Brass plumbing fixtures are a traditional choice in plumbing supply. Brass is used in all kinds of plumbing works from the pipes that feed water into your home or business, to bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
The traditional look of brass fixtures is less popular than it was, but fixture design hasn’t stood still and now brass comes in a number of contemporary finishes to appeal to a broader market.
What is Brass?
Brass is a metal alloy made from copper and zinc. It has been a mainstay of plumbing works for decades and has been very popular for decorative fixtures too. Its popularity is largely due to its properties as a metal: it’s highly conducible and so is great for dispensing hot water, and it’s doesn’t corrode easily.
Why should I Install Brass Plumbing Fixtures?
It’s all a question of taste of course, and it’s personal preference whether you like the look of brass fixtures. But for those who like traditional design, brass is often a natural choice.
Manufacturers of fixtures have sought to broaden its appeal by applying a number of different finishes to the base metal. It’s now possible to have a chrome, bronze, polished brass or nickel finish on brass fixtures.
Choosing Brass Fixtures
When considering buying brass fixtures, like all things, you get what you pay for. Solid brass is more expensive (and much heavier) than fixtures which are brass plated.
Brass finishes can make a huge difference to the colour and look of your fixtures, and many finishes are now widely available:
- Chrome finish offers a contemporary silver look
- Brass is often available rubbed with bronze and oil to darken the colour
- Polished brass gives a more modern feel to the traditional material
- Nickel plating can give brass a warmer tone
- Satin brass has a matte finish for a more contemporary look
Whatever your choice of finish, brass remains a popular choice for plumbing supply, and will last decades if good quality fixtures are installed in your home.