When it comes to your kitchen, nothing works as hard as your kitchen faucet. Whether you are cooking or cleaning, the faucet is a workhorse which stands front and center, defining décor for your space. So how do you make the all-important choice of which faucet to choose whether you are building your new kitchen from scratch or updating it on the cheap?
With thousands of styles from which to choose, you can let your imagination run wild. But, as plumbers, we suggest you take a few things into consideration. For instance, which type of mounting do you prefer? Your choices are deck-mounted, sink-mounted and wall-mounted, each of which provide specific aesthetics and functionality.
Kitchen Faucet Mounts:
- Deck-mounted faucets. With this choice of faucet, your sink will be affixed directly to the countertop instead of the sink. When installing a deck-mounted faucet, make sure to allow more than a finger’s width behind the faucet for cleaning. Deck-mounted faucets offer a seamless look that compliments contemporary kitchens but they take up countertop space. So, if your kitchen is on the smaller side, you may want to avoid this type of mount.
- Sink-mounted faucets. Not all kitchen faucet and sink designs are compatible. For example, while working with your existing sink, check the available number of mounting holes. New faucets provide either one-, two-, three- or four-hole varieties. If you are replacing an existing faucet which requires fewer holes than you the older model, you will need to purchase a deck plate at the base, which is known as an escutcheon plate. This will cover unnecessary sink holes for most standard sinks.
- Wall-mounted faucets. Popular in the 1950’s but making a comeback, especially for filling pasta pots, this type of faucet must work with the sink as far as water spout projection. This is especially important to note when using a double sink. Although countertop cleanup is a breeze with this type of faucet, in colder climates, you should consider using extra insulation to guard against freezing.
Hands-free, single handle and dual handle are the three basic designs, each of which offers distinct design appeal as well as functionality:
- Single-handled faucet rotates directionally, usually providing the ability to regulate flow with an up-and-down motion and temperature with a side-to-side motion. These tend toward sleek, modern designs.
- Double-handled faucets fit in well with more traditional designs, and usually require a minimum of three holes for installation. The wide variety of handle options makes this kitchen faucet design more customizable.
- Hands-free faucets are a great option, activated by a sensor. The most forward-thinking designs, these fit well into streamlined kitchens. Notice the handle at the side, which allows you to adjust the temperature and flow rate.
Kitchen Faucet Finishes:
In the past, faucet color choices were silver or silver. Today, there are as many finishes as there are design styles. From chrome to nickel or brushed nickel, to polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, white, black or stainless steel –the sky is the limit. Avoid ordering from a catalog or showroom, since manufacturer finishes may vary. This means that one version of brushed nickel could look significantly different from the same finish offered by a competitor. Make sure you compare apples to apples where faucet finish is concerned.
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