Whether one of your plumbing fixtures finally decided to bite the bust or you have decided to undergo a bathroom or kitchen remodel, you need some plumbing fixtures. With so many different fixtures available on the market, you may not have the slightest clue as to where you should begin.

Ultimately, you should begin with the material of the fixture. All plumbing fixtures are not created equally. While your best friend may prefer one material, a different material may be better suited for you and your household. Here is just a basic look at the different types of materials available. Keep reading to learn briefly about the different types of materials used to create plumbing fixtures.


This material is lightweight, durable, and resistant to corrosion. It is very common for plumbing fixtures as well as pipes. However, copper is also more on the expensive end. If your home runs on well water, you may want to opt for a different material since it doesn't tend to hold up well.

Stainless Steel

This material is visually appealing and commonly used throughout households. One of the downsides to stainless steel is its weight, which means you may need to consider how the fixture is being used before opting for this material. The great thing about this material is that it is inexpensive.


This material is not only durable and versatile, but it is reasonable in terms of pricing. Plus, due to it being so popular, chrome fixtures are easy to fine. However, all good things tend to have a downside, and with chrome, the downside is water spots. Chrome can be hard to keep clean, so if you are OCD about this, chrome may not be the material you want around the house.


This material is similar to chrome, but it is a bit darker in color. The good news is that it is easier to keep clean. However, nickel is not as common as some of the other materials mentioned here, and because of this, it may be hard to find fixtures to match it.


This material is very versatile, easy to find, and durable. However, brass can be more expensive than some of the other materials. In addition, over a period of time, brass can lose its luster. Some people may actually like this, though, so it all depends on your perception of the "worn-down" look of the brass.


This material tends to be easy to clean, relatively easy to find, and durable. Bronze has a darker hue to it, which often gives an antique appearance and feel. However, this material can cost quite a pretty penny, so if you don't have a large budget, bronze fixtures may not be something you can consider at this time.

For more information on plumbing fixtures, contact a professional.