About Bathroom Faucets
While remodeling or updating your bathroom, there are several items to consider replacing whether it be the tiles, flooring, lighting fixtures or paint color. Along with these, there are other items such as bathtubs, cabinets, vanity mirrors and even the faucets. While most people will give due consideration to choosing the perfect bathtub, sink vanity or a vanity mirror, choosing the right bathroom faucets can be daunting due to the sheer number of styles available. However, don't get discouraged because we at BuildMyPlace.com have created the following guide to help you pick the perfect faucets for your bathroom.
Elements to Consider While Choosing Your Faucets
1. Faucet Material: Solid brass gives bathrooms a great classic look, and it's also right at the top in regards to durability. However, it's typically a more expensive option when compared to bronze, steel or aluminum faucets and these are all less durable than brass.
2. Faucet Installation Type: Faucets are categorized into different types based on their method of installation. For example, depending on how many holes are predrilled into the sink, tub or wall, only certain faucets will fit properly. Some examples are center-set, widespread, spread-fit, or single-hole.
3. Faucet Features or Controls: Whether you're looking for a sink, bathtub or shower faucet, it's important to consider the features and controls. Do you prefer a single handle that controls both hot and cold, or do you prefer dual controls? Does the arc of the sink handle make a difference? These are all questions to ask yourself when looking at new faucets.
4. Faucet Styles -The design style is another prominent factor while making your decision because you'll want the faucets to match the original bathroom design or complement the room's other fixtures. Some styles to consider are modern, traditional or transitional (a combination of both).
5. Faucet Practicality - You may come across a faucet design that appeals to you but installing it in your bathroom will depend upon several factors, most notably, the size of the room. You don't want to purchase a faucet that looks too big or small in comparison to the rest of the bathroom.
Types of Bathroom Faucets
Faucets can be categorized based on the following features:
- Faucet Design: Single Handle or Double Handle
- Configuration: Center Set, Single Hole or Widespread Faucets
- Fixture Installation: Deck Mount or Wall Mount
Bathroom Sink Faucets
Choose high-quality faucets for your sink that reflect your personality and creativity at BUILDMyplace. We offer a wide variety of faucets in different styles including Single Hole, Single Handle, Three Hole, Center Set, Widespread, Mini Widespread, Vessel Sink, Wall Mounted, Bridge Faucets, and more.
Are you looking for bathtub faucets that blend well with your bathroom interior and complement your bathtub as well? BUILDMyplace.com offers a variety of bathtub faucets that range across different designs, styles, and finishes. You can shop here for Freestanding Tub, Roman Tub, Clawfoot Tub, and Tub & Shower Faucets just to name a few.
Shower Faucets & Showerheads
We offer a remarkable collection of high-quality shower faucets & fixtures at truly affordable prices. You can browse through our different styles and finishes of Shower-Only Faucets, Tub & Shower Faucets, and Shower Packages. You can also check out our exclusive collection of showerheads including Fixed, Hand, Rain, Multi-Function, Dual, Body Spray, Specialty and Vertical Tower Spa Showerheads.
Which is better: One or two-handle faucets?
Both single handle and double handle faucets come with their pros and cons, but it really depends mainly on your personal preferences and how you intend to use the faucets.
Pros: Single-handle faucets are easy to use and affordable. They only require a sing-hole in the countertop to install.
Cons: Single handle faucets don't offer the same level of temperature control as double-handle faucets.
Double or Two-Handle Faucets
Pros: Double-handle faucets offer better temperature and water-flow control. If one of the handles stops working, the faucet can still be used to some extent. Additionally, chances of accidental scalding are rare because both handles are well marked.
Cons: Double-handle faucets are a little more expensive than the single-handle faucets and installing them is a bit more complicated. They require three holes in the countertop for installation.
Do sink and shower faucets need to match?
It's always good to have a matching sink and shower faucets. We have several matching collections including towel bars, robe hooks, toilet paper holders and soap sets.
Why are oil-rubbed bronze faucets more expensive?
Oil-rubbed bronze faucets are more expensive because they are very durable, easy to clean and don't show water spots or fingerprints.
Are chrome faucets out of style?
Although bathroom faucets are now available in a wide range of finishes including brass, copper, nickel, gold-plated, oil-rubbed, matte or shiny, chrome faucets still lead the pack. You can't go wrong with chrome.
Can I mix chrome and brushed nickel in a bathroom?
Mixing different metal finishes like chrome and brushed nickel creates depth and enhances the visual appeal of the bathroom. Consider mixing cool metal finishes like nickel, chrome and black, with warm metal finishes like brass, copper, gold-plated and oil-rubbed bronze.
Which finish is best for bathroom faucets?
To help you decide, here are a few of the pros and cons for some of the most popular faucet finishes:
Pros: Vintage look, easy to clean, durable finish, matches easily with other fixtures & accessories and blends well with all bathroom styles including modern, traditional and transitional.
Cons: More expensive than brushed nickel and chrome.
Pros: Offers aesthetic appeal, traditional look & feel, durable, easy to maintain, matches easily with other fixtures, no fingerprint marks or water spots and blends well in a traditional or Mediterranean environment.
Cons: Priced higher than brushed nickel and chrome finishes.
Pros: Copper tends to be more antibacterial and gives a rich feel to the bathroom. Copper-finish faucets go well with Tuscan and farmhouse settings.
Cons: Shiny copper finishes require more maintenance than the chrome and oil-rubbed bronze. They're also not as durable as brass and matching copper finishes with other bathroom accessories isn't as easy.
Pros: Looks darker than chrome and appears to change its color in different lighting. Polished nickel finishes are smooth, shiny, durable, and easy to clean and look great in a wide range of settings.
Cons: Polished nickel is expensive and hard to match with other fixtures & accessories in the bathroom.
Pros: Chrome is one of the most inexpensive finishes available and is both durable and easy to maintain. Chrome matches well with other accessories and fixtures.
Cons: Chrome finishes are prone to water spots and fingerprint marks.