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Baths buying guide

One of the largest and most desirable items for the bathroom is a gorgeous big bath, but if you want one of these consider the space you have and which one of our wide range will work best for you. Once you know how much space you can devote to your stylish new tub, you can choose from the following bath types:  

- Cast iron
- Freestanding acrylic
- Metallic effect acrylic
- Fitted acrylic

Cast Iron Baths
Heritage is the UK’s market leader for cast iron baths. Cast iron baths are made a traditional way which includes a degree of surface ripple, dimples and miniscule black spots in the interior. This is all part of the character of a cast iron bath. They also feature our Lifetime Guarantee for your complete peace of mind.  

Feet Options

Heritage roll top and slipper cast iron baths are available with a choice of cast iron or chrome feet which are included in the price.  Cast iron feet can be painted whatever colour you like, making them a great way of adding your personality to your bathroom (we like to paint ours bright pink).  Certain baths can only be matched with particular feet from the range, so please make sure you check before placing an order.

How to Paint a Cast Iron Bath
Our cast iron baths are hand finished and primed so you can paint your bath whatever shade you like as soon as it arrives. It also means you can update the colour or design on your bath whenever you like. We strongly advise using an acrylic, polyurethane or epoxy-based paint for longevity, but any kind of paint can be used.  There are some great paints and amazing colours out there; try creating a mood board from interiors mags and visit your local paint shop for inspiration.

Freestanding Acrylic Baths
Our freestanding acrylic baths feature glass reinforced plastic. The acrylic material is polished. This makes our baths exceptionally rigid and also superbly stain and scuff resistant to give you a long-lasting, beautiful bath you can enjoy for years to come. And, like our cast iron baths, all of our freestanding acrylic baths feature our Lifetime Guarantee.

For a real style statement why not brighten up your bathroom with a metallic effect acrylic bath? These incredibly popular baths are available in three stunning styles – Hylton, Holywell and Lyddington - and three lustrous finishes on the exterior, including glowing copper, shimmering steel or glamorous gold.  Again, featuring a Lifetime Guarantee.

Fitted Acrylic Baths

For many people a fitted bath, also made from high quality acrylic with our special Solid Skin coating, is the ideal option. And don’t forget if you want to save even more space you can easily install a shower over a fitted bath, just make sure you buy a bath screen like Sherborne.

Fitted baths come with adjustable feet and will need to be purchased with a bath panel to create a neat finish.

Solid Skin Technology

Every Heritage fitted bath comes with Solid Skin technology as standard.  This not only provides added rigidity and strength, the additional three layers of acrylic also provide extra insulation for superior heat retention.

Fitted Cast Iron Baths
Heritage offers two designs of fitted cast iron baths; the Sutherland and the Grampian.  These are extremely hardwearing baths and are ideal for hotels, B&Bs. Etc.  All fitted cast iron baths comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Choosing Taps to Match Your Bath
Freestanding Baths
Our freestanding baths are available with either 2 tap holes pre-drilled, or no tap holes.  See the individual products for details.  For ones that have already been pre-drilled, you can choose from Bath Pillar Taps, a Bath Filler or a Bath Shower Mixer.  Your plumber will need to ensure that the water pipes are fed into the taps from the floor, and you might want to hide these with a Shroud, available in either a chrome or vintage gold finish.

For baths with no tap holes, you could still use Bath Pillar Taps, a Bath Filler, or a Bath Shower Mixer, teamed with Standpipes.  Alternatively, you could choose a freestanding tap or mixer.  See our Hemsby and Somersby ranges.

Fitted Baths
Heritage fitted baths are available in a variety of styles and sizes.  Some have tap holes pre-drilled, while others need to be drilled once installed.  

Wastes (plugs)
Wastes will need to be purchased separately for all baths. Some Freestanding Acrylic Baths come prefitted with wastes and overflows. Most of our taps come with a waste, but it’s worth checking when you buy to ensure you have the right waste for your bath.  If you are buying a cast iron bath, then you’ll need to purchase an exposed waste.

 

Basins Buying Guide

Basins come in all shapes and sizes.  Within the Heritage range, we not only offer a choice of styles, we also provide you with different size and tap hole options.  

