As mentioned, there are different types of taps with the main ones being:

  • Pillar tap: it’s ideal for both basins and baths. It characterized by a cross head and lever handle. The cool thing with this tap is that it’s very easy to install. It’s also inexpensive.
  • Mixer tap: it has two handles on either side of a single spout. It mixes both hot and cold water in the body of the tap thus controlling the water flow and temperature. While these taps are very elegant, they tend to require high pressure; therefore, you need to install a pump that will increase the pressure.
  • Mono tap: it’s usually controlled by a single lever and it tends to mix hot and cold water through a single spout. If you go for these units, you need note that for them to work effectively they need equal pressure in your hot and cold water supplies. If you have unequal water pressure you should go for a dual flow mono mixer.

This is the metal that is used in finishing the taps. Antique taps have different finish with the main ones being:

  • Brass: a unit with this finish tends to have a warm, inviting look that gives your sink a great look. The best style to go with is the Victorian-style.
  • Shiny chrome: it creates a gleaming look. Although, it’s good to look at, you need a lot of effort to keep it pristine. You should avoid installing units with this finish in a bathroom that is often used by children. This is because the tap will have an ugly look within a very short time.
  • Matte and satin finishes: the finish gives your home a fresh, sleek look. The cool thing with it is that it’s easy to clean.

Since it’s rare to find antique taps, you should expect them to cost more. For example, you should expect to pay up $200 for a tap. For the units to retain their elegant look for a long time you need to clean them regularly.

When cleaning them you should use a soft cloth, warm water, and gentle cleaning product. As rule of thumb you should avoid abrasive compounds, creams, cloths and pads as they can easily scratch and damage the surface of your taps.