Finishes on Plumbing Fixtures

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Ellen Norton, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Ellen Norton

    Ellen Norton New Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    San Diego CA
    My contractor is encouraging us to use polished chrome finishes, feeling this holds up the best. Designers like brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze (more expensive), and so do I. However, I'd go for the polished chrome if you think it's more durable. Ellen:confused:
  2. Furd

    Furd Engineer

    Jul 3, 2007
    Retired energy systems engineer
    Wet side of Washington State
    I think the polished chrome is more durable than the more expensive finishes. It is also timeless.
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    The manufacturers seem to claim that the new designer finishes are very long lasting. The "brushed" or "satin" seem to be harder to keep clean, and seem to get a different patina with age. For anything but polished chrome, it is absolutely mandatory to confirm that the finish is "PVD". This is the process which gives the longevity, and a regular plated finish ( anything but chrome) will croak in a year.

    You will pay a premium for any finish but chrome, just like you pay a premium for any sink, tub, toilet, or refrigerator in anything but white.

    As you may have guessed, many of us are old fogies, and partial to the "regular old stuff"... but if you do your research, you will be OK.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Not that it is a lot of comfort when you have to take something apart to install the new part, but many of the better brands have a "lifetime" warranty on their finishes.
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