Can’t pick between wall- or floor-mounted commodes? Here are tips that will assist you to make an informed selection.
One needs to decide among a wall-mounted or floor-mounted WC at the beginning stage of bathroom remodelling or design so that the plumbing plan can be planned and created accordingly. These WCs (water closets) are made in glassy china and are prepared in a variety of designs; the fancied standard colours are usually ivory or white. Here are the pros and cons of wall-mounted and floor-mounted WCs.
If you require a high-end, modern appearance to your bathroom, go for a wall-hung WC. Its beauty lies in the floating impression built by the commode. A wall-mounted WC includes essentially four parts, namely a wall tank, a flush actuator (the device that controls flow), a toilet bowl and a seat.
Tip: The height of a wall-mounted WC can be customized as per the homeowner’s obligations. This is especially useful for people with movement issues, who medically need the WC to be at a flying level from the floor.
Pros: Takes limited space
The biggest benefit of a wall-hung WC is that it is connected to the wall, leaving the floor area clear. This makes such units becoming for compact bathrooms, as they impart an impression of spaciousness.
Pros: Sharp, sleek look
The water-outlet and flushing device is preserved within the walls. This ensures a clean, uncluttered looks and is a differentiating factor among a wall-hung and a floor-mounted WC.
Pros Tip: Any wall-hung WCs now develop with a dual-flush cistern and actuator buttons, which let the user choose how much water to use when flushing.
Pros: Easy to wash
Since the commode is raised and not reaching the floor, the bathroom floor is much easier to clean and clear.
The cost of stuff and installation of a wall-hung commode is higher correlated to the floor-mounted units.
Cons: Installation is complex
Wall-mounted WCs require deeper walls to support their tank and flushing systems. Many houses may not have thick enough walls, which then makes these challenging to install. One can build an extra wall to reach the required thickness. In this example, the wall behind commode is projected and made thick so that it can hold the covered flushing cistern.
Note: Fixing a wall-mounted WC into your bathroom cannot be a reconsideration; the model has to be purchased and the plumbing connections of the concealed flush installed and integrated with the plumbing lines before tiling. One can place this commode on any spot on a bathroom wall that has a water fount.
Cons: Inadequate access to water cistern
One of the biggest disadvantages of a wall-hung WC is that, since the flush tank is covered, it may be difficult to access for servicing.
Pro Tip: For hassle-free subsistence, it is advisable to opt for models that come with built-in entrance panels that allow the plumber to reach the WC’s elements.
Cons: Screws may get slack
A wall-hung WC may become a bit loose of its moorings, over time, due to continuous usage, as it takes support solely from the wall. So, do ensure periodical adjustments of the commode by an expert plumber.
Floor-mounted WCs are very generally used. They are two types – the one-piece commode which is produced as a single unit by fusing the flush-tank and bowl, or a two-piece commode which is made of the separate bowl and tank parts. These are installed individually and connected while installation. Floor-mounted WCs are bolted to the floor – do make sure to use a gasket or a sealer among the commode’s bolts and the floor to stop water seeping into the floor substrate.
Pros: Affordable and simple to manage
Standard floor-mounted WCs are affordable; also most of the parts of a floor-mounted WC are apparent and open, which makes the parts easy to replace or repair in case of breakage. Replacement parts are easily obtainable, too.
Cons: Demands more space
The main drawback of a floor-mounted unit is that in comparison to wall-mounted systems, it takes up more space and can make a small bathroom look even more uncomfortable.
Cons: Not easy to wash
A floor-mounted commode is not very easy to brush, as it is difficult to access floor areas throughout the base of the commode and the junction among the flushing cistern and the bowl.
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