Types of basins include:
Console – these basins offer a boutique feel and need to be paired with specially designed legs to support them.  Our Victoria basins can all be matched with console legs.
Standard – these basins are great for larger bathrooms and can be teamed with pedestals or an elegant vanity unit
Medium – these basins are larger than cloakrooms but smaller than standard ones, normally around 500cm wide they’re suitable for most spaces. Semi-recessed – these basins are for use with furniture and sit on a furniture piece making it a perfect way to incorporate more storage
Corner – these basins set in a are ideal for very small cloakrooms and can be supported by our ornate brackets for added style.
Cloakroom – these basins are smaller than standard or medium basins to help with smaller space and can be supported by a pedestal for a traditional look 
Baby – these are ideal for very small cloakrooms, providing a compact but still stylish option

Once you have chosen a basin, you will need to decide on what it will sit on.  Often your choice of basin will affect your choice of support.

Pedestals – these are probably the most popular choice for basins.  A pedestal looks a bit like a column or a pillar.  It is made from the same material as your basin and will hide any pipework from taps and wastes.  Within the Heritage range, you’ll find Standard and Tall options.
Vanity units – these stylish pieces of furniture will hide pipework but also provide useful storage space for any bathroom essentials.  Heritage offers a range of Vanity Units in both our Caversham and Hidcote ranges, from freestanding versions – which work with Dorchester Square and Blenheim Basins – to fitted options which house our Medium Recessed basins from our Dorchester, Belmonte and Rhyland suites.
Console legs – Decorative legs that support the basin and add a boutique feel to the bathroom.  Heritage Victoria basins are all available with console legs.  
Washstand – these are a classic, elegant option which help open up a room to create a sense of greater space
Ornate brackets – for small or corner basins you may be able to choose ornate brackets to provide a little extra style and support.

Why buy Heritage?
Our 30 years of experience have allowed us to create the perfect blend of ball clay, china clay, silica sand and feldspar to ensure our suites are smooth and durable. This superb quality is one of the reasons our basins feature a Lifetime Guarantee.

Hints and Tips

Taps
Don’t forget, you’ll need to order some taps to match your basin.  Heritage basins are available with a choice of tap holes (ranging from 1 to 3) which means you can match them with either basin mixers or pillar taps.

Wastes (plugs)
Most of our taps include a waste but if not we do sell them separately.  It’s also important to check if you need a bottle trap, a stylish way of connecting the waste to the wall if the area below your basin is uncovered, for example if you’ve chosen a console basin or a basin with a washstand. 

WC's Buying Guide

A WC has two parts; the cistern is the top part that contains the water for flushing and is secured to the wall.  The lower part that sits on the floor is called the pan.

You’ll need both a cistern and a pan to create a complete WC set.  

Cistern options include:

Close Coupled – this is the one you will be most familiar with; where the cistern sits directly on the back of a pan.  Available in Landscape, Portrait and Corner versions.  You can also choose Standard or Comfort height.  Comfort pans are a little higher than average (great for stiff knees)

Low level – these cisterns sit apart from and above the pan, adding height but still making use of a cistern lever to operate the flush.  You’ll need to purchase a flush pack (which includes the connecting pipes) with this cistern to complete your WC

High level – As the name suggest, these cisterns sit quite high up on your wall. They offer a traditional look, with a long chain pull rather than a cistern lever.  You’ll need to purchase a flush pack (which includes the connecting pipes) with this cistern to complete your WC

Back to wall – This option enables you to conceal the cistern behind either a stud wall or within furniture and you operate the flush either by a button on the wall or within the furniture unit.  If you are considering a Back to Wall pan, then you will need to purchase it with a concealed cistern

Wall hung – a great solution for small spaces as they sit off the floor, leading the eye upwards.  They are also great for cleaning underneath.  Wall Hung Pans will need to be purchased with a wall hung frame and concealed cistern.  

Pan options include:
Standard height – these are pans made to a standard UK height of around 380 - 410mm depending on the suite
Comfort height – these are pans that are a little taller, around 450 - 470mm, for added comfort depending on the suite
Back to wall – This option enables you to conceal the cistern behind either a stud wall or within furniture and you operate the flush either by a button on the wall or within the furniture unit.  If you are considering a Back to Wall pan, then you will need to purchase it with a concealed cistern
Wall hung – a great solution for small spaces as they sit off the floor, leading the eye upwards.  They are also great for cleaning underneath.  Wall Hung Pans will need to be purchased with a wall hung frame and concealed cistern.  

