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Outdoor Tapware - What to Look for & What to Avoid

July 21, 2022

Outdoor Tapware - What to Look for & What to Avoid

Are you creating an outdoor oasis and on the hunt for outdoor tapware? We get that it can be hard to know what to look for and where to look for it. This blog will give you some fresh ideas and hints on what to look for when purchasing outdoor tapware, as well as what you should avoid purchasing.

Why do you need to purchase tapware that is warranted for outdoor use?

The most important thing when purchasing outdoor tapware is to ensure that it is warranted for outdoor use. If you were to use ordinary tapware in an outdoor setting it will not be designed to withstand the harsh outdoor environment. Overtime the tapware will begin to corrode and the finish will no longer be appealing to the eye. The other obvious reason is that if anything does go wrong with the product, there will be no warranty to cover the cost of replacement parts or labour.

What kind of tapware is warranted for outdoor use?

Normally, all tapware that is made from 316 marine grade stainless steel is warranted for outdoor use. There are also some brands that make outdoor tapware ranges from brass/copper materials with special finishes that can handle outdoor weather, but if you aren't sure we always recommend checking with your supplier before purchasing.

What to avoid when purchasing outdoor tapware?

We recommend avoiding tapware that is made from 304 grade stainless steel as this is the industry standard and is only intended for indoor use, therefore it will not be durable enough when installed outside. 304 grade stainless steel is susceptible to deterioration, especially in coastal settings which the majority of New Zealand is made up of. If you are purchasing tapware that is made from stainless steel then just make sure it is 316 grade stainless steel, which posses higher levels of molybdenum that enhance its resistance to corrosion - perfect for the great outdoors.

You also want to avoid tapware that is made from brass, unless it specifically states that it is warranted for outdoor use. Most finishes applied on brass tapware are not suitable for the outdoor environments and the exposure of the sun combined with the harsh rain water will cause the finish to deteriorate, with the exception of some living finishes. 

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