What to Consider When Choosing a Faucet

photo credit - Charles & Hudson

photo credit – Charles & Hudson

Though we are used to seeing faucets in our daily lives, we seldom think about them except when we need to replace ones that have ceased to be useful or whenever carrying out a remodeling in the bathroom or kitchen. Interestingly, when you need to replace them, there are so many faucets in the market to confuse you. You need to be thorough when making a choice because they don’t have similar characteristics. You definitely might find it a challenging endeavor trying to look for ones that you can use for replacement. However, with a few helpful tips, you needn’t worry. Here’s how you can pick a great faucet that does not only offer value for your money but also guarantees you durability.

Material

Just as anything else, its the material used in the manufacturing that determines the durability. You must be in need of a strong and durable faucet that will offer value for your money. When choosing a faucet, be sure to look at the material it is made of. Don’t be misled by physical appearances into buying one of low quality, made of a poor material that is cleverly disguised by coatings. It is nice to sample various faucets and whenever possible, buy one made of a strong material such as copper and brass.

Faucet type

There are many faucet types to chose from. When choosing a faucet, don’t rush into making a poor choice before sampling the available types. Different manufacturers make different faucets with distinct features. According to your own tastes and preferences, you need to view the available types and choose one that has the features you like. You also need to keep in mind that not all faucets work with every sink basin. For instance, faucet drilling can be center-set, single hole or widespread. The spout of the widespread faucets has two handles for hot and cold water respectively. On the other hand, the mini-widespread or center-set faucets, they have their spout and valves on a single base unit.They might also have either a single handle or two mixing handle levers that are mounted onto the plate.

Mounting set up

The mounting set up is a point you almost need to factor before other things. This is particularly important because despite the fact that you might choose a durable faucet made of great materials with solid features, its compatibility will have the last laugh. It is therefore very imperative to pay attention to the mounting set up when choosing a faucet. If for some reason you decide to replace a plain faucet with a different one which has a different design as well as a different mounting design, you will be inviting yourself to a lot of extra work which you have to pay for thus an increase in expenses. You cannot surely go that route when there are better options that can guarantee you a real cost saving. However, if you have the requisite tools with you and you are pleased with a different faucet with a different mounting set up, there is no reason why you should not go for it.

Faucet construction

Different faucets are differently constructed. That is why you need to factor it when choosing a faucet for your bathroom or kitchen. Be sure to go through the various models before deciding on the one that can easily be used for replacement. Every type of faucet possesses an inner valve which is responsible for controlling the flow of water through the spout. You can therefore bank on the quality of the valve, whether it has a washer or not, to determine the durability as well as reliability of a faucet. The best available choices to choose from are those with corrosion resistant qualities, solid brass or brass based metal. One of the repeated problems that faucets have for a very long time is the leaking that often occurs after some years of use. In order to address this problem when choosing a faucet, be sure to look for one that has a design that does not use washers. That will greatly help you get a faucet that will not need replacement soon after it starts leaking. It might also do you great if you try to look out for new designs that are perhaps better than the ones we’re used to.



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