If you have an older toilet, it’s time to replace the toilet seat. The newer models are not only more comfortable to use, but they also help you conserve water and energy. While there are many different kinds of seats available on the market, they all serve the same purpose: they make your toilet usable again. Here is a list of six things you should know before you buy a new toilet seat.
Check the list of items you will need
Before you buy a new toilet seat, make sure you have the following items on hand:
-A measure tape
-A hacksaw/special pliers
-New bolts of appropriate size
-A pipe wrench or adjustable wrenches
-Teflon tape (optional)
Know the materials your toilet seat is made from
There are three primary materials that toilet seats are made from: plastic, porcelain, and metal. While porcelain is the most expensive option, it also lasts the longest time and is more durable than any other material. Metal seats can be a bit noisy, but they’re usually quicker to install than porcelain. Plastic seats are the least expensive option and available in many different patterns and colors.
Measure your toilet
The first thing you need to do before you buy a toilet seat is to measure your toilet. If your toilet is 15 inches or less from the floor, then you need a seat that’s at least 15 inches in height. If your toilet is more than 15 inches from the floor, then look for a seat that’s 21-23 inches in height.
Find out how to install a new toilet seat
One of the most important factors to consider when deciding on a new toilet seat is installation. It’s important to know how much time, effort, and knowledge is required for installation before you purchase a new toilet seat. There are three types of toilet seats: traditional, hinged-adapter, and universal. The hinged-adapter is the easiest to install because it doesn’t require any tools or expertise. You just have to attach the hinged adapter onto the bolt that connects your old seat with your toilet. The universal type of seat also doesn’t need any tools or experience but it may require some patience and time due to its many pieces and parts. The traditional type of toilet seat is more difficult to install because of its shape and materials; this type usually requires a lot of time, effort, and skill in order to install properly.
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Consider style and color
In the past, toilet seats were generally white or off-white. Now, you can find seats in a variety of colors. There are seat covers to fit any style or bathroom décor in every color imaginable.
Determine whether or not you need a padded toilet seat
Padded seats are designed to provide more comfort and prevent the user from touching a cold, hard seat that can cause discomfort. However, some people claim that these seats make it difficult to clean the toilet because bacteria can hide in the crevices of the padding.
If you have an elderly person in your household, then a padded seat is a good idea. If not, then you may want to choose another type of seat.