What is a Plumbing Trim Kit?
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Many homeowners assume that they’re stuck choosing standard cabinet-based vanities to keep the plumbing hidden under the sink. This leads some people that would otherwise love to have floating or console vanities to avoid them. A plumbing trim kit is a simple solution to this dilemma. It’s designed to give homeowners a chance to install any exposed plumbing they like without dealing with any unattractive PVC materials. Discover why every bathroom needs at least one plumbing trim kit and maybe more.
Plumbing Trim Kits for Certain Sinks
A plumbing trim kit is generally designed to cover the exposed pipes underneath an open vanity or sink design. Console sinks, wall-mounted sinks and other freestanding structures all leave the drain and supply lines underneath exposed for everyone to see. Each plumbing trim kit will include drain pipes, flanges and the flex lines needed to complete the underside of the vanity. The big difference between the parts in the kit and basic pipes is the finish. These kit pieces are all coated with a finish to match the faucets and other fixtures, while basic plumbing is done with PVC and metal parts that don’t even match each other. Using a plumbing trim kit that fits the copper or PVC pipes is the only way to get a professional-looking installation under a console or floating sink.
Toilet Plumbing Trim Kits
Aside from P-traps and supply lines finished to match, other trim kits are available for finishing out the bathroom. Toilet plumbing trim kits are also useful for giving the bathroom a more polished and refined look. As with the trim kits designed for sinks, these sets include finished hardware to replace generic stop valves and supply lines for toilets. Most bathrooms call for installing these plumbing parts where they’re quite visible next to or behind the toilet. Installing a toilet plumbing trim kit that matches the finish of any other exposed plumbing and fixture ties the whole room together.
Shower and Bath Trim Kits
Finally, shower and bath trim kits are also available to complete the matching finishes in a bathroom. These kits include all of the cover plates, escutcheons and taps required to complete a shower or tub installation once the valves are in place. These fixtures also need to match, or at least complement, the finishes on the faucets and exposed plumbing. Buying all three of these types of bathroom trim kits together is the best way to ensure a perfect match.