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Washroom product finishes play an essential role not only in enhancing the aesthetics of the washroom but also in ensuring durability over time. With various types of finishes available in the market, each with its unique qualities and associated costs, the budget consideration becomes crucial.

Dolphin Solutions offers a variety of special finishes and coatings for our washroom products including PVD, Ceramic coating, PPC, mirror polish and satin stainless steel, and we often get asked by our clients about the difference in the cost of washroom product finishes.

In this blog, we will explore the different types of finishes available for washroom products, the factors that impact the cost, the cost of washroom product finishes in the Dolphin range, and provide alternative budget-friendly finishes for those on a tight budget.

Whether you are a developer, an architect, or a contractor, this blog will provide you with valuable insights into selecting the right finish for your budget.

What are the different types of finishes available for washroom products?

Gold Physical Vapour Deposition or PVD specialty finishes on these touch free tap and soap dispenser

Physical Vapour Deposition

PVD coated washroom products such as commercial taps and soap dispensers are increasingly popular due to their durable finish, particularly in commercial settings. This sustainable and long-lasting metallic finish is favoured by Architects and Designers for its elegance. Despite its thin-film coating, PVD is remarkably resilient against harsh chemicals.

Black Ceramic coating finish on commercial washroom products

Ceramic Coating

Designers are embracing Ceramic coating as their preferred finish due to its exceptional quality, performance, and versatility in application. This innovative material composition provides superior protection against scuffs and scratches, resulting in minimal maintenance for a flawless appearance.

Considered one of the most long lasting specialty finishes available, Ceramic coating is hydrophobic, which means it repels liquid elements and does not absorb water.

Teal RAL color Polyester Powder Coat special finish on washroom products

Polyester Powder Coat

For those seeking a special finish to enhance the appearance and protection of their taps and other washroom accessories, a powder coated finish is an excellent choice.

The application of powdered resin particles acts as a protective metal laminate, guarding against water saturation and discolouration. In addition to adding strength to the washroom fitting, there are added benefits of PPC, including spectacular colour and pattern options.

Powder coating is a versatile, timeless, durable, and attractive finish that provides a popular and affordable scratch resistant washroom solution which maintains its appearance over time.

Why does the cost of PVD, PPC, and Ceramic finishes differ?

The cost of washroom product finishes can vary based on the materials used, labour required, quality and durability, and market demand, among other factors.

1. Materials

Each finish requires different materials, and the cost of these materials can vary. Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) finish, for example, is a type of coating that involves depositing compound materials from solid material onto a surface. Ceramic coating materials are in a liquid form and Powder Coating (PPC) materials come in a powder form.

2. Labour and application process

The labour needed for each finish varies. For example, PVD finishes require technical skills and precision, which may take longer to prepare and apply, while Ceramic finishes need less preparation time than both PVD and PPC.

PVD finished washroom products, including a large combination unit

3. Washroom product surface area

The size and shape of the appliance can also affect the cost of washroom product finishes. A large, intricate product may require more time and effort to apply the finish, which can increase the cost.

4. Quality and Durability

Each finish is intentionally created with high quality and longevity in mind, guaranteeing sustained optimal performance. However, particular finishes may incorporate additional durability features that impact their pricing.

While some finishes may have slightly less endurance, they still provide a superior finish. It is important to note that the cost of washroom product finishes does not necessarily correspond to its durability; a less expensive finish may still be of high quality and have comparable endurance to a more costly option.

5. Market Demand

The popularity and demand for each finish can also impact the cost of washroom product finishes, for example, the cost may be higher due to limited supply and increased competition.

What is the price difference between PVD, Ceramic coating, and PPC?

Generally least expensiveMid-rangePremium
Polyester Powder CoatCeramic CoatingPhysical Vapour Deposition

The cost of Physical Vapour Deposition can vary based on the specific fitting it will be applied to. Additionally, opting for a custom-coated washroom product is likely to affect your budget as well.

The Ceramic coating is generally priced higher than PPC, but it is still a more cost-effective option than PVD. This unique coating provides excellent value for money and can give your washroom design a competitive edge.

Polyester Powder Coating is one of the most cost-effective finishes without compromising on quality. Its competitive price remains a dependable choice that you can rely on.

Cost of washroom product specialty finishes

The cost of washroom product finishes can vary among different washroom companies. To provide you with a general idea, here's an example of how much Dolphin Solutions’ washroom products cost with specialty finishes.

Please note that quotes are provided on a case-by-case basis and can be subject to change


Product codePPC Price (RRP)Ceramic Price (RRP)PVD Price (RRP)
Dolphin Inform Slimline Wall Tap – Strataplate Version


Product codePPC Price (RRP)Ceramic Price (RRP)PVD Price (RRP)
Dolphin Velocity Mini Hand Dryer


Product codePPC Price (RRP)Ceramic Price (RRP)PVD Price (RRP)
Dolphin Panel Mounted Infrared Soap Dispenser
Satin finished hand dryer

Alternative budget-friendly finishes

Satin finish or Mirror polish stainless steel is a good alternative to PVD, Ceramic, and PPC finishes.

Both metal finishings are classic and timeless, complementing a wide range of design styles. They are often readily available and easily sourced, which makes them a convenient choice for those with tight timelines. Mirror polish and satin stainless steel are also durable and relatively easy to clean and maintain, rendering either option a practical choice for commercial washrooms.

These finishes are more affordable than some of the other specialty finishes and are a cost-effective solution for those on a tight budget.

Balancing aesthetics, durability, and budget when choosing specialty finishes

Choosing the perfect finish for your washroom products is a significant decision, as it can drastically enhance the aesthetics of the space and ensure the durability of the products.

The cost of washroom product finishes depends on several factors, including the materials used, the application procedure, the type of product, and the level of demand for the specific finish. Certain high-end finishes, such as PVD, Ceramic Coating, and PPC, may be relatively more or less expensive compared to other finishes such as satin finish or mirror polish stainless steel.

Selecting the appropriate finish for your washroom products is a crucial decision that depends on your budget, style, and functional requirements. Therefore, it is advisable to have a thorough discussion with your washroom supplier to make an informed decision about the special finish that is best suited for your washroom design and budget.

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