Marble Products #2000, #3000, #4000 and #100 shampoo bowls are all made out of poured epoxy (also called “Cultured Marble” or “Man Made Marble”. This is a very hard durable material but still a type of plastic. A salon shampoo bowl manufactured with poured epoxy will last several years. At the other end of the spectrum are salon shampoo bowls manufactured out of ABS plastic or fibreglass. These are very light weight materials that will not hold up as long as other shampoo bowls.
Check your local building code or with your plumber to see if you are required to have a vacuum breaker on your shampoo bowl. If you are required to have it, you will not pass inspection without it. The reason salon shampoo bowls are often required to have a vacuum breaker is because they are outfitted with a shampoo hose which may be in the basin in dirty water. If the water pressure were to drop in the building, the dirty water would be sucked back up into the building’s water supply. A vacuum breaker prevents this from occurring. Often a vacuum breaker is an optional expense, but Collins shampoo bowls all include the vacuum breaker at no extra charge.
Salon shampoo bowls may be outfitted with different water controls/fixtures. A standard setup for a salon shampoo bowl is a one handle water fixture with a shampoo spray. Some water controls have a metal handle, others are equipped with a plastic knob. Pull up to turn on the water and control the pressure. Turn left or right to change the water temperature.
The Beecher Group sells an array of salon shampoo bowls to fit all needs and budgets: