If you are redoing your kitchen or bathroom, a new faucet is typically part of the process. Even if you are simply replacing an old faucet, you need to make the right decision about the new fixture that you will be using for the next several years.
How do you go about it? Here are some considerations when choosing the right faucet for your home.
Conserve water with a low flow faucet or use a higher flow faucet in an area seldom used but in need of higher flow. An ensuite might function with low flow while the guest bathroom might need a little more. You will need to balance function with water conservation when making this decision.
Number of handles
Single handle faucets are generally easier to use but you might prefer the double handle version for aesthetics. Preventing burns might be another reason to install a single handle faucet with a stop limit that prevents it from turning past a certain point. You might need higher temperatures in your kitchen with increased flow rates for cooking. Consider how you use the sink and whether you need to make it easier for some family members to use.
Types of faucets
There are multiple types of faucets based on the internal makeup and method of operation. You can choose from four main types of faucet: ball, disc, cartridge and compression. Ball and disc are single lever types, while cartridge and compression faucets have two handles. Their configurations affect performance, ease of use, and likelihood of leakage.
Faucet modes of operation affect their performance and risk of leakage and failure. Due to its more complicated makeup, ball faucets tend to leak easier than disc type faucets. Compression faucets are the only washer type faucets which makes them the least reliable. If you have a limited budget, consider carefully the initial cost of a more expensive faucet against the likelihood of having problems in the near future.
If you are replacing just a faucet and not the whole sink, you will need to consider the openings in your existing sink. Depending on what you had before, you may be limited based on number of holes and hole location. Some faucets come with adaptors to cover holes but you cannot add holes where there are none and you cannot move them to the location you need. Ensure you take this into account before purchasing a faucet you are unable to use.
If you need help with your faucet replacement, give us a call or schedule service online and we can make the process smoother so you can start enjoying your new fixtures without headaches.