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Basic Considerations to Choosing a Kitchen Faucet

The basic function of a kitchen faucet would be in dispensing cold and hot water for washing up dishes, hands and food. Beyond that however is to define the style of the kitchen design.

With all of the old and new designs, mounting and finishes that you could find today, one could easily get overwhelmed on the selection of faucet. In this article, you will be able to know some of the crucial considerations.

Mounting Styles

Sink Mounted Faucet

You could find different kitchen faucets and sinks design nowadays, but they are actually not compatible always. If you are working with an existing sink, see to it that you check with how many mounting holes there is. New faucets tend to have either one up to four hole variables

When you ever have plans in replacing an existing faucet that only requires few holes that what you have, consider looking for a new faucet that have an escutcheon plate in order to cover any unneeded sink holes. This in fact will be able to do the trick on various standard sinks.

Handle Options

Single Handle Faucet

Single handle faucets are able to rotate directionally that mostly provides you an ability to regulate flow through up and down motion and temperature with side to side motions.

Double Handle Faucet

It actually needs a minimum of three holes for the installation process. The various options in fact makes kitchen faucet designs something that’s customizable.

Hands Free Faucet

This kind of hands free option is actually activated by a sensor. You will see the handle at its side where it allows you in adjusting the flow rate as well as the temperature.

Materials and Finishes

Some example of standard finishes and colors are nickel, chrome, polished brass, oil rubbed bronze, black, white and stainless steel. You need to be aware that not all finishes from different manufacturers are the same. It is in fact a good idea that if you have plans on buying a faucet in buying an accessory like a hand spray or soap dispenser from the same collection so you are able to get a good match.

Quality and Price

Most faucets in fact use a cartridge, ball valves or a ceramic disk valve. Faucets which comes with a ceramic disk valve and stainless steel or solid brass base material is actually more durable and it costs a lot more than just one with a plastic part.

An indicator of quality is one the weight. When you are unsure if a fitting is solid brass, you should try picking it up. This is going to feel much heavier compared to other units. Another thing is that solid brass bodies could last longer and this would need the least care, especially on hard water.

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