Heritage offers a range of options for you to choose from to create a WC that suits your space and your plumbing requirements.  If you are unsure of what you need, then contact our technical team for advice.  

Why buy Heritage?
Our years of experience with the wonderful natural material of clay has allowed us to create a superior mix to provide you with a beautiful finish and consistent European White colour across all the elements of your new suite.  All of our cisterns and pans come with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Hints and Tips
Complete your WC with a cistern lever from our selection and a WC seat which are available in a choice of colours with gold or chrome hinges, and in either Standard or Soft Close.

FURNITURE Buying Guide

Furniture is becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms; whether it’s to make the most of a small space or add much needed storage to larger rooms. The main options for furniture in the bathroom are fitted or freestanding. 

Fitted
Fitted furniture is fitted against the wall in a larger run – a bit like what you might find in a kitchen.  

Fitted furniture is a great way to maximise space in your bathroom and within the Heritage range you can choose from a selection of wall cabinets (with or without mirrors), base units and drawer units. WCs can also be incorporated into the run by combining a fitted WC Unit and a Back to Wall pan from one of our suites.  Fitted Vanity Units also allow you to install a recessed basin from one of our ranges.  You can find some examples of our fitted furniture here

Once you have decided on which items you want to make up your fitted run, you then have a choice of coloured finishes, plus worktops and handles to make it distinctively yours. If the end of your furniture run finishes with an exposed edge (as opposed to fitted neatly into an alcove where it’s flush into a wall), you might also want to add in a Gable End.  This is a decorative panel which fits on the end of your base unit or wall cabinet to provide a sleek and neat finish.
If you would like some help on choosing the right furniture combination for your bathroom, then either speak to one of our stockists or give our technical team a call.    

Freestanding
Freestanding furniture is independent so can be used as a single unit on its own, for example a tall boy, or with a basin from one of our suites, such as a vanity unit.

Fitted bath panels
Heritage bath panels are available in the same shades as our Caversham and Hidcote furniture enabling you to create a coordinated look in the bathroom.  Alternatively, you can choose an acrylic version.

WC Seats
Heritage offers a wide range of WC seats.  Choose to coordinate with your Caversham and Hidcote furniture with a matching shade, or opt for black for a modern monochrome finish.  Standard and Soft Close seats are available with either chrome or gold hinges. 

Why buy Heritage?

Our furniture ranges consist of high quality durable pieces, sourced from sustainably managed forests and are available in range of stylish shades. Our finishes are also available on bath panels, plinths and WC seats to ensure you have everything you need to finish your bathroom perfectly. And we offer a range of worktops and handle options so you can personalise your look.

Did you know?
The doors and hinges on our fitted furniture can be fitted left or right-handed giving you a little more flexibility in your design, especially in small or awkward spaces.

Hints and Tips
Measuring Up
Make sure you measure your bathroom carefully so you know exactly how much room you have. Also consider how doors will open on your furniture to be sure it will fit easily in the space you have allocated for it.

Worktops
Heritage worktops are available in a choice of lengths with either straight or curved edges.  Make sure you are confident of the size you need before ordering and before you cut into the worktop to fit.


SHOWERS Buying Guide

Showers look simple, but there is actually quite a lot to think about when purchasing one.  Our buying guide attempts to make it easier for you when selecting a new shower for your bathroom.

Exposed or Concealed?
Our shower controls fall into two types, exposed and concealed. 

Exposed showers sit on top of your wall or tiling, making them quicker and easier to install and easier to access if maintenance is required.  

Concealed valves sit within the wall with only the control and a concealing plate showing. This option looks incredibly stylish and also saves space in smaller bathrooms.  Heritage concealed valves are designed to fit into the smallest wall cavities, requiring only 35mm depth.  It’s still worth checking with your plumber before you purchase one though to ensure that it will be suitable for your wall.

Single or Dual Control?
A single control shower will operate the flow and the temperature from one dial or lever.  A dual control shower will have separate controls for each.

Fixed Head, Handset or Both?

A fixed shower head is secured into place – either on the wall or on the ceiling, or through a rigid riser/fixed kit (a pipe which leads from the shower valve/control into a fixed head to deliver the water).  

