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How to Buy a Faucet

Whether you are cooking, washing your hands or brushing your teeth, you want to have the right faucet for your sink. While a faucet may seem like a simple device, things can get pretty complicated when it comes time to choose a new one. There are four key factors to consider before you select a faucet:

  • Functionality
  • Design
  • Compatibility
  • Quality

Functionality: Assessing Your Needs

Before you start browsing the options, create a list of features that you know you need in a new sink. If you plan to wash your baby in the basin, then a tall faucet that leaves lots of room might be best. Hot chocolate fanatics may be interested in adding a beverage water dispenser while cooking enthusiasts could benefit from a pot filler arm. There are also several features that you can select depending on your personal taste. For example, you may opt to install an extendable main faucet to make it easier to spray down pans. You will also need to choose between a simple single handle fixture and double-handle varieties.

Compatibility: Integrating New Faucets

While many mounts can be adapted to most faucets, making modifications may increase the cost in materials and labor. Each mounting has between one and four holes in it, which determines the number of handles and add-ons you can use. The number of holes can be effectively reduced by installing a plate to cover unused openings.

Quality: Finding the Right Value

Going with the cheapest option isn’t always the best value when you factor in replacements and repairs. Faucets made of ceramic, stainless steel or solid brass tend to last longer than those with plastic components. In many cases, you can quickly assess quality material by weighing it in your hands. Quality fixtures usually weigh more than comparable plastic ones.

Design: Aesthetic Options

Of course, it’s important that your faucet compliments the look of the room. Many manufacturers offer a variety of color and material texture choices for their fixtures. There are also stylized options to help the sink blend with any theme, from rustic country to sleek modern. If you need help choosing a kitchen or bathroom faucet, call the knowledgeable plumbers at Rooter Hero Plumbing. We're always happy to help!

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