Selecting Bathroom Faucets


Make no selection based on looks alone

The style of faucet you select will have a significant impact on how your client's bathroom will look, and how your fixtures will function. There are two main factors that affect the faucet style: the number of handles, and the shape and length of the spout.

Faucets are available in both single- and double-handled models. Most traditional faucets have two handles, while more contemporary-looking faucets often have one. Most spout styles are available in both models.

Don't make a selection based on looks alone; durability is the key to your clients' continued satisfaction. Comfort in the hand as one turns water on and off also is a factor given how many times the faucet will be used.

Make sure the faucet set you select is the proper size and design to fit the sink. Most vanity sinks come with holes drilled in their rims to accommodate standard faucets and plumbing components. Three basic faucet styles are designed to fit the predrilled holes.

Single-handled faucets have a more contemporary style. The controls can be located above the spout or to one side. Single-handled faucets have one spout and one handle that control the flow of both the hot and cold water. They generally are safer and more convenient to use than their two-handled counterparts. Users can turn on the water with their arm or elbow when hands are full or dirty. If the faucet can be equipped with a memory-setting accessory (which stops the handle in the same place every time), users will get water at the same temperature every time it is turned on.

Center-set faucets can be either contemporary or traditional in styling. Center-set faucets combine a spout and handle(s) in one unit. These faucets have either single-handle or double-handled controls. Lever-style handles are easier to operate, especially for the elderly and children. Cross-style handles go well with traditional bathroom decor, but can be more difficult to grip and turn. Most center-set faucets are designed for a three-hole basin, with the outside holes spaced 4 in. from center to center. However, some have a single-post design that requires only one hole.

In a spread-fit faucet, handles and spout are independent of each other. Spread-fit faucets offer greater design flexibility since you can adjust them to fit mounting holes in the sink up to 12 in. apart. They can be individualized even more if they are mounted on a countertop next to the sink. For example, you can place the spout on a rear corner and the handles off to one side. These faucets are handy for tight installations that lack the space for a full faucet at the back of the sink basin. This type of faucet offers a more traditional look than single-handled faucets and you can combine different style handles and spouts for a custom look.

Wall-mount faucets are attached to the wall as opposed to the sink or the counter. These faucets are designed for unusually shaped sinks, such as antique bowls or other vessels that have been modified for...


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