If you are looking to update your toilet suite, it helps to be prepared as you will be faced with several questions you’ve probably never thought before related to this important bathroom fixture. As you click over here, you will see toilet designs are not what they once were. The modern units are designed to offer you water efficiency, comfort, and style, which triggers the question of the day.
What factors should you consider when shopping for a new toilet suite?
Your bathroom’s current plumbing set is designed to work with your current toilet suite in terms of the size of space, which narrows down the list of potential replacements. But, if you would like to adapt your plumbing to a specific toilet, consult a plumber who will assess the costs and work required. On the other hand, if you building the space from scratch, you are virtually unlimited in the toilet style you can choose.
Toilet traps dictate how a toilet pipe expels waste, and the most common in Australia are S-traps, P-traps, and uni-trap. Choose a trap that matches your current plumbing setup, and here are the differences:
- S-trap has the waste pipe connected to the floor
- P-trap has the pipe connected into the wall
- Uni-trap is adjustable to suit either the S and P-traps
Toilet set-out and height
Before choosing the toilet, establish how much set-out you require, which is the distance from a wall to the S-trap’s waste outlet or floor to the P-trap’s outlet. Newer homes have the set-out at 140mm to 165mm, and if your set out is less than 100mm or more than 200mm, your choice of toilet suites is limited.
At the same time, the height of your toilet has a huge impact on the overall feel and look of your bathroom space. Also, height can make a difference in ease of use; therefore, choose 15-inch high toilets, which is a comfortable fit for most users. You can always choose shorter or taller models (click over here for available options) for people with limited mobility or tall users, respectively.
According to the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) rating introduced by the Australian government, a 4 STAR unit dispels 4.5 litres for each full flush and 3 litres for a half flush. When putting up a new home, it is recommended you install a 4 STAR rated toilet suite. For minor renovation projects or unit replacement, a 3 STAR rated unit that uses 6 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for half flush will do fine. However, you should first confirm with your local council.
Type of toilet
It’s advisable to check with a plumber on the type of toilet that is suitable for your space. The most common toilet types are:
- Back to wall
- Wall faced pan
- Wall hung pan
Get in touch with Bayside Bathroom & Kitchen Centre to discuss your project
If you would like to discuss your toilet suite options, please get in touch with the professionals. Please visit them or click over here for a virtual tour of their showroom and their choice of toilet suites. Use the contact us page for further enquiries.