If you're planning a renovation, or just want to replace an old bathroom faucet set, here are a few things you'll need to know, along with a few tips that should help you pick the faucet that's right for you.
You'll want to know what type of material the faucet is made of. Some faucets have plastic parts to make them less expensive but more prone to breakage. Others are made of brass, which is more expensive but more durable. Brass can tarnish, so make sure it has some kind of protective coating like chrome.
This is the heart of the faucet, the part that controls the flow and temperature of the water. There are four main types:
If you're interested, we have an article on how to fix the four types of faucets.
This is the coating or treatment applied to the faucet to protect it from wear and tear, and contributes to its look and style. Chrome or brass used to be the only ones available, but now there's a wide selection of colours, matte or glossy. Chrome tends to be the most durable because it's been around for so long, but new finishes like PVD (physical vapor deposition) are proving to be equally durable.
The faucet's design and looks are top of the list for some people, but style should not be more important than the other choices like how well it's made and how it works.
One function-related style consideration has to do with the spout. Depending on its height or shape, you may be able to do more things like hair washing. The handle type is another determiner - some people strongly prefer one handle over two, for example, but others like the simple functionality of two taps. Still others want to be rid of taps altogether with a hands-free model.
Finally, here are some tips that may give you more ideas or things to consider.
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