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Which Type of Kitchen Faucet is Right for You?

Faucets are functional and outspoken. They speak to the person’s taste and style particularly in the heart of the home: your kitchen. Your kitchen is the center for entertainment, dining and everyday functionality. It is the command center of all family functions and where everyone congregates so it’s important that your installation and finish to your kitchen is complete with style and practical use.

Before choosing kitchen faucets, you’ll need to consider a few factors, such as whether you’re using the existing sink or buying a new one and what features you want. You’ll also need to consider how much your budget allows and the size of your kitchen.

If you still haven’t decided, let us give you a short handy guide to choosing the right type of faucet for your kitchen.

Mounting Styles

There are 3 primary mounting styles to consider: sink-mounted faucets, deck-mounted faucets and wall-mounted faucets. Before choosing one, check how many mounting holes your existing sink has. New faucets come in one-, two-, three- or four- hole varieties.

Sink-mounted faucets are a great option if you need a quick kitchen update and want to reuse your existing sink. If design is important, this option will limit your faucet style options.

Deck-mounted faucets are mounted directly to the countertop and not the sink. This option provides a seamless look that’s best for contemporary kitchens. If space is a limitation, this option is not recommended as it occupies space on the countertop.

Wall-mounted faucets are placed on the wall adjacent to the sink. This option allows for easy cleanup, but requires more tedious relocation and installation. For colder climates, you’ll need to check with local codes for installation on an outside wall to insulate against freezing. For installation, your professional sewer and rooter service in Los Angeles will also need to measure the spacing and location to make sure the faucet and handles can be installed where you need them.

Handle Options

There are 3 primary handle options. Think about how you use your faucet every day and decide if one-handle, two-handle or a hands-free option suits your needs.

Single-handled faucets rotate directionally, providing the ability to regulate water flow and pressure from an up-and-down motion and side-to-side motion. This option is convenient when you only have one hand free. On the other hand, temperature adjustments are less precise than two-handle faucets.

Two-handle faucets usually require a minimum of three holes for installation. This option has dedicated hot and cold-water handles, allowing for more precision in temperature adjustments and water pressure and flow. On the other hand, this option limits you style-wise as it is more traditional.

Hands-free faucets are motion-activated. This option operates with a sensor that detects light contact. They are great for full hands, arthritic hands and children. They are also eco-friendly as it shuts off automatically to conserve water. On the other hand, this option does not allow for temperature adjustments by hand. It must be done manually, which can aggravate some homeowners.

Finishing Touches

Materials and color tones complete your kitchen finishes. This can be in chrome, brushed nickel, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, white, black and/or stainless steel. The options are endless.

Keep in mind that finishes vary by manufacturers. It’s a good idea to purchase the same collection from manufacturers to ensure a good match in style, price and quality.

For style, work with your designer to identify your personality and taste for kitchen aesthetics. Does your kitchen have a sleek and contemporary or rustic visual interest? Does it need simple, clean lines or angular detailing?

For price and quality, stainless steel or brass base materials will be more durable and costlier than its plastic counterparts. Remember that lower-priced faucets are often made with plastic parts that don’t hold up. When investing in kitchen parts, consider costs of replacements and plumber fees that may negate the savings.

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