A shower handset will come on a rail and is usually adjustable to your height.  The water is fed from the shower valve (control) through a hose and into the shower handset, giving you much more control over the direction of your water.  We call this combination of a handset and a rail, a Shower Kit.

Most showers will only enable you to feed one outlet, which means that you will need to choose whether you prefer a fixed head or a handset.  However, Heritage also enable you to feed the water through to a second outlet which means that you can choose both a Fixed Head and a Handset and alternate the flow of water to either one while in the shower.  

Why buy Heritage?
Our shower controls are stylish, rigorously tested and come with a five year guarantee. We have also worked hard to ensure that our showers match our tap ranges so that you can coordinate both the style and the colour; either glistening chrome or vintage gold.

Heritage showers are designed specifically for the UK and so can operate effectively even at low pressure, making them suitable for all water systems.

Safety First

All of our showers are thermostatic and are set at 42 – 53 degrees to give you the perfect showering temperature. Our thermostatic technology also ensures your shower can maintain a safe showering temperature, even in the event of the cold water supply failure.

Hints and Tips
Check your Hot Water System
Some showers can only be used with certain hot water systems.  Have a chat with your plumber for advice before you purchase a shower to ensure it is suitable for your home.  

Size Matters – Shower Heads

You might believe that purchasing a larger shower head will increase the amount of water you get through your shower.  The truth is that it’s all dependent on your water pressure.  If you have low water pressure, then you’ll be disappointed in how much comes through your showerhead.  It’s worth checking with your plumber to see what will suit your home the best.  

Water Efficiency
We all have a responsibility to save water and to help people understand more about how much water they are using, we have joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association’s Water Label Scheme.  To check how much water our showers use, just click on a product and select Water Label.  If you see a high flow rate with a red background the shower uses more water but provides a drenching experience.  If you see a low flow rate with a green background, the shower has been optimised for water efficiency.  You can reduce water usage on most showers by installing a flow limiter.  Speak to your plumber to find out more.

Good to Know

Heritage showers have been designed to coordinate with Heritage tap ranges, enabling you to create a seamless look across your bathroom.  


TAPS Buying Guide

Taps are often the last thing you think of when planning a new bathroom, but they can make a real difference to the overall look.

Taps come in all shapes and sizes.  At Heritage, we have seven stylish ranges to choose from, all designed in the UK to coordinate beautifully with our suites.

Heritage taps are available for both basins and baths – and we also have some options for bidets too.  Pillar Taps – which feed the hot and cold water through separate taps - are a popular choice for both baths and basins, although we are seeing a growing popularity for mixer taps which blend hot and cold water together before delivering it through one spout.

Bath Shower Mixers also provide a flexible option for the bath and are available deck mounted (fitted onto the bath itself) or freestanding.

For a more contemporary look, you could also choose to install a Wall Mounted Basin or Bath Mixer.  These are suitable for where there are no tap holes installed (like on a counter top basin). 

Hints and Tips

Tap Holes
The number of tap holes on your basin or bath will determine what type of taps you need, for example if you have chosen a basin with two tap holes then you can choose from any of our two hole basin taps.

Freestanding Baths

Our freestanding baths are available with either 2 tap holes pre-drilled, or no tap holes.  For ones that have already been pre-drilled, you can choose from Bath Pillar Taps, a Bath Filler or a Bath Shower Mixer.  Your plumber will need to ensure that the water pipes are fed into the taps from the floor, and you might want to hide these with a Shroud, available in either a chrome or vintage gold finish.

For baths with no tap holes, you could still use Bath Pillar Taps, a Bath Filler, or a Bath Shower Mixer, teamed with Standpipes.  Alternatively, you could choose a freestanding tap or mixer.  See our Hemsby and Somersby ranges.

Why buy Heritage?
Our taps are made from high quality brass, with stylish and unique designs. Our taps also feature a five year guarantee for added reassurance.

Good to Know

Designed in the UK, for the UK
Our beautiful taps are designed specifically for the UK and so can operate effectively even at low pressure, making them suitable for all water systems.

Coordinated Taps and Showers
Heritage taps have been designed to coordinate with Heritage shower ranges, enabling you to create a seamless look across your bathroom.