Choosing the Right Bathroom Faucet
The faucet and coordinating hardware are the details that help make a bathroom look finished. There are tons of options on the market for faucets, so we put together a quick guide for choosing the right faucet for your bathroom remodel.
If you’re retrofitting a bathroom, your sink will have predrilled holes to accommodate the faucet. Determining what type of faucet you need is the first step in the process.
- Single hole – There is only one hole in the sink, which accommodates a faucet that combines the spout and handle.
- Center-set – This fits a standard three-hole sink and has handles drilled 4 inches apart.
- Widespread – A three-hole sink with wide set holes designed for separate handles.
The finish is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Depending on the finish you choose, you can alter the texture and feel of your bathroom. That being said, there are umpteen metals and finishes to choose from, which can feel overwhelming.
First things first, consider your countertop—if you have granite countertops, many faucet finishes can complement the variety of colors in the stone. Think about what you want in terms of a color scheme to determine your base metal.
Polished finishes look beautiful, but it does require upkeep to get rid of fingerprints and water stains—brushed finishes are great for houses full of kids or bathrooms with a lot of traffic.
In older homes and older bathrooms, faucets may have a high flow rate, which leads to increased water consumption. A 1992 government mandate stated that going forward, U.S. manufactured faucets have a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). Retrofitting a pre-1992 faucet can result in savings of thousands of gallons of water annually.
In your comparison of faucets, you may also see some with the WaterSense label attached. WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored program that uses third-party testing to see if faucets flow lower than 1.5 gpm. Some faucets include a low-flow aerator that fits on the end of the faucet.
Remodel in Style
Visit Niron Depot’s Colorado Design Centers to choose the right faucets for your bathroom. We can help at any stage of the remodeling process so contact us to get started right away! Even if you live outside of Colorado, such as New Mexico or Nebraska, we can help you get your dream bath.