Buying a toilet may seem like a simple purchase, but with hundreds of models to choose from and your specific preferences to keep in mind, it’s a project that demands careful consideration. Use these four tips for selecting the perfect toilet replacement.
Know Your Measurements
The first step is to learn the rough-in size. To find out what yours is, measure the distance between the wall and the center of the bolts holding the toilet to the floor. The standard rough-in is 12 inches, but 10-inch and 14-inch rough-ins are possible in older homes.
Consider Toilet Bowl Styles
Round and elongated shapes are your two main options. Elongated bowls are generally considered more comfortable, but they take up more room and are usually more expensive. If you opt for an elongated bowl, make sure you have enough space.
Along with different shapes, bowls have different heights. A normal height is 14 to 15 inches not including the seat. Taller bowls measuring 16 to 19 inches from the floor are more accessible for the disabled or elderly.
Choose the Best Toilet Seat
A seat is usually not included when you buy a toilet. When choosing the right style, first think about the shape of the toilet. A round toilet requires a round seat and an elongated toilet needs an elongated seat.
Then think about the toilet’s color and the style of your bathroom. A matching finish is the most common choice, but you can also choose wood, plastic or even cushioned vinyl for added comfort. Slow-close toilet seats are another option to avoid noisy slamming.
Make Efficiency a Top Priority
Before 1994, toilets used 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) or more. Then, in an effort to conserve natural resources, a law passed requiring all new toilets to use no more than 1.6 gpf. Unfortunately, the first low-flow toilets were prone to clogging and other problems, a stigma that they’re still trying to overcome more than 20 years later. Today’s low flow toilets are much more dependable thanks to the standard gravity-flush systems most are equipped with today.
In addition, some toilets also offer dual flush technology, an option for using 1.6 gpf for solid waste and only 1.1 gpf for liquid waste. High-efficiency toilets use 1.28 gpf or less.
For more toilet-replacement tips, please contact Day & Knight Plumbing & Heating today.