Designing a beautiful bathroom takes a lot of time, effort and money. To make bathrooms look good for a long time, it’s imperative that you choose quality products that can stand up to the continuous exposure to steam, humidity, water and high traffic without deteriorating over time.
The shower in the bathroom is the most exposed area to these elements; it’s therefore important to choose quality products over sub-standard materials when it comes to selecting fittings for the shower.
Low-budget materials combined with poor design can lead to issues such as snapped hinge pins, mould build-up and leakages among other problems. The use of cheap hardware – or zinc instead of brass – can cause premature wear and tear and substandard performance.
As an industry leader in the design and distribution of high-quality aluminium shower screens, Danmac prioritises quality across their operations and products. Consideration for the end user is the foundation upon which Danmac has built its position as a market leader.
“I would never sell something to someone that I wouldn’t put in my own house. Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten, which is why Danmac products will look the same ten years down the track with minimal maintenance,” says Danmac’s general manager, Leigh Todd.
Danmac’s commitment to quality begins with the selection of materials used in the production of their fittings – a subtle detail that makes all the difference in the long run.
From the high quality aluminium used in the semi-frameless system and the forged brass in the clamp system to the high-quality stainless steel used in the assembly process, Danmac ensures that these premium materials create bathroom environments that can withstand the elements better than spaces created with low-cost fittings made from plastic or honeycomb brass.
“For instance, Danmac shower screens don’t have a pocket under the door,” Todd explains. “Pockets create a water catchment under the door, a breeding place for mould, and also affect the longevity and increase the maintenance required for the shower screen. Having a clean sill eliminates any extra pocket fillers reducing water and mould build-up.”
Danmac’s frameless systems are made using locally manufactured hardware, which not only help create quality bathroom spaces but also support the regional economy. For instance, the New Zealand Opus hinges utilised by Danmac are rated amongst the highest quality hardware in the world.
“They are manufactured from forged brass, with the piston, cam and springs crafted from high-end stainless steel, marine-grade finishes and high-quality glass gaskets, which other brands often swap for nylon,” Todd noted.
“Other brands go for cost over quality, so the price point is lower, but the quality, longevity and usage features are no match. Many use imported-off-the-shelf generic hardware, which doesn’t offer custom made options and high-end features.”
Danmac’s local hardware choices present another crucial consideration for glaziers: the warranty.
“Install it properly and install it once,” says Todd. Based on their previous experiences with imported off-the-shelf generic hardware hinges that often required replacements just a year or two after installation, the company now only works with New Zealand products.
“From a glazier’s perspective, they can install Danmac products and know they won’t have issues with it down the line. When you buy an off-the-shelf product, you don’t have the reassurance that it will last and be serviced if there are any problems.”
Danmac banks on their 20-plus years of manufacturing experience to demonstrate that no fittings, fixtures and furnishings are made equal – and that the difference between low and high-end products can make or break a bathroom space.
While competitors offer a standard warranty of 12 months, Danmac confidently extends to their customers, a 20-year warranty on their high-quality hinges, proving that selecting the right fittings and materials can dramatically improve both the performance and longevity of the bathroom space.