If you’re renovating your bathroom, here are six things to take into consideration when purchasing a new toilet.
1. Rough-in measurements
Before you purchase a new toilet, you must determine how much space you have to install it. The most important measurements are the rough-in dimensions. This is the distance between the floor drain and the wall. Standard toilets have a rough-in of 12 inches. However, 10-inch and 14-inch rough-in toilets are also available.
2. Bowl height
Standard toilets are between 14 and 15 inches tall and are suitable for shorter people and young children. However, you can also purchase comfort toilets, which are 16 to 17 inches tall and are better for tall people or individuals with limited mobility.
3. Bowl shape
Elongated toilet bowls provide more sitting room and tend to be more comfortable than round bowls. However, round bowls are more affordable and are suitable for smaller bathrooms since they take up less space.
There are three basic styles of toilets: two-piece, one-piece and wall-mounted. Two-piece toilets are the most common type of toilet on the market. They’re affordable, easy to repair and are known for their durability. On the other hand, one-piece toilets are one seamless unit, making them stylish and easy to clean. However, they tend to be a bit pricey. Lastly, wall-mounted toilets are mounted directly to the wall and don’t have a foot or base. Since the tank is hidden inside the wall, these types of toilets can be expensive to install and repair.
5. Water efficiency
Standard toilets use about six litres per flush. However, if you want to save on your water bill, you may want to purchase a high-efficiency or dual-flush toilet. High-efficiency toilets use three to four litres per flush. In addition, dual-flush toilets bring the best of both worlds, as you have the option for either a full or partial flush.
6. Flush performance
Flush performance measures a toilet’s ability to clear waste in one single flush. Consequently, toilets with a higher flush rating offer better waste removal and clog resistance. You should look for toilets with a flush performance of at least 350 grams. However, toilets with a flush performance of 700 grams or higher will be more reliable.
You may also want to consider installing a bidet or splurging on features such as a soft-closing or heated toilet seat.
Plumbing Experts in Calgary
Whether you’re installing a new bathroom or want to upgrade an existing space, the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Our team provides comprehensive plumbing services, including toilet installation, maintenance and repair services for both homes and businesses in Calgary. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.