Bathroom Faucets: How to choose?
When remodeling your bathroom, sometimes the faucet can seem like a minor detail. However, once you begin thinking about it you may realize that there are numerous bathroom sink faucets available for you to choose from. Each differ in shape, size, finish, and design, and when talking about additional traits added for convenience, how in the world can you ever decide. There are a few factors that you can consider in order to help you narrow down your search and ensure the type of faucet you purchase is perfect for you and your home.
It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a faucet for an old sink or replacing the entire bathroom sink, the faucet needs to fit the openings in the sink. For this reason, it’s important to consider what faucet type will work best for your sink. Single faucets often use a single lever and combine the spout and mixing handles into one unit. Because of this, this type of faucet only requires one hole drilled for the sink. Single whole faucets work if you have a smaller bathroom sink, like what would commonly be found in a powder room. Center set faucets are used for three whole sinks and typically use a single leather or two handles that are mounted onto a six inch plate. Center set faucets work well with most types of bathroom sinks. Widespread mounts contain three different pieces. The faucet contains two hands and a spout, with at least eight inches of distance existing between the two handles. Widespread mounts are typically larger than other bathroom faucets, but smaller versions (minispreads) are designed with the intention of working well with standard holes. Wall mounted faucets require longer spouts that extend over the bowl and can save a lot of counter space. As you begin looking at faucet, you’ll notice a lot of them can fit into one than more category, but keep in mind how big the sink itself is when looking.
There are tons of finishes you can choose from for your faucet. If you begin feeling overwhelmed with deciding on a finish, try these steps. First concentrate on the look of the finish rather than what is used. Look at examples and choose the one that you like the looks of more than any other. Second, try and coordinate finishes so that everything in the bathroom contains the same finish. Remember that if you choose a polished finish because of its elegance, these also require upkeep or they lose their sparkle. Also, if you have children, consider going with a brushed finish. This type of finish is excellent for hiding water spots or sticky fingerprints children may leave behind.
Next, look at the style of the faucet. Most of the design for a faucet focuses on the spout. In order to keep up with the high number of bathroom renovations, and beat out the competition, companies are constantly designing new looks for faucets, making the process of choosing just a little bit harder. Think about what you need and what fits best with your home and in the room itself. What will look out of place? What will look right in your home? What will look out of place and stick out like a sore thumb? What looks best with the finish you have chosen? Think about all of this while trying to decide on the right faucet for the bathroom.
New faucet fixtures in the United States must be made to contain a maximum flow rate of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute because of the effort to create water conservation standards. Conserving water saves you money. The flow rate of the faucet can be lower than 2.5 gallons per minute, and technology is constantly being updated in order to make this happen. One way of doing this is to replace your aerator with a Water Sense approved aerator, which is estimated to save you around 500 gallons of water a year per faucet retrofitted.
Another consideration when looking at what type of faucet you want is what type of technology you want incorporated. There are a number of different types of technology now common in faucets. Sanitizing faucets are on the rise, especially for families containing children who love to get down and dirty in the mud. Motion activated faucets are becoming bigger every day. This faucets use battery or AC power and contain motion activated on and off sensors, flow control, sensor adjustments and a multitude of pre-set options. Self-powered motion activated faucets use a tiny turbine powered by water flow rather than batteries or AC power. Laminar flow allows water to come out soft and silky due to the fact laminar flows are created by dozens of parallel sheets of water.