In wall mixers have been a popular style of tap for showers and baths. But more recently, in wall basin mixers have become a trend. There are many benefits to having taps installed in the wall, but there are also some key considerations if you decide on this style of tap for your renovation or new build. Here are some things to consider when deciding on in wall basin mixers.
Save bench space
One of the reasons many opt for a wall mounted mixer is because it saves having a tap installed in the benchtop. This can be beneficial if you are wanting a vessel basin and have opted for a slim vanity bench. To save space, a wall mounted mixer is one way to grab back much needed bench space.
Makes cleaning easy
Wall mounted mixers also make cleaning the bench easier as you don’t have to clean in between tight spaces. Tight spaces can be prone to mould, so removing this chance prevents that from happening.
Mixer taps are a more recent design in tapware, so the adoption of wall mixers has generally been a slower process. But more and more bathrooms are adopting this style of tap – especially in the shower. When installed over a basin, sink or bath, it offers a contemporary look.
What you need to know BEFORE you decide on in wall basin mixers
If you decide to have this style of tap installed, you need to let your plumber and builder know at the beginning of the renovation or new build, as the services will need to be roughed in the correct position. Should the mixer be roughed in the wrong position, this can potentially affect the whole design of the bathroom. The matching fixture will need to be moved to meet the spout to look balanced in design and to catch the water from the spout.
Before demolition, a detailed plan with measurements of where the tap and spout needs to be will ensure the tap is in the right position, above the basin/bath/sink.
When you choose your in wall basin mixer, choose a reputable brand that has longevity. Usually a mixer will last a number of years and can be fixed by replacing the cartridge. But if you’ve chosen an unusual or cheaper brand of mixer, the moment it starts to leak, your plumber may find it difficult to locate the right cartridge. If a cartridge can’t be sourced, the taps will need to be ripped out – which will incur considerable cost if tiles have to be removed, let alone the compromise on the waterproof membrane.
Always purchase your wall mounted mixers from a reputable plumbing company like Reece and Tradelink as they will usually be able to source the right cartridge, should your mixer need it.
Another important note is check your spout will reach the basin. The right length spout shouldn’t flow on the basin mount. It should flow into the basin itself.
Be wary of any cabinetry or mirrors that are installed above the wall mounted mixer. Usually the mixer will have a flange or plate that conceals the hole where the mixer has been installed. Also make note of whether the lever will point north or south. The lever will need room to move so the water can be turned on and off. You don’t want to have cabinetry above the lever that makes turning the tap handle difficult.
With good planning and design, you should have no issues with this style of mixer. I have had friends who were swayed by their plumber to install a mixer into the benchtop rather than in the wall. Don’t be swayed by what a tradie thinks is easier to ‘fix’. Usually a renovated bathroom will last 15 to 20 years, and by then new taps will be replaced when the bathroom is redone again.