SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – When it comes to purchasing faucets and other plumbing fixtures, rather than going to a home supply store, a better choice is to buy them directly through your plumber. The box may look the same, but the product you get is much different.
Rather than purchasing from a “big box” store, a professional plumber gets fixtures from a plumbing distributor. Few consumers realize that the quality of these fixtures is higher than those found at home supply stores. This is because big box stores often have fixtures’ heavy duty brass inner parts changed out for plastic parts, which allows the stores to sell them for a lower price. In contrast, a plumbing distributor’s products come as they were designed, fitted with high-quality materials both inside and out. If you were to compare two of the same product, one from each source, you’d immediately notice that the one from the plumbing distributor was heavier than the one from the big box store.
Because of their superior quality, it’s common for fixtures bought from a plumbing distributor to have double the lifespan as those purchased at a home supply store. So, to avoid frequently replacing your fixtures, ask your plumber to provide you with a product that will go the distance and give you more value for your dollar.