Things to Consider When Choosing a Faucet in Reading or the North Shore, MA
When you decide it’s time for a bathroom or kitchen faucet replacement in Reading, MA or the North Shore, you’ll need to know how to pick a good faucet. Selecting a faucet goes way beyond just choosing a shiny one that will look good next to your other plumbing fixtures. Our plumbers want to help you choose a faucet that will not only look great, but that will also perform well and stand up to the test of time.
Consider all of these faucet characteristics before you make your final decision.
How was the faucet made? Generally, a faucet that was casted in a mold will be more durable than a faucet that was pressed in a machine.
How many handles does the faucet have? There’s no right or wrong answer for how many handles a faucet should have, but consider what you would prefer. Many people like a single handle that controls both the hot and cold water, while others like to have two handles mounted alongside the spout. Another option is a widespread faucet which has two handles mounted separately from the spout. Some people like the look of a widespread faucet, but be prepared to pay a bit more if you choose this option.
What type of finishing does the faucet have? There are many finishes to choose from including: chrome, brushed chrome, powdered-enamel, stainless steel, gold plating, pewter, and polished brass. Obviously, you’ll want a finish that will look good in your bathroom or kitchen, but you’ll also want to make sure that the finish will resist tarnishing over the years. The nicer finishes will come on the pricier faucets, so if you’re working on a budget, you’ll want to strike a balance between quality and cost.
Does the faucet have quality interior components? Even some beautifully finished faucets are hiding cheap, plastic components on the inside. Quality components are what will make your faucet function properly for years to come. A low-quality valve, for example, could cause abrupt changes in water temperature as you switch from cold to hot.
Does the faucet come with a warranty? Many faucets offer some level of protection against water leaks; some even offer lifetime protection. Why not choose one that offers you some level of assurance that the product will last?
Knowing more about how to choose the right faucet can sometimes make it even more difficult to choose! At Waldman Plumbing, we’re here to help. Our plumbers can help you select and install any plumbing fixture you need including low-flow fixtures. Before you tackle a bathroom or kitchen remodel in Reading or the North Shore, call for help from the plumbing experts!