Buying and Installing Kitchen Taps for Solid Wood Worktops: A Nutshell Guide
Having chosen the right worktops to suit your new kitchen, deciding upon which kitchen taps might best suit your requirements will demand some careful consideration – there are a vast array of types on the market, and our collection includes some of the most popular styles.
In this guide, we will go over the most common taps found in kitchens; we’ll give insight into some of the terminology; and we’ll also give tips on how to install taps easily next to your sink on a wooden worktop.
Types of taps
Before you install your new kitchen tap, don’t forget to turn any isolation valves, and / or the main water valve. If you don’t already have isolation valves fitted it may be a good idea to install them at the same time to carry out future maintenance.
After drilling, almost all taps will attach by simply pushing their base into the hole and screwing a washer onto the underside. Some taps are provided with rubber washers or spacers to ensure a tight fit on the worktop.
Once the tap has been firmly affixed to the worktop, the hot and cold water feeds can be screwed into the base of the tap. If you haven’t already got them in place, it’s recommended to use flexible ‘easy fit’ hoses rather than having fixed copper piping.
Remember to use PTFE or Teflon tape between any threaded connector joins to ensure a good, water-tight seal.
For more detailed installation instructions, check the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the tap.
Our fabrication services
If you are buying your wooden worktops from Worktop Express®, we can pre-drill your worktops with holes of just the right size to suit whichever tap(s) you may have chosen. Prices start at just £7.50 per hole, and can be positioned as required to match your sink. For further details, visit our bespoke cutting service page.
Looking for further inspiration? Visit one of our kitchen showrooms today, all of which exhibit many of the taps and sinks in our collection. One of our showroom managers can happily talk you through the range, as well as other taps available from us.