Faucets are available in four types: single hole, center set, widespread and wall mount. There are a few factors that go into choosing the perfect Faucet type for your next housing project. Although the design of the sink plays a large part in determining which type of faucet style you're able to install, different materials and spouts can also determine the quality, design, and durability of the faucet.
- Easy to install and maintain
- Compact and easy to use
- Often used on smaller sinks and may have an optional cover plate
- Usually have one handle connected to the spout, though some may have separate handles for hot and cold water
- Ideal for smaller, predrilled or pre-existing basins
- Combine the handles and spout on a 4-inch base unit
- The most commonly used faucet, least expensive and easiest to install
- Standard spread of at least 8 inches
- Feature hot- and cold-water valves that are separate from the spout
- Often more costly than other types but allow for a broad range of placement options
- Mini-widespread faucets (mini spreads) have a range of 4 inches
Aerated spouts mix air with the water and utilize a screen and restrictor to limit flow while simultaneously improving water pressure.
Nonaerated spouts do not have a screen and allow water to flow freely, causing a waterfall-like effect.
Touchless Electronic handles help conserve water by shutting off automatically as soon as you are done washing your hands. The internal valve mechanism is crucial to a high-quality operation, as it governs the flow of water through the spout.
Compression valves, which feature a rubber washer to stem the flow of water, are the most common type, but they tend to drip when the washers become worn. Consider choosing a ball, cartridge or ceramic disc valve for better performance.
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