What to expect
Removal of old faucet, cleaning out the surface as good as possible and installation of the new fixture with the new water supply lines. Angle stop replacement is also available. Testing for proper operation and walk-through with the home owner. Faucet installation takes about an hour.
Factors to Consider
Whether you’re replacing an old faucet, or installing a new one, you’ll need to consider about an hour.
Mounting Options – Deckplate, non-deckplate and wall-mount
Features and Functions – Handles, sprayers and spouts
Finish – Tones, features and décor coordination
Features and Functions
Once you know the number of holes your faucet requires and which mounting option you prefer, you’re ready to consider handle, sprayer and spout options.
Handles – Kitchen faucets have one or two handles
Single-Handle – Faucets can be attached to the faucet base or stand-alone and require one or two sink holes. Many models come with a mounting plate to cover up to three unused holes and are ADA compliant for people with disabilities. A side sprayer can be integrated in the main faucet desk or as part of the faucet spout.
Double-Handle – Faucets have separate handles for hot and cold water and require three sink holes. The handles may be integrated with a deckplate or mounted separately. The sprayer is typically separate from the faucet head.
Sprayers may be located on the faucet spout or to the side. Some faucets incorporate pull-out or pull-down spray heads into the spout that allow you to direct water wherever you choose, providing added convenience and versatility for cooking and cleaning.
Pull-Out – Sprayers have faucet spouts that are curved or angled, allowing the head to be pulled out and extended. They are available for single-handle faucets and useful for washing dishes and vegetables and rinsing the sink. Some units offer an additional spray and/or pause function located within the main faucet head.
Pull-Down – Sprayers have faucet spouts that riser into high arc, allowing the head to be pulled down into the sink. They are available for single – or double – handle faucets and allow more space and flexibility in the sink. The pull-down feature often includes a spray and/or pause function.
Side – Sprayers mount to the side of the faucet and require a separate hole in the sink or countertop. They water flow to hard-to-reach areas and make cleaning large pots or preparing food easier and retract when not in use. Side sprayers can often be matched with existing faucet.
Kitchen faucets come in a variety of spout styles and heights. The type of sink you have may limit some of your options, but generally this isn’t an issue. Select a faucet with a spout that reaches as close to the center of the sink as possible. Average sized sinks require 8″-10″ spout while larger sinks with multiple bowls may require 12″-14″ spout.
Standard – spouts are commonly 3″-5″ high above the plane of the sink
High-Arc – spouts, also known as Gooseneck spouts, are commonly 8″-10″ high above the plane of the sink. They add elegant style, provide more work room and increase range by rotating as much as 180 degrees.
The finish is the surface coating on the spout and handles. Consider a finish that compliments your kitchen’s theme and coordinated with décor, lighting and appliances. Many manufacturers have special processes that make their finishes highly durable and resistant to abrasion and discoloration. Many also provide lifetime guarantees that protect the faucet against tarnish, so look for a finish backed by a strong warranty. In the samples of popular finishes below, color representations should only be used as guide and may not be shown in their try quality due to differences in color monitors.
Chrome – may have a polished, brushed or matte finish. Durable, economical and easy to clean, it resists oxidation but does show water marks more than some other finishes.
Stainless Steel – may have a polished, brushed or matte finish. Durable, economical and easy to clean, it resists oxidation by does show water marks more than some other finishes.
Nickel – may have brushed or satin look and is stylish, durable and easy to clean. Look for units with a titanium finish to better resist scratching and tarnish.
Mixed Colors – and metallic tones can be matched to your bathroom’s color scheme. Striking combinations include satin nickel and polished brass, brushed nickel and polished chrome, satin nickel and white, and more.
Brass – may have high gloss, satin or antique finish and is ideal for traditional décor. Faucets with a lifetime finishes resist damage and wear.
Bronze – compliments neutral color palettes and is a popular choice for a rustic look. It may have a polished, brushed or darker oil-rubbed look with highlights and resists scratches, tarnishing and corrosion.
Solid Color – finishes may be epoxy or baked-on enamel and clean easily. Popular options include white, black, and ivory.