Choosing the right faucet for your bathroom can be a confusing process. There are limitless options to select from that often leave homeowners with more questions than answers. Fortunately, the plumbers at Mister Sewer Plumbing & Drain Experts are here to help. Our faucet installation and repair team can help guide you through the process of finding the perfect fixtures for your bathroom.
Here we will briefly discuss some of the things to consider when picking the right faucet for your bathroom:
Existing Sink vs. New Sink: Which Should You Get?
The first thing you should determine is whether or not you are keeping your existing sink. If you are currently upgrading your bathroom and purchasing a new sink to go along with other decor changes, then the choices you have for faucets will only be limited by your imagination. On the other hand, if you keep your current sink, you will need to work with the existing format and match the new faucet to the already present faucet openings.
If you plan to purchase a new sink for a renovation or another reason, you will need to match the sink layout to the faucet type you wish to install. There are several types of faucets currently on the market that you may want to consider:
These faucets combine the spout and water mixing handle into one component piece. The mixing handle is often a single level that controls both water flow and temperature. This type of faucet only requires a single hole for installation. Single-hole faucets are ideal for smaller bathrooms where space is limited.
A center-set faucet will fit standard three-hole sink configurations. These units will either have a single level or two handles mounted on a 6-inch plate. Faucets of this design will accommodate most bathroom sinks.
Faucets designed in the widespread-mount format have three individual pieces. Two handles control cold and hot water and the spout. These units tend to be larger than most other types of faucets and require additional space for mounting with an 8-inch separation between each faucet component.
Initially used in public restrooms, wall-mounted faucets have recently surged in popularity for use in residential settings. These units are designed to match vessel-type sinks that require longer spouts to extend over the bowl.
One of the next things you will need to consider when selecting a new faucet is the finish. Although the finish does not affect a faucet’s performance, it is still an important aspect that can complement your existing bathroom decor. Here are some of the finishes currently available:
If you have children, brushed finishes tend to hide water spots and fingerprints better than their polished counterparts, making them easier to maintain.
Finding the Perfect Bathroom Faucet for Years of Use
There is a multitude of other options now available for bathroom faucets you may want to consider. Motion-activated faucets, once only used in public bathrooms, are now commonplace in personal bathrooms. Laminar flow faucets have also gained popularity, providing a unique alternative to the use of aerators in traditional faucet configurations. There are choices for everyone’s taste when it comes to bathroom faucet selection.
If you are looking to add a new faucet to your bathroom, rely on our residential plumbers! We will help you find a faucet that will match your style and work within your budget. For more information, contact us today.