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on August 08, 2016 Kitchen bath Tubs Bathroom

Making the Most of Your Bath Faucet Choices

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Choosing the right bath faucet for your Southern California home can largely be dictated by the type of sink it will be partnered with.

Pedestal or drop-in sinks typically come with holes along the back edge for mounting the faucet, and the distance between the holes determines the range of faucets that will fit. 

An Above-counter sink, known as a ‘drop-in’ and Under-mounts often come without any holes, opening up more possibilities. Because there are so many variations in both sinks and faucets, it’s a good idea to shop for them at the same time..

You may find the right faucet but not a sink that will accommodate it -- better to learn that before the plumber arrives. 

The Most Common Types of Faucets to Choose From

Carefully considering your bath faucet options will help round out your bathroom with class and creativity..

Among the most common types of faucets are centers, widespread, wall-mounted, and mono block (or single-hole) faucets. 

Centersets have the spouts and one or two handles to control water flow on a shared base. They’re compact, so they’re well suited to small sinks and tight spaces. 

Good to know: Centerset faucets combine the faucet with the central spout. They can be very compact. 

Widespread faucets have individual control handles for hot and cold water and a separate one for the spout. They’re for sinks with three holes on the back rim or for under-mounts or drop-in sinks without holes when the faucet is mounted directly on the deck. 

Good to know: In a widespread faucet, the faucets and spouts are all separate pieces, better for larger sinks and counter installations.

Wall-mounted faucets come with one or two control handles and are mounted directly behind or to the side of the sink. They’re a little more complicated to install because all of the plumbing is buried in the wall, but they have the advantage of making it easier to clean around the sink. 

Good to know: Wall-mounted faucets come in a variety of contemporary styles. (A nice touch for Southern California homes.)

Monoblock faucets house everything in a single component. They require only a single hole in the sink or countertop. 

Good to know: Because the monoblock faucet incorporates the spout and control in a single unit, it is considered more contemporary in style. 

A Quick Word on Faucet Finishes

Faucet finishes run the gamut from polished chrome or brass to brushed nickel or bronze. A process called physical vapor deposition (PVD) makes a more wear-resistant surface than conventional electroplating.

The overall design of the bathroom, including fixture selection, walls, and countertop material, will help guide faucet selection. But in general, brushed or hammered surfaces don’t show fingerprints and water spots as readily as polished chrome or brass.

“Cheap faucets are a headache, but no need to break the bank.”

It’s entirely possible to spend a small fortune on a faucet for the bathroom sink, but at a certain point you’re paying for aesthetics, not function.

Cheap faucets are nothing but a headache, but it isn’t necessary to break the bank to get a well-made bath faucet that will provide many years of trouble-free service. Look for all-metal construction, a PVD finish, and a valve design that doesn’t use washers, such as a ceramic disc valve.