditional freestanding baths incorporate feet to raise the bottom of the bath from the floor and, when choosing one, pick feet that tie to the other fittings in the room. Typically this may include things like towel rails, toilet flushes and door handles. The baths themselves may be of a double ended, roll top or slipper design and you should pick one with lines and curves that marry to the rest of the fittings in the bathroom. Bear in mind that a lot of traditional basins and toilets tend to be more ornate than their modern equivalents, but a bath with that level of ornate detailing will look odd and overly fussy. Usually all taps and wastes are external fittings so the bath will have pipes running alongside it which will impact on where you can place it and the layout of the room overall.

Modern freestanding baths tend not to incorporate feet or are on feet that are more plainly designed. They may sit on the floor directly and will not always have an exposed bottom. They usually have sleeker lines and a more minimalist line. They are available in angular designs or more curvilinear shapes, depending on whether you want to evoke a bubble or block in your overall design. They can have internal wastes and taps so there is nothing to detract from the line of the bath and to simplify plumbing.

When placing freestanding baths please be aware that they usually need space around them, both for things like plumbing and access and generally to make sure that they don’t look odd within the room. For this reason they tend to be used in larger rooms, although there are now some innovative designs that are smaller and clever decoration will enable you to put them in a more confined space.

Freestanding baths have benefited from the advances in technology in manufacturing, whatever their design. Many are now made from an innovative dual layer process whereby two layer of thick acrylic make the internal and external sides of the bath, with an insulation layer between them. The acrylic is further reinforced with fibreglass and the bottom contains a bonded resin encapsulated base that is both very strong and thermally excellent. Typically these baths remain warm to the touch and retain their heat incredibly well.

Whatever design you choose, you can be sure that you will benefit from the latest designs, incredible quality and great prices.

Adding A Shower And Other Bathing Options

December 11, 2011 in Baths

With an expansive collection of baths made to fit every bathroom type and size, Liberty Bathrooms has the solution for you. Whether your decorating scheme feels traditional, chic or contemporary, you can be sure that they have a bath that will work perfectly. They also have all of the options available to ensure that it not only fits your style, but your needs.

The baths that are offered come in a variety of styles such as acrylic, enamelled steel, corner baths, shower baths, freestanding baths and the ultimate whirlpool bath. They are made in a variety of style to fit any size bath. Baths are available anywhere from 1500x700mm to 1800x800mm.

The perfect bath for a family bathroom is a enamelled steel bath. This type of bath provides a very practical solution for the entire family. For a more modern look, you might choose a double-ended bath, which is becoming a more common style for new homes. Double-ended baths have both taps positioned in the center of the bath, so that you can bathe at either end without the taps interfering. This type of bath is also great for families, because there is plenty of bathing space for two children.

For combining bath and shower in the same space, you should consider shower baths. This is especially useful in homes that do not have enough space for a seperate bath and shower. Shower Baths feature one end wider than the other in order to create an area that is large enough for showering, and comfortable for bathing. Shower baths come in two styles, the l-shape and p-shape. A p-shape shower bath will work in any bathroom style. If you want a more modern look, go for the l-shape shower bath. The shower baths found on Liberty Bathrooms come with a bath screen. This will help to protect your bathroom from excess water mess while showering. One important thing to consider before purchasing a shower bath, is whether or not you need a left handed or right handed bath. Make sure to find this out before buying.

If you’re looking to make a strong design statement, a freestanding bath is sure to give you the wow factor that you’re looking for. For a more traditional style, choose a roll top or slipper freestanding bath.

For a feeling of luxury, consider using a corner bath as an alternative to a straight bath in your bathroom. This style of bath also works well in oddly shaped bathrooms, where you have to do everything possible to make the most of the space that you have. By using a corner bath, you free up some very valuable space in the rest of the room. Corner baths are available in sizes ranging from 1400x1400mm to 1500x1000mm.

Bath Styles to Consider

May 10, 2011 in Baths

There are many exciting bath styles to choose from today. As far as materials go, consumers have many choices starting with traditional cast-iron which is very durable. Cast-iron is quite heavy so if you would like a bath made of cast-iron in your bathroom, you must be sure that your flooring is reinforced so that it can hold the weight.

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Baths – What’s yours made of?

March 2, 2011 in Baths

A bathtub is not only central to a bathroom’s interior design but it is an essential component in the personal health and hygiene of individuals. Bathing is an activity which soothes and relaxes your muscles, perfect for those with rheumatism or arthritis, or for simply distressing yourself at the end of a busy and hectic day at work. For this reason, choosing the right bathtub is imperative.

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