Types of Bathroom Faucets
Find a faucet that is easy to install and fits your style
By Josienita Borlongan
Bathroom faucets come in different finishes and styles. Replace your bathroom faucets to give the bathroom an updated look without spending a lot of money on renovations. Choose the style and finish of bathroom faucets that would complement the style of your home. Match the finishes of other hardware used with the rest of the house to ensure cohesiveness.
Use a single-lever faucet if you are replacing a faucet with a single hole, whether on bathroom sinks or bathtubs. Single-lever faucets come with the same control for hot or cold water. Simply lift the lever to turn it on. The higher you lift the lever, the more water comes out. Adjust to cold or hot by pointing the lever to the left or to the right. Point the lever to the left for hot water and to the right for cold water. Single-lever faucets are easier to install than double-handle faucets, because the single-lever faucets come in one piece.
Install double-handle faucets to replace faucets with two handles. There are two types of double-handle faucets -- widespread and mini-spread. Widespread faucets have wider gaps between the handles and the faucet, while the mini-spread faucets have narrower gaps. Operate either handle to turn on the water. Use the left handle for hot water or the right handle for cold. It is more difficult to install double-handle faucet than single-lever faucet because there are three holes, one for each handle and one for the faucet.
You can find sinks with wall-mount faucets in older homes, or in newly constructed homes with customized wall-mount faucets. It is not a standard type of installation for sinks; therefore, it requires rearranging the plumbing if you prefer to replace your existing sink-mounted faucet with a wall-mounted faucet. Replace an old bathtub faucet with a wall-mounted faucet. Choose between single-handle or double-handle wall-mounted faucets, depending on what would suit your style and needs.
Similar to a single-lever or single-handle faucet, a centered faucet can replace a faucet with one hole. The major difference between the two is that the centered faucet comes with two handles, much like a double-handle faucet, but with one connection instead of three.
Use vessel faucets for vessel sinks. Vessel faucets are taller than the standard-type faucets. They usually come with one lever only and therefore would need only one hole for installation. Most styles of vessel faucets are contemporary and have different sizes of spouts that create different types of flows. Choose a narrow spout for a normal flow, or a wider spout for a waterfall effect.
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Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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