From the bathroom to the kitchen, you have countless options to consider when shopping for a new faucet. Not sure where to start? Follow our guide to choosing the right faucet fixtures for your Kingman, Arizona, home.
Think About the Sink
Before you start dreaming about faucet styles, think about the sink and what you’ll typically use it for. For instance, kitchen faucets have several different uses. Will the kitchen sink be your main spot for washing oversized pots and pans or bathing your little ones while they’re still tiny? If so, opt for a faucet with a high arch to avoid plumbing problems down the road.
Pick the Right Mount Style
One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is picking the faucet’s mount style. If you’re replacing an old deck-mount faucet with a new one, select one that fits easily into the existing countertop layout. If you’re designing a kitchen or bathroom from scratch, choose the one-piece or traditional three-piece deck-mount faucet that you like best.
Wall-mounted faucets are also great choices for bathrooms and kitchens with more minimalist designs. At Plumbing By Jake, we recommend hiring a plumber if you’re installing a faucet for the first time or if you’re considering a more complex wall-mounted model.
Choose the Best Faucet Mechanism
All faucets might have the same purpose, but they don’t work the same way. In fact, faucets rely on a variety of mechanisms to get you the water you need.
Choose from compression valve, ball valve, cartridge, or ceramic disk faucets. The latter type is considered the most reliable but isn’t always easy to install. No matter what type of faucet you’ve chosen, don’t hesitate to call our team for expert assistance with installation.
Slow the Flow
If saving water is a concern, look for a low-flow option with a WaterSense label. These faucets come in all shapes and sizes, but one primary feature ties them together.
They all use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute, which reduces the water flow by at least 30 percent. Consider replacing all of your faucets and showerheads with WaterSense models, and your family will save up to 700 gallons over the course of a year.
Get a Handle on Your Faucet
Faucets come with a wide range of handle options, starting with single and double handles for adjusting the temperature. In the kitchen, you’ll have even more choices. Kitchen faucets also include pull-out and pull-down sprayers for finer water control.
Select a Finish
The longer you shop for a new faucet, the more styles and options you’ll stumble across. Faucets come in all sorts of looks and styles, so you can choose the finish that complements the room and design perfectly.
First, try to find a finish that matches your cabinet hardware and nearby metal fixtures. When in doubt, choose chrome for a long-lasting finish that’s easy to maintain. This is an especially smart finish for high-traffic bathrooms or kitchens.
Nickel finishes can come in either brushed or satin finishes. While they look stylish, keep in mind that you’ll need to clean or polish them regularly to keep them looking great. Bronze faucet finishes give your bathroom or kitchen a warmer look, but be warned that this type of finish is prone to chips and scratches.
Add Some Features
Take your kitchen or bathroom to the next level with a functional or high-tech feature. Consider installing a faucet with an aerator to soften the water, a soap pump for easy hand washing, or a sanitizing feature for improved cleanliness. With a motion-activated faucet, you just have to position your hands underneath to start the flow.
If you’re relatively handy, you might feel comfortable installing a simple faucet on your own. When you add features or opt for more complicated models, however, we recommend professional installation. Our team offers accurate estimates for your plumbing projects, so don’t hesitate to contact us for pricing.
Whether you need a hand selecting the right faucet or installing your new find, we’re here to help. Call Plumbing By Jake’s experienced plumbers at 928-377-5910 today.
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