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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What You Need to Know About Wall-mounted Toilets

What You Need to Know About Wall-mounted Toilets
Wall-mounted (or wall-hung) toilets are catching on in the UK and if you’re planning to remodel your bathroom soon or if you’re replacing your existing toilet, then you might be thinking about installing one. Before you skip off to buy a brand-new toilet from Better Bathrooms, though, you’ll probably want to find out more about how these new style toilets actually stay up and why you should think about one.
They’re easier to keep clean
Think about it, no awkward join between toilet base and floor – just a flat expanse of flooring to swish over with a mop. The toilet itself is easier to clean as well because typically it has no sharp angles or bends and no hard-to-reach areas, just a bowl. Some models have antibacterial coatings to improve hygiene.
You’ll save a lot of space
There’s no bulky cistern jutting out into the bathroom, which also saves “clearance space”, as the smaller toilet can be placed nearer to a wall, or a shower cubicle. Of course, you have to include the space used to house the hidden tank and wall-frame, but as one of the ideas of the wall-mounted toilet is to save space, you can be assured that the tanks are compact and slim, so a bit of clever planning will go a long way.
There’s also the illusion of extra space as you can see more floor under the toilet, so you feel freer and less cluttered.
There’s the visual impact
Everyone has different tastes, of course, but there is something striking about a toilet that just hangs off a wall. They’re still not quite ubiquitous, so you’re making a style statement, especially with the higher-end models.
How much to wall-mounted toilets cost?
A few years ago, they were very expensive, but then, so were most bathroom fittings. Recently, however, the prices have been coming down. You can get a decent wall-hung toilet for £120 to £150, with the wall-frame and cistern costing between £150 and £250, depending on quality and brand. So, this is a bit more expensive than your regular toilet and cistern, but if you want to save space and make an impact, it’s worth it.
There’s also the installation cost, and you shouldn’t skimp here as you want to feel secure.
How do I get into the cistern if there’s a problem?
Many people are discouraged from fitting a wall-mounted toilet because they think they’ll have to demolish the wall to fix a dodgy stopcock. This simply isn’t the case, or no-one would install or even sell them. Bathrooms have to be easy to fix and maintain, so you’ll find that your cistern is hidden behind a flush plate which is very easy to remove and replace and which gives you the same access as you’d have with a regular tank.
How much weight can it take?
This is most people’s biggest question. The toilet bowl is mounted onto a sturdy metal wall frame that in turn is fixed to the wall. A well-installed, good quality toilet of this type can support 200kg (30 stones) without any problems. Obviously, you shouldn’t jump up and down on it, whatever your weight, but there are very few problems reported, even with people of heavier build. If there are problems, this is usually down to the installation, which is why you don’t cut corners...

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