Bathtub Fillers: Everything You Should Know
You have finally found the bathtub of your dreams. What about the bathtub filler? We get it, bathtub fillers are probably the last thing on your mind, however, careful consideration must be made when choosing the right filler for your new tub.
Let this guide help you choose the perfect bathtub filler for your new tub. To start, bathtub fillers are plumbing fixtures and are often called tub spouts or faucets. They are responsible for delivering the water to your bath and usually include knobs or a lever for adjusting the flow and temperature of the water. Freestanding bathtub fillers usually also include a handheld shower wand, which can be used as a showerhead. There are three main types of bathtub fillers, deck-mounted, wall-mounted and floor-mounted.
Deck-Mounted bathtub fillers are installed on a flat deck that surrounds the bathtub. Deck-mounted fillers are available in multiple styles. The spout and handles may be installed through individual holes in the deck. You can also get an all-in-one unit that is installed using a single hole. Deck-mounted bathtub fillers usually require some deck repair after they are installed.
These fillers are installed directly into the wall. The spouts and handles are often installed separately, however, there are several options available. All-in-one units are probably the easiest to install since only one cutout is required in the wall. Most of the time, wall-mounted fillers are used with bathtubs that are also installed directly into the wall, but this is not always the case. If the spout is long enough, the bathtub can be placed away from the wall.
Floor mounted bathtub fillers, often called freestanding tub fillers, are installed directly to the floor. Floor mounted fillers tend to be more dramatic in style since most of the fixture is exposed. Floor mounted fillers are most commonly used with freestanding bathtubs since the tub is usually installed away from the wall, and without a deck surrounding it. As with most fixtures, bathtub fillers are available in multiple styles.
Modern bathtub fillers
If you are tired of traditional fixtures, then go with a modern styled bathtub filler. There are tons of options, with everything ranging from waterfall faucets to open spouts. With open spouts, there is an opening at the top where the water is exposed on its journey to your tub. If you want something fancy, then go with an elegant bathtub filler. They are available in a wide variety of finishes and configurations. Industrial bathtub fillers boast retro knobs, exposed pipes, and oiled brass finishes. They are perfect for industrial, Victorian, and Clawfoot styled bathrooms.
When deciding on your next bathtub filler, first you must decide if you want to install it yourself or let a professional handle it. If you are familiar with home improvement, you can install most bathtub fillers without any issues. If you need to move or install new plumbing, or if there is a need for new drywall, tile, or decking, you might want to use a professional.
Why are Tub Fillers so Expensive?
The cost of tub fillers is based on the style and the type of materials they are made of. Expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $3,00+ and up. Most tub fillers are made from brushed nickel, stainless steel, or polished chrome, all of which are not cheap materials.
Besides the type of material being used, the style will also affect the pricing of your tub filler. Some tub fillers are more complex than others, while others are harder to install. Here are the costs of some of the most popular bathtub filler styles.
Freestanding – Average cost between $300 to $1,200.
Wall Mount – Average cost between $100 to $900.
Deck Mounted - Average cost between $200 to $600.
Floor Mounted - Average cost between $300 to $3,000 on the high end.
Choosing the Right Bathtub Filler for Your Bathtub
Fillers and bathtubs were made to go together, so, the type of bathtub you have will influence the type of tub filler you should use. If you have a tub that is installed against a wall, then more than likely you will need a wall-mounted filler. If you are installing a freestanding tub, then you will need a floor-mounted tub filler.
If you are still having trouble selecting the right bathtub filler for your tub, then look at some design magazines, websites, or even Pinterest. If you are still stuck, you can always check and see what filler your bathtub’s manufacturer suggests.
The first step is to determine what style you want for your bathtub filler. Do you want a hand shower or just a plan faucet? After you have decided on the style, look for the finish that would work best with your tub, and your bathroom. Do you go with a vintage bronze or gold look, or something more modern like chrome? And most importantly, will the faucet fit your bathtub? Even though it may not be installed directly to your tub, is the spout long enough to reach your tub?
Buying Bathtub Fillers Online
If you want to see the most options available, then buy your bathtub filler online. Most manufacturers have photos or detailed videos of their products, along with installation guides. Buying your bathtub filler online can save you money, and time. Here at ADM Bathroom Design, we have a variety of bathtub fillers that may suit your needs. Feel free to give us a call or message us to speak to one of our bathroom professionals that will be able to help you pick the right bathtub filler for your bathroom!
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