The arrangement of bathrooms and shower does not end in the installation of tiles and installation of plumbing. As a rule, a number of small nuances remains, which cannot be discharged. First of all it concerns the slots between the wall and the mixer. Such disadvantages of the interior are difficult not to notice, but they are quite simple to fix – it is enough to close the connection places with special devices – reflectors.
At first glance, no difficulty buying data devices should not be called. However, do not everyone know how to choose a reflector for the mixer, their huge range can catch surprise.
The reflector for the mixer is a decorative ring, which hides the space between the wall and the output of the water pipe. In addition to the decorative function, this adaptation performs a protective role, because by the sealing of the seams, it is reduced to “no” the likelihood of fungus, which often occurs when the premises. Flanges also prevent dust and dirt penetration.
In addition to sanitary premises, bowls can be found in the kitchen. In this place they look especially beautiful and set to a greater degree for decoration.
Usually reflectors put on the tap of the pipe before installing the mixer. But in production there are different models of decorative flanges, which can be installed at any stages of installation of sanitary systems.
Assortment of reflectors for mixers is quite large. To date, there are two main product groups of products. The first is represented by conventional reflectors, the second -.
Conventional nozzles are installed before mounting the mixer, they do not have any slots, resemble a solid ring. Visually look more aesthetically, but it is quite difficult to fix them – they interfere with the subsequent installation of the plumbing system. There are different forms (square, rectangular), as well as various depths (flat and deep), differ and width.
If the mixer with such a device is inconvenient, then the second type of reflectors is used – detachable.
They also constitute decorative rings, but their main difference is the presence of slots, with the help of which the flange can open into two or more. Such a reflector is also called telescopic. It is convenient to work with him because you can wear after installing the mixer. From the disadvantages it should be noted that after installation, the breaks can be visually visual. However, this may happen only when the reflector look too closely.
In the manufacture of reflectors for the mixer, the modern industry has surpassed all expectations of buyers. The abundance of materials for production can not not surprise. Each of them has advantages and disadvantages, so before buying goods it is necessary to find out all possible nuances.
Decorative bowls can be made of:
- nickel-plated steel;
- of stainless steel;
- non-ferrous metals.
Plastic models are considered the cheapest, but meanwhile and unreliable. Most often in production using polyvinyl chloride, which is additionally applied with a metal coating.
The main advantages of the material – a low price and an attractive appearance.
Disadvantages are also presented:
- The fragility of plastic – it can be easily damaged, without having special physical efforts;
- Fast erasability of the upper layer of the product, as a result, deterioration of aesthetic indicators.
It should also be noted that under the action of hot water plastic can decompose, highlighting harmful substances into the surrounding space. Their effects can be manifested in the form of allergic reactions in a person, with constant penetration of health problems may be aggravated.
Nickel plated steel stands for more reliable material. It is not toxic, but is amenable to corrosion processes. Rust decorative bowls, as a rule, are covered, because manufacturers are quite common in order to save money apply poor-quality coverage. As a result, the service life of the reflector is significantly reduced.
The most reliable and durable – stainless steel. With proper care, the product from this material will last for more than ten years, and it will be replaced only in connection with the repair of the room. Stainless steel is very resistant to oxidizers, its name already suggests that the decorative bowl will not suffer from corrosion. However, there is a similar material and disadvantage, it is expressed in the high cost of goods. Also, the minuses include a considerable number of fakes. To distinguish the original from the product, such that is not possible by weight (the fakes is much easier) will also help the knowledge that the stainless steel should not stick to the magnet.
The only advantage of flanges from nickel-plated steel can be called their high decorative indicators. Disadvantages more. The first minus is the high cost. The second – a short service life due to the appearance of a blue plaque, the third – the addictiveness to detergents.
Reflectors made of non-ferrous metals (aluminum, copper, bronze) are rarely used. As a rule, they are ordered, or they are sold complete with a mixer.
Dimensions and forms
Reflector for the mixer can be bought at any Salon-Store Plumbing Products. But before buying it is worth understanding which dimensions and forms of these devices exist.
The form of decorative flanges are divided into: round, rectangular and square. In the bathroom, more often install wide bowls of 5 cm in width and height. There are 3 cm and 4 cm.
The universal is called a reflector under the monorograph of the crane d = 35 (it is round and deep – 15 mm), there are also flanges under handle 40 and even 80 mm. This is a rather large reflector, which is impossible not to notice, so it is better not to save on such a product, and buy more expensive devices, which will serve longer due to the quality of the performance material, and will be more attractive, rather than cheap options.
Tips for choosing
When buying a decorative flange, however, as in all cases of acquiring plumbing, you must pay attention to certain moments. May show strange, but first of all you need to hold the reflector in your hands and understand its weight. The decorative stainless steel cup will be weighty, much harder than the plastic and chromium analogues, which means it will be able to withstand any loads and serve longer.
External inspection is also very important. There should be no chipping on the surface of the product, any visible damage and irregularities.
The diameters of the reflector (its wide and narrow part) also need to measure well. This is done in order for all the gaps and cracks to be completely closed. Large diameter should be taken with a reserve, because the reflector can shift a little to the side.
Do not chase for cheap. There is a high probability that low-cost products are made of poor-quality material, or for an attractive price, unscrupulous manufacturers are trying to hide production marriage. It is better to choose more expensive options for well-known manufacturers, guaranteeing quality and long service life.
If financial capabilities do not allow regularly engaged in replacing the reflector, it is better to abandon decorative bowls made of non-ferrous alloys. They often “corrosive” corrosion, which can be determined by a blue-colored flask appeared on the surface.
On how to install the display and mixer, see the following video.