For years now people have been debating whether chrome or brushed nickel is better for bathroom plumbing. The question has been bugging homeowners and DIY plumbing professionals for years, and finally the answer has been revealed. So what does this answer mean to the average homeowner who is planning to install a new bathroom sink? Read on to find out.
So, why the big debate about brushed nickel over chrome? It’s simple really. Chrome is shiny whereas brushed nickel is not. You can have chrome sink and brushed nickel faucets and both will look fantastic in your bathroom, but the difference between them is very slight.
So let’s get down to brass tacks. First of all if you decide to go with either chrome or brushed nickel, you will have some plumbing repairs to do. If you’re not good with plumbing then you should probably hire a plumber to do the repairs. But if you’re up to the challenge of tackling the project on your own, you will find that choosing the right plumbing materials for the project is the key to success. So how do you choose the right plumbing material? Here are some great plumbing tips and tricks that will help you make an informed decision before heading off to the hardware store.
To start with there are many different types of plumbing materials that are available including porcelain, copper and stainless steel. So if you’re thinking of installing a new bathroom sink in your home, one of the first things that you need to think about is which type of plumbing is best suited for the job. In this case it’s pretty much a toss up between chrome and brushed nickel. However, you should keep a few things in mind when deciding between the two.
First of all, nickel is a much stronger and harder substance than copper. It can certainly last longer than copper but it also has less of a shine. For this reason if you’re looking for a modern style bathroom you probably want to go with nickel. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more traditional styled home with period fixtures, then plumbing with a copper bottom will look out of place. In terms of size, nickel pipes are generally smaller than copper pipes so you’ll have to choose the size of your plumbing carefully if you’re going with nickel.
The thing about brushed nickel is that if you don’t maintain it properly, it will look out of place. With brushing chrome, you’ll need to clean the polished chrome periodically to prevent the chrome finish from scratching. You can achieve this by using some brass polish with a very soft cloth. When you’ve achieved a good shine and it’s not too dirty, you can then use special polish cleaner. However, some people prefer their bathrooms to just be plain so brushed nickel may not be the best choice for them.
Brushed nickel can be an excellent choice if you have a very modern styled bathroom. Chrome can be a very cold color which is great if you’re trying to create some sort of contrast but brushed nickel works much better if you have a very antique styled bathroom. This works especially well if the rest of the house is decorated in antiques. On the other hand if you have a more conventional styled home decorated in more modern materials then brushed nickel may be too bright and out of place. Of course it depends on how you personally feel!
There are so many options when choosing a new bathroom suite. If you’re considering getting a brushed chrome finish then you should definitely read up on all of the pros and cons of chrome. The good news is that if you do buy chrome, it will look fantastic. In fact, most experts agree that if you’re planning on re-painting your existing bathroom, it’s probably a great idea to go with a chrome finish rather than go for a brushed nickel option as this looks more modern and even has the benefit of requiring less maintenance.