Choosing the Right Faucet
When you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, you’ll likely be interested in upgrading your faucet. Today’s faucets have more energy-efficiency options, a variety of styles and functionality updates. You’re going to be living with the new faucet for a long time, so you want to make sure it fits your home’s style and is practical.
To learn more about high-end faucet solutions, read on.
Consider the spout’s height and reach
Faucet spouts vary greatly in their height and reach. In most instances, you can simply pick the one you think looks best; however, if you have a shelf above the sink, then a tall spout may not be the best fit. For a kitchen with a three-bowl sink, you want a faucet with good reach.
For a bath faucet, you will likely spend at least $65. For kitchen faucets, it’s more like $100. You might be able to get a functional faucet that costs less, but you’ll likely pay for it in the long run when it stops working before its time. When you spend more than the standard budget, you can opt for luxury items that go beyond basic reliability.
Benefits of ceramic valves
No one likes to hear that persistent dripping sound indicating a leak. To avoid it, consider going with a faucet with ceramic valves. These stay drip-free for many years. Best of all, ceramic valves don’t typically come at a higher cost.
Style and substance
Plenty of homeowners will choose a faucet based on looks alone. They may figure that all faucets are basically the same—but the quality of this fixture matters. You don’t want to have to fix leaks or have the faucet replaced early. It’s best to research the brand you’re considering and consult with the pros on which faucets are the highest quality.
Faucet finish types
There are typically three options when it comes to faucet finishes. Here’s what to consider for each:
- Nickel: These may also be called brushed or stainless steel and have a dull luster. These faucets are very durable but are liable to collect fingerprints, making it more difficult to keep them clean. Some nickel faucets will have a coating intended to reduce stains and smudges, but the coating isn’t as durable as the metal, so it may wear or chip.
- Chrome: Here’s a durable finish that’s very common for commercial kitchens and public bathrooms. Chrome is an excellent choice if you expect that the faucet will get a lot of use.
- Bronze: An oiled or rubbed bronze will have a brown tone. The surface is a coating, often epoxy, instead of metal. While this coating is tough, it can chip or wear.
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