But not all products are well-suited for internet shopping. Here’s why it’s a good idea to visit a plumbing supply showroom before your bathroom or kitchen remodel.
While the overall aesthetic of a faucet, showerhead, sink or tub may be easy to gauge on your computer screen, there’s more to plumbing supplies than looks alone.
Quality matters, and sometimes the only way to know for sure that a fixture is built to last is to pick it up and feel its bulk. Durable fixtures weigh significantly more than low-quality brands, and the specs listed online aren’t always reliable.
How a product feels can be just as important as how it looks. From the texture of a countertop to the ergonomic design of a kitchen faucet, it’s important to take a hands-on approach when selecting plumbing supplies.
The kitchen and bath are perhaps the most sensory rooms in the house. How can you know for sure that you like the feel of a fixture, sink or material without running your fingertips across the surface?
Returns and customer service
Imagine the headache of trying to return a large farmhouse sink if it arrives and doesn’t match your expectations, or it’s scratched, cracked or damaged. Even when vendors offer to pony up for the cost of shipping, boxing up heavy building materials and waiting in line at UPS is probably not how you’d like to spend your Saturday.
Buying direct from a showroom gives you the opportunity to inspect your products directly at the point of purchase and ensures that they’re delivered undamaged.