Toilet refurbishment

Toilet from the Venticello collection from Villeroy & Boch

You might think so at first glance, but: not all toilets are the same. It is not just the shape of the toilet that has evolved over time. Extra features have also been developed for greater hygiene. From self-cleaning functions to concealed screws and water saving – refurbishing a toilet opens up lots of options to enhance comfort and convenience. You might be wondering: what does refurbishing a toilet actually involve?  You can find an overview of all the important details for the different shapes and installation types here. 

Why does a toilet need to be refurbished from time to time?

Subway 3.0 toilet from Villeroy & Boch

Renovating a toilet is often not a time-consuming task. The costs vary but are high as this refurbishment has a lasting effect. Installing a new toilet increases the level of hygiene in your home. Older ceramic might be more difficult to clean or perhaps no longer reflects your taste. Installing a new toilet also allows you to take account of your current living situation. For instance, changing the height of the toilet seat will increase comfort as you get older, while a special child seat will be useful for anyone with young children. And if you decide to replace the old washout toilet with a washdown toilet during your renovation, you are taking a positive step to save water and protect the environment. 

What should you consider when refurbishing a toilet?

Refurbishing a toilet might mean replacing just the toilet or include other individual components too. For example, if the toilet is cracked, feels rough or is heavily stained, replacing the ceramic might be enough for now. But perhaps the design of your guest toilet dates from many decades ago and it’s high time for a refurbishment. 

In the case of a complete refurbishment, you will replace the toilet as well as the connections and flush. Complete replacement makes sense for older toilets in particular. However, extensive refurbishment means more work is needed until the new toilet is in place. For example, if you want to refurbish an old freestanding toilet with an integrated flush, you will also need to make a wall covering for the new concealed flush. A complete refurbishment is also an opportunity to try out new ideas, for example, incorporating practical storage surfaces. 

What do I need to look out for with a new toilet?

Universo TwistFlush toilet from Villeroy & Boch

When renovating your toilet, don’t forget to consider your living situation. If you are getting close to retirement, a raised toilet might be a good idea. A few grab handles are useful too and will ensure greater safety.  

While the trend is increasingly towards washdown toilets, it is still possible to find washout toilets. The main difference between washdown and washout toilets is the shape of the inner bowl. A washdown toilet has a funnel-like shape – waste is channelled directly into the drainage pipe. It uses less water and leaves less residue. Another factor for a washdown toilet is the reduced odour formation. A washout toilet has a kind of ledge in the bowl that catches waste. Flushing then sweeps everything into the water. 

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Avento toilet from Villeroy & Boch

More and more customers are moving away from floor-standing toilets and opting for wall-mounted models due to the easy cleaning of the toilet bowl and floor. Fewer corners and joints mean less space for dirt. But: a floor-standing toilet can be a real feature in a bathroom for anyone with a penchant for retro design. 

Functions such as AquaReduct help save water when flushing. A rimless toilet design eliminates the hollow space in the rim. Bacteria and dirt can quickly accumulate in this space. A rimless toilet is easier to clean and uses less water for flushing. This is good news for the environment in two respects.

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How does a toilet refurbishment work?

The first step when refurbishing a toilet is to remove the old one. This generally means you will need to switch the water off for a short time. Depending on how the old toilet is installed, the tiled backsplash might need to be partially or completely removed to replace the flush. The old supports will also need to be dismantled. As soon as all components have been removed, the new ceramic can be installed.

Aesthetic benefit from refurbishing a toilet

If aesthetics are important to you in the bathroom too, pay attention to the installation system for your toilet. With technologies such as the SupraFix 3.0attachment system, all screws are concealed from view. Make sure too that the selected ceramic coordinates with the existing items in your bathroom. Choosing consistent shapes in the bathroom and the same colour of ceramic will create a restful and harmonious impression. 

Subway 3.0 toilet from Villeroy & Boch

What is the price bracket for a toilet refurbishment?

The costs for refurbishing a toilet will depend on the extent of the changes you make. If you simply replace the ceramic, the costs of your toilet refurbishment will be lower than if you decide to replace the entire tiled backsplash. For example, if you want to refurbish a guest toilet, you can expect to pay somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 euros. The costs for renovating the toilet are correspondingly lower. The benefits of the new look and hygienic operation are high in both cases. 


You can find details of all refurbishment costs here