Have you finally found the bathtub of your dreams? Well, don’t forget about the bathtub filler! While it may not be the first thing on your mind, choosing the right filler for your new tub is essential. Let this comprehensive guide help you make an informed decision and find the perfect bathtub filler for your needs.
Understanding Bathtub Fillers
Bathtub fillers, also known as tub spouts or faucets, are plumbing fixtures responsible for delivering water to your bath. They typically include knobs or a lever for adjusting the flow and temperature of the water.
There are three main types of bathtub fillers: deck-mounted, wall-mounted, and floor-mounted.
Deck-mounted fillers are installed on a flat deck that surrounds the bathtub. They come in multiple styles, with the spout and handles either installed through individual holes in the deck or as an all-in-one unit that uses a single hole. Keep in mind that deck-mounted fillers may require some deck repair after installation.
Wall-mounted fillers are installed directly into the wall. While the spouts and handles are often installed separately, you can also find convenient all-in-one units that require only one cutout in the wall. These fillers are commonly used with bathtubs that are installed into the wall, but they can also be used with tubs placed away from the wall if the spout is long enough.
Floor-mounted fillers, also known as freestanding tub fillers, are installed directly to the floor. These fillers tend to have a more dramatic style, as most of the fixture is exposed. They are commonly used with freestanding bathtubs that are installed away from the wall and without a surrounding deck.
Explore Different Styles
If you’re tired of traditional fixtures, consider opting for a modern style bathtub filler. From waterfall faucets to open spouts, there are numerous options to choose from. Open spouts, for instance, feature an opening at the top where water is exposed, adding a unique touch to your bathing experience. Additionally, you can find elegant tub fillers available in a wide variety of finishes and configurations. Industrial-style fillers, boasting retro knobs, exposed pipes, and oiled brass finishes, are perfect for those seeking an industrial, Victorian, or Clawfoot styled bathroom.
Factors to Consider
When deciding on your next bathtub filler, you’ll need to consider whether you want to install it by yourself or hire a professional. If you’re familiar with home improvement, installing most bathtub fillers shouldn’t pose any issues. However, if there’s a need for new plumbing, drywall, tile, or decking, it’s advisable to seek professional assistance.
Understanding the Costs
The cost of tub fillers depends on their style and the materials used. Expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $3,000 or more. Fillers are typically made from brushed nickel, stainless steel, or polished chrome, which are not cheap materials.
Here’s an average cost breakdown for popular bathtub filler styles:
- Freestanding: $300 to $1,200
- Wall-Mount: $100 to $900
- Deck-Mount: $200 to $600
- Floor-Mount: $300 to $3,000 (higher-end options)
Choosing the Right Bathtub Filler
When selecting a bathtub filler, consider the type of tub you have. If your tub is installed against a wall, a wall-mounted filler is likely the best option. For freestanding tubs, a floor-mounted filler is the way to go.
If you’re having trouble deciding, seek inspiration from design magazines, websites, or even Pinterest. You can also check with your bathtub’s manufacturer for their recommended filler. Start by determining the style you want, whether you prefer a hand shower or a simple faucet. Then, consider the finish that would best complement your tub and bathroom. Finally, ensure that the faucet is compatible with your tub, even if it’s not directly installed on it.
Buying Bathtub Fillers Online
If you want access to a wide variety of options, consider purchasing your bathtub filler online. Most manufacturers provide photos, detailed videos, and installation guides for their products. Buying online can save you both money and time. At ADM Bathroom®, we offer a range of bathtub fillers that may suit your needs. Feel free to contact us to speak with one of our bathroom professionals who can help you choose the right filler for your bathroom.
Choosing the perfect bathtub filler for your new tub is crucial for a satisfying bathing experience. Take into account the different types, styles, costs, and compatibility with your tub. Whether you decide to install it yourself or seek professional help, finding the right filler will ensure your new bathtub is a delight